Maya the Bee

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Maya the Bee

Bees don’t dream, bees don’t have fun – bees work hard and do as they’re told. That’s the message coming back from the higher-ups to plucky little busy bee Maya, and she’s having none of it in this colourful animated feature pitched towards the very youngest viewers. So she explores the meadow, making a new friend of a cheery grasshopper and facing up to a maliciously sweet-talking spider. More significantly, she realises that the hornets – the bees’ sworn enemies – aren’t so bad really, a key discovery when it looks like the two sides are about to declare war.

These are all positive and empowering messages for a junior audience, though they’re delivered with rather too much methodical efficiency for the movie to really take off, while the humour lacks the zingy surprise that Pixar or Disney might have brought to it. Still, the Aussie voice cast enjoy themselves (that’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ matriarch Jacki Weaver as the Queen Bee’s scheming adviser Buzzalina), and it’s hard not to smile at the dance number encouraging the hive community to ‘shake, shake, shake your bee-hind!’.

By: Trevor Johnston


Release details

Release date: Friday October 23 2015
Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alexs Stadermann
Screenwriter: Fin Edquist
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A great fun film for the little ones. Although this wouldn't be my normal choice of film, taking my 21 month old daughter to see it was the highlight of my week! An uplifting tale with a good message of accepting everyone no matter their differences, the characters are lovable and cute for young viewers. As is to be expected, this is very much an extended version of the TV series, which was great for my daughter who is a huge fan of the show. Would definitely recommend for pre-school kids. Whether they have seen the show or not, they are sure to love it!