Maya The Bee Movie Reviews
The movie takes place in a bee hive located in a colorful meadow full of beautiful flowers. In the meadow, there are many different types of bugs. Inside of the bee hive, there are lots of worker bees. All of the bees have different jobs and the jobs are assigned by the royal advisor, Buzzlina (Jacki Weaver). For instance, one of the jobs is picking up pollen. Another job is watching the adorable little baby bees. This is also where Maya (Coco Jack Gillies) stays until spring. Maya wants to be independent and explore the hive. She does not like staying with the babies, so she sneaks out when she has the first opportunity. When Maya sneaks out, she causes a lot of chaos within the hive because she is very young and does not know what she is doing. She takes you on a fun and exciting adventure.
The movie is well written. Alexs Stadermann draws out remarkable performances from the voice actors and brings out the best in each character. I love how Coco Jack Gillies expresses Maya's feelings. Jacki Weaver makes the royal advisor, Buzzlina seem so real.
My favorite scene is when Willi (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Maya meet. They seem to like each other from the very beginning. Another favorite part is when there is a battle between the bees and another group of bugs. My least favorite part of the film is when something horrible happens to Maya and she finds out a secret about the queen.
The message of the story is, everyone has a role to play in life. It takes everyone working as a team to get the job done. The movie is fun, fabulous and family-friendly. I recommend it for ages 4 to 18 as well as adults. I give this movie 5 out of 5 gold stars.
Maya the Bee Movie
Reviewed by Kayla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
?Bee?lieve me when I say I?m ?buzzing? about this movie! This is a movie that if you don?t have a ?fuzzy feeling? (more bee puns, lol) by the end of the film, something is very wrong with you!
This movie very much reminds me of Lion King 2 ? you have the free
spirit in Maya (who?s very much like Chiara), the best friend/tag-along/love interest in Willy (okay, there?s not really a comparison there but I LOVED Willy as a character), the best friend who?s actually
a rival to the bees Sting the hornet (like Kovu), for gosh sakes there?s even a pair of dimwitted ants that reminded me of Timon and Pumbaa! But even though the characters themselves stand alone as
great, the story is what SHOULD make you soar like a bee flying through a meadow. I was on edge throughout the film as I followed Maya?s story and her battle to fit in, while at the same time making
friends with Willy and the fellow bugs in the meadow, including the ever-positive grasshopper Flip.
Yes, there?s even a true villain in this film that you will eventually loathe and hope she gets her just-desserts (and she does in a wild thrilling ending) but the main morals to be learned is to ?bee?
yourself and that everyone has a role and a purpose in life. You also MUST watch the bonus features ? and I don?t say that about many movies ? the interview with Maya, the TV episode (where Andrea
Libman from MLP does a great job as Maya?s voice but I can?t pinpoint who does Willy?s), and the brief blooper reel.
I also must say about the voice acting I was expecting it to be a bit rough ? most foreign films are ? but actually they weren?t bad at all. I loved Maya?s British accent and the guy who played Willy ? if he had an accent you couldn?t tell.
Everything about this movie left me smiling,
cheering, screaming at the villain a few times?but it was altogether a great package! I was able to embrace my ?inner bee?! Bravo Maya and your friends ? you?re un?bee?lievable!!! >:-)
My relfections? I think that idea was good. Also animation is perfect! Action was very fast, to fast sometimes. Director wanted to show us as much as it possible but it was to much sometimes. Sense of humor is on a good level but I have a feeling that someone forgot that this movie is for children and not every joke is understandable for them.
However, it was a pleasure to see again Maya and her friends on the screen again.