It’s been fourteen years since DreamWorks unleashed their unholy abomination known as “Bee Movie,” and the world has never known peace since. The animated film was co-produced and written by star Jerry Seinfeld, who has finally atoned for his sins. During a recent appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, Seinfeld publicly admitted what many of us have been screaming about online for over a decade… “Bee Movie” is way too horny to be a kids movie.
I’m sorry, WHAT is Bee Movie about?
At first glance, “Bee Movie” sounds like a run-of-the-mill anti-capitalist message hidden in a children’s animated film. Barry the Bee (Seinfeld) is a recent graduate who flies out of the beehive for the first time, breaking the cardinal rule of bee society and meeting a human florist Vanessa Bloome (Renée Zellweger). He learns that humans have been stealing and eating honey for millennia and decides that his new purpose in life is to fight for the rights of bees and sue humanity for theft. Cool! Stealing is bad! Great message! But there’s also that annoying subtext where “Bee Movie” portrays the friendship between Barry and Vanessa as more than friends in a way you can’t miss and guaranteed to haunt you decades later.
Jerry Seinfeld’s Apology
Obviously, given the plethora of memes or Tumblr threads devoted to analyzing what the hell was going on in “Bee Movie,” Seinfeld acknowledged and apologized for the kidding, saying:
“My apologies for what seems to be an uncomfortably subtle sexual aspect of ‘The Bee Movie,’ which really wasn’t meant to be. But when it came out, I realized, ‘This really isn’t suitable for kids.’ Because the bee seems to have a thing for the girl. We don’t really want to pursue that as an idea in children’s entertainment.”
Since Vanessa’s friend Ken (Patrick Warburton) is portrayed as a villain because he has legitimate concerns about how intimate the friendship between Barry and Vanessa has become, it’s impossible not to see this as a film totally swayed by interspecies- romance.
That said, on the film’s 10th anniversary, director Steve Hickner said in an interview with The New Statesman that Barry and Vanessa “would never be sexual or anything like that, it was purely this friendship…maybe in Barry’s mind he thought.” … but it never would.”
Barry Marder, a screenwriter on “Bee Movie,” acknowledged that the film’s concept is “a little weird to begin with,” and writer Spike Feresten noted that audiences are “amused or repulsed” by the storyline. Feresten went on to clarify that the film doesn’t really feature an “inter-species love affair,” and that the film doesn’t encourage that behavior for young viewers.
Unfortunately, this is a prime example of intent versus impact, dear fellows.
The Legacy of Bee Movie Memes
A quick Google search of “Bee Movie Memes” will not only destroy your browsing history and featured ads to the end of time, but also give a glimpse into how overwhelming the impact of “Bee Movie” has been on meme culture. It’s not just the possible fanfic-worthy relationship, either. “Bee Movie” also has a scene where Barry jokes to Vanessa that the duo should make a suicide pact, and there are constant jokes about how weird it is to find the other bees in the hive “hot” because “we’re all cousins. If it sounds like I’m working too hard on “Bee Movie,” it’s only because I love this ridiculous movie and can’t believe no one understood any of these allusions before unleashing this horror on the masses. The internet has embraced “Bee Movie” in a critical yet loving way…except for the one responsible for posting close-ups of Vanessa’s feet on Wikifeet, at least.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of cursed versions on YouTube, such as the 7:03 minute “The whole ‘Bee Movie’ but everytime they say ‘bee’ it get faster” or the 2:18 version of “Bee Movie”. Movie But Only When They Say E”, but if you’re looking for the regular, horny “Bee Movie”, it’s currently available to stream on Netflix.