Did you take your kids to see Maya the Bee Movie last weekend? If not, don’t worry. Maya the Bee Movie, which is based on a children’s book, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 19th. Shout! Factory Kids sent me the Blu-ray Combo Pack to review on my dad blog. Maya the Bee isn’t fantastically awesome, but it was beautifully animated. The kids and I enjoyed the animated film. It’s one of those family safe movies that most people will like (it’s recommended by The Dove Foundation). BTW, I will be giving a copy of Maya the Bee Movie on my dad blog soon. Continue reading to learn six things about the animated movie.
Six Things About Maya the Bee Movie
It’s a story about a bee — duh
As you can tell by the title, the movie is about a bee named Maya. She’s different from the other bees, and she isn’t afraid to do things her way. In the story, Maya is banished from the hive by a queen-wannabe. So Maya heads to the meadows where she has an adventure and meets a bunch of other insects along the way. Normally, bees are afraid of other insects. But not Maya. In fact, she becomes friends with many of the insects she meets. At some point during her adventure, Maya discovers the bees and hornets are about to go to war. Maya then returns home in order to save the day. Sorry for the little spoiler, but the ending was predictable.
The main character’s name is 369
Maya is the main character in the animated movie. But that’s not her real name. Her official designation is 369. But Maya doesn’t like that name, so she goes by Maya. This isn’t surprising because she likes to rock the boat and do things her way.
The movie is based on a children’s book
The film is based on a novel called The Adventures of Maya the Bee. It was written by Waldemar Bonsels in 1912. That’s a long time ago! Since then, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya the Bee is also an animated TV series and a comic book series.
The movie features people I’ve never heard of
The voice talent was fine, but I didn’t recognize any of them (by voice or name). Maya the Bee Movie featured the voices of Coco Jack Gillies (Maya the bee), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Willy the bee), Richard Roxburgh (Flip the grasshopper), Joel Franco (Sting the hornet), Noah Taylor (Crawley the bee), Jacki Weaver (Buzzlina Von Beena the bee), Miriam Margolyes (The Queen bee), Andy McPhee (Hank the hornet), and Justine Clarke (Miss Cassandra the bee). The animated film was directed by Alexs Stadermann.
Maya the Bee Movie is rated G
The 79-minute animated film is rated G. It’s quite safe for everyone. However, a couple of the characters were on the mean side.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray includes special features
The Blu-ray Combo Pack consists of two discs. It includes the movie in 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. In addition, both the Blu-ray and DVD packaging includes the following bonus features:
- A Interview With Maya
- Dancing With Bees (exclusive episode of the Maya the Bee TV series)
- Blooper Reel
More info: Maya the Bee Movie Blu-ray