THERE were so many sticky caveats placed on reviews of Jerry Seinfeld’s first film when it opened that despite being a big Seinfeld fan I passed on it. How silly. Bee Movie is a hoot. It’s as Seinfeldian as it can bee, with lots and lots of really bad bee puns and really good jokes and it will leave you feeling all warm and buzzy. Sorry. The animation is non- fussy, bathed in nostalgic colours like the painted illustrations in Little Golden Books popular in the 1960s. Of course it would have taken heaps of honey, er, money, and state of the art equipment to achieve such simplicity. There’s not much of a plot. Barry B. Benson ( voiced by Seinfeld) is a young bee school graduate who wants some adventure just once before he joins all the other bees in a life of cheerful drudgery. He goes out of the hive, meets Vanessa, a lovely New York florist ( Renee Zellweger), and takes on the world in a class- action suit when he realises that humans steal all the honey he and his mates work so hard to make. He’s kept busy as a bee trying to make things right, but of course it all goes bee- shaped. Bee Movie is multi- layered, with lovely homages to other films, notably The Graduate . Chris Rock is great as Mooseblood the mosquito, who finds his vocation as a lawyer: ‘‘ I’m already a bloodsucking parasite.’’ There are plenty of golden lines from Seinfeld the master. Barry hates artificial flowers: ‘‘ There’s nothing worse than a daffodil that’s had work done.’’ he says. Bee plus.
Rosalie Higson EXTRAS: Music video; video game; Ow- meter; cast interviews
( G) Dreamworks ( 90 minutes) $ 29.95