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"Bee Movie": The Importance of Doing Our Part

Bee Movie centers on the life of Barry B. Benson—a maverick bee who is less than enthusiastic about taking his place in the hive as a life-long worker. When Barry takes an unauthorized trip into the human world, he makes a shocking discovery: humans are stealing the honey that bees work so long and hard to produce.

Incensed at the injustice, Barry files a lawsuit on behalf of all bees demanding an immediate stop to the human exploitation of honey. Amazingly, he wins the case. All of the honey from all the grocery stores in America is returned to the bees, ensuring that Barry and his family never have to work again.

In this clip the humans have begun to pump the honey back into Barry's hive. As gallons of honey flow into the storage vats, the hive foreman shuts down the complex inner workings of the honey factory. When the machines have all stopped, one of the bees asks, "Well—what do we do now?" The other bees all shrug and look around, confused. Then, a bee that had been stirring a large vat of honey cries, "Cannonball!" and leaps into the bowl (he's humorously stuck as soon as he hits the viscous liquid). This sparks a mass evacuation as the rest of the worker bees cheer and begin running out of the factory.

In the next shot, the commander of the pollen bees gets on the radio to his aerial squadron, saying, "They're shutting down honey production. Mission abort!"

"Aborting pollination and nectar detail," answers the lead pollen bee, "returning to base."

The next scene shows the worker bees back at home. Several of them nap in the sun, only moving when a ringing alarm clock reminds them to roll over. As the bees relax, we begin to see the wider consequences of Barry's victory. Without pollen, the flowers begin to fade and shrivel. A time-lapse video of central park shows the trees fading into colorlessness as several days go by. A man approaches a flower shop, only to see the clerk writing a sign on the door that reads, "No more flowers."

In the midst of all of this, Barry returns to the hive. In a conversation with his best friend, Adam, Barry learns about the rest of the bees' descent into laziness.

The next scene shows Barry talking with his human friend, Vanessa. "I don't understand why they're not happy," he says. "We have so much now; I thought their lives would be better. But they're doing nothing. It's amazing—honey really changes people."

"You don't have any idea what's going on, do you?" Vanessa asks.

Barry doesn't answer but says, "What did you want to show me?" She opens a door, revealing a rooftop garden populated by wilted and crumbling flowers. "Oh," Barry breathes, "what happened here?"

"That is not the half of it," Vanessa answers, turning Barry so that he looks out over the roof at central park. The landscape is devastated and totally devoid of all growth and vitality.

"Oh, no," says Barry, looking out in horror over the plants. "They're all wilting."

"Doesn't look very good, does it?" Vanessa asks. "And whose fault do you think that is?"

Barry looks sheepish. "You know, I'm going to guess bees," he says.

"Beessssss?" Vanessa asks, emphasizing the plural nature of Barry's answer.

"Specifically me," Barry admits. "I guess I didn't think that bees not needing to make honey would affect all these other things."

"It's not just flowers," Vanessa tells him. "Fruits, vegetables—they all need bees."

"Well, that's our whole SAT test right there," Barry answers, picking up a small leaf.

"So…" Vanessa continues, "you take away the produce, that affects the entire animal kingdom. And then, of course…"

"The human species," Barry says, finishing her thought. Vanessa harrumphs and raises her eyes, reminding Barry that it also affects individual humans like herself. "Oh—so if there's no more pollination," Barry continues, watching as his leaf crumbles into pieces, "it could all just go south here, couldn't it?"

Elapsed time: DVD, scene 12; 01:01:28–01:04:52

Rated PG for mild suggestive humor

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