Animated movies tell all kinds of stories, but the goal of many is simply to entertain. However, these are not always intended for children or younger audiences, and many times those that seem innocent actually have a tone, as well as jokes or dialogue, that only adults can understand. But sometimes it also happens that these can go out of line and make the audience uncomfortable who expected otherwise. Bee Movie, the animated 3D movie that stars a bee voiced by Jerry Seinfeld, went through that and the actor recognizes it 14 years after its premiere.
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Bee Movie It hit theaters in 2007 and tells the life of a bee who recently graduated from college and is about to join the Honex Industries hive workforce alongside her best friend Adam, voiced by Matthew Broderick. Barry, the protagonist, is excited about this new stage in his life at first, but when he realizes that he will never be able to change jobs, a risky attitude arises that takes him on a mission to find new and different opportunities.
During his recent appearance on The Tonight Show, in part to promote the arrival of seasons of his iconic comedy Seinfeld to Netflix, host Jimmy Fallon addressed the comedian’s recent birthday, which was not actually that recent, and the actor acknowledged that He turned 67 this year, which might surprise a lot of people because, according to what he explained, it’s more common for comedians to find fame later. He mentioned that “I had to go to the Tonight Show and the Letterman Show like 80 times and then do a series for 9 years,” which explains why it took a long time (via Entertainment Weekly).
That part of the conversation brought him to the subject of why he was slow to acknowledge that in Bee Movie there are “romantic” overtones that made the audience uncomfortable. The DreamWorks movie was released in 2007, which means 14 years have passed between the release and the time he gave this interview where he explains that he did realize what was wrong and apologized.
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I apologize for what appears to be a certain subtle and awkward sexual aspect of the Bee Movie. It wasn’t really intentional, but after it came out, I realized that this really isn’t appropriate for kids. Because the bee seems to have a thing for the girl, and we really don’t want to pursue that as an idea in children’s entertainment.
That’s when Seinfeld went on to directly address the jokes surrounding the animated children’s film, which some viewers have noted features an implicit romantic relationship and attraction between the film’s main characters. Those two characters are Barry B. Benson, the bee voiced by Seinfeld, and the film’s animated lead, Vanessa Bloome, a florist who is voiced by Renée Zellweger.
The creators of the film had already addressed the conversation around these nuances between the main insect and the woman in an interview for the 10th anniversary of the film, clarifying that while it may seem that some type of attraction is happening, they never had the The idea of selling a relationship between species to children, and that from the outset, for themselves, was already something that they would have considered strange.
It was never going to be sexual or anything like that. It was purely this friendship … maybe in Barry’s mind, he thought … but it was never going to be that.
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