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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

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