Bee-wildered by “The Bee Movie”

Last week, The Engineer and I finally watched “The Bee Movie,” mainly because several friends insisted we had to see it.

If you’re a fan of the flick, please close this window and walk away now.

For those who have chosen to continue reading, let me first say I understand the film is not a documentary meant to educate, but a children’s movie. But, I also know children’s learning is not confined to the classroom. With minds like sponges, they absorb information in whatever form it takes.

Let’s begin with what “The Bee Movie” got right.

Now, let’s look at what the movie got wrong.

“Pollen jocks”? Seriously? In a hive, drones do two things: Eat and fly to the drone congregation area (DCA) to try to mate with a queen. Oh, and die. I guess that’s actually three things.

If you have been reading my blog or know anything about bees, you already understand this.

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The blue arrow is pointing to a drone. He, unlike his half-sisters, does not work. He will never be a “pollen jock” or do any of the countless jobs offered to Barry B. Benson and his buddies. The smaller bees are workers. All female, they do every job in the hive.

So, why did Jerry Seinfeld write a film about “pollen jocks”? I can only assume he had a deep-seated need to be the voice of the lead character (Barry B.Benson), and thus decided to re-write nature.

Seriously, writing about male bees pollinating is like writing about bulls giving birth. A complete fallacy.

Meanwhile, the females in the movie get to spend all their time oohing and ahing over the “pollen jocks” or, in the case of Barry B. Benson’s mother, acting the role of a 50s housewife.

I know, I know, you’re probably saying, “Kym, it’s just a kid’s movie. What does it matter?”

It matters because the movie implies adventure is confined to the males of every species, including the insect world, which is untrue. It matters because, once again, little girls see boys having all the fun while the females in the movie are confined to the sidelines.

Okay, so I sound like a raging feminist. That’s okay. I am a feminist, and right now, I am raging.

But back to the movie — why couldn’t the lead role have been a (factually accurate) female worker bee having the same adventures Barry B. Benson did? There is no logical reason to reverse the facts.

I don’t expect an animated children’s movie to be completely accurate, but this movie could have easily been both factual and fun.

Instead, it left me angry, bee-wildered, and disappointed on behalf of our girls and all girls.

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