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Looking at the world and its inhabitants through the eyes of bees, this animated feature is a treat for all ages, drawing comedy from the ordinary to great effect.

Barry B Benson (Seinfeld) is a bee with the world at his feet. He's just graduated and is excited about his new life as a working bee but he also has itchy wings and wants to travel - the only problem being that travelling outside the hive is strictly forbidden, unless of course, you're one of the chosen ones who are allowed out to retrieve nectar for the honey-making process.

Barry isn't built to be an athlete and is tested severely on his first day outside of the hive, leaving him helpless in a scary world, filled with humans who are intent on swatting him.

But one human isn't like all the rest. Florist Vanessa Bloome (Zellweger) saves Barry's life by insisting that her boyfriend Ken (Warburton) show a little compassion towards the tiny winged one. It's the start of a beautiful romance - which also happens to be forbidden.

Moving on to another subplot, Barry makes a massive discovery on his travels in the outside world. Humans have been exploiting them by packaging their honey and selling it. Furthermore, the humans are using bee names without rights and Sting is about to find out how disgruntled the bee community is.

What follows is a series of very funny cameos from the aforementioned Sting, Ray Liotta and Larry King, even if the plotline becomes slightly disjointed at times. Oprah Winfrey also guest-stars as Judge Bumbleton when Barry B Benson sues the human race in a very funny trial. Jerry Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger are more than capable in the lead roles but often times it is the fringe characters who steal the laughs, particularly Patrick Warburton as the jealous boyfriend.

Overall 'Bee Movie' is a charming animation, full of imagination and wit. It manages to poke fun at human perceptions of nature, while teaching kids to appreciate the world around them, but not in a preachy manner that is likely to alienate the adult audience.

Linda McGee