Meet Maya the Bee. She was born into a hive of rules, fear, and prejudices that are bred into the next generation. From the moment she pushed through her honeycomb room, Maya has seen the world differently, questioned everything, and wanted to have fun. Her life takes a spiral turn to a possible never ending struggle as she attempts to share her open-mindedness with her fellow bees. But by sharing her “radical” ideals, Maya becomes an outcast and often told she is not a normal bee. Although she attempted to make an effort to be a good bee and follow the rules, Maya often found rules regarding prejudice towards other bugs “Kinda Silly”. Her free spirit lands her in trouble many times, eventually leading to her banishment from the hive.
From the moment I started watching this film, I could not pull myself away. The story line hit home and I found myself feeling sorry for Maya, who could not find a place to fit in. Every child and adult has felt the need to find their place in the world and watching Maya make the same struggles resonated with emotions pushed aside a long time ago. Maya the Bee Movie connects with children, young and old, enlightening the fact that they are not alone in this struggle of fitting in. Eventually sharing the honest fact that the way to fit in is being yourself. You are special and can make a difference.
While “Fitting in” is a common theme in the Maya The Bee movie, it is not the only idea buzzed upon. Maya is different from her hive in many ways. Unlike her fellow Honey Bees, Maya talks to other bugs, asks them for help and makes friends. The hive finds this ridiculous. If it was between death and asking a bug below their station for help, they would rather die first. However, Maya finds it exciting and makes friends with a grasshopper named Flip, a dung beetle, and even a Hornet, the enemy of the Bee Hive. Her compassion for others teaches her Bee friend Willy and other fellow bees what it means to be a friend.
You could almost do a direct comparison from this movie to our lives. The Moral is simple, don’t be prejudice. In the movie, bugs come in all different colors, sizes, shapes, attitudes, and smells. Maya looks past all that and gets to know the bug behind the outer appearance. We, as humans, should be capable of doing the same thing. Seeing a person for who they are not what they look like.
This line of thought could continue into themes of “working together”, “don’t fear the unknown”, “Remember to have a little fun in life” etc. However, instead of a blog page, this would become an essay drawing forth all the correlations between what we see happening now and what is happening in the movie. Instead, watch it yourself with the family and make your own connections. It will be easy to do as well. Not only is the story line a hit, the animated graphics are amazing. Truly, the makers of Maya The Bee Movie spent a lot of time creating the vast meadow and each unique characteristic in every Bug. As an adult, I expected something more child like, in the realm of Mickey Mouse Club House, but I was pleasantly surprised. Like a kid, I was drawn to the art and scenery.
And if you thought the Maya The Bee Movie was only for young children, think again. There are Geek references to other classic movies. When a Hornet buzzes the sentence, “Nobody puts Queeny in a corner” I almost died laughing. I always enjoy films that are geared towards kids but also add a few nuances for the adults.
All-in-all this film is amazing for the whole family. From Geeky quotes to lessons in diversity, Maya the Bee Movie is one of the most touching and adorable films I have seen this year. I highly recommend this film to all families.
You can purchase Maya The Bee Movie from Amazon.com in 3-D Bluray + Bluray + DVD + Digital. It will be released May 19th, 2015! Maya The Bee Movie is presented in stunning 3D for a Bee-utiful family viewing experience!
Featuring All-Star Voice Cast of Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® Nominee Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Justine Clarke
BUZZES ONTO DVD AND TWO-DISC BLU-RAY™ 3D COMBO PACK
(WITH 3D BLU-RAY + BLU-RAY + DVD + DIGITAL COPY)
AVAILABLE IN STORES EVERYWHERE ON MAY 19, 2015 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY KIDS
Recommended Family Entertainment by The Dove Foundation
Kids and parents across North America will soon be enamored by the world famous little bee named Maya and her insect friends when the international smash hit “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” makes its buzz-worthy debut on DVD and on two-disc BLU-RAY™ 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital) from Shout! Factory Kids on May 19, 2015. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” on the platform of their choice and includes movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a digital copy of the movie.
Already a great box office success in much of the world, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE,” based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventure of self-discovery and fantastical fun. A must-have for fans of all ages, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” is an instant classic that delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the importance of friendship, freedom and courage. This internationally acclaimed film can also be seen in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York on May 1, 2015.
Directed by Alexs Stadermann (Bambi II) and produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Flying Bark Productions, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” features the acclaimed voice talent of Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook), Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Babe), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Justine Clarke (Home and Away).
“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” Synopsis
Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.
While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!
One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, 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 a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.
“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features: Movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film
• An Interview With Maya
• “Dancing With Bees” – An Exclusive Episode Of The Maya The Bee TV Series
• Blooper Reel
Technical Information – BLU-RAY 3D Combo Pack
Street Date: May 19, 2015
Running Time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: 5.1 DTSMA
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