Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Seinfeld's schtick might bother me less if the film had more to offer story-wise. It's evident, though, that the filmmakers had to figure out ways to stretch out the movie's length by padding it with numerous action scenes and truly bizarre subplots. A good chuck of the film is devoted to a courtroom trial, which involves Seinfeld's character suing humans for stealing bees' honey. If that wasn't odd enough, the movie also contains repeated allusions to an inter-species relationship between Seinfeld's character and Renée Zellweger's human character (who's frightfully annoying and uninteresting). Further head scratching commenced with the reveal of the film's message: it's better to act like a sheep than think for yourself, because the latter will cause society to crumble.
I can't fully condemn BEE MOVIE, though. It boasts impressive technical merits, tries hard to appeal to both adults and kids without dumbing things down too extensively, and clearly has that distinct Seinfeld stamp all over it, so fans of his should be pleased.
Audio Commentary (with Jerry Seinfeld, directors Steven Hickner and Simon J. Smith, co-writer Barry Marder, producer Christina Steinberg, and editor Nick Fletcher): This is a must-listen for fans of Seinfeld, delivering plenty of fun banter and interesting info regarding the film's conception.
Lost Scenes (5:00): 3 unfinished black-and-white deleted segments, prefaced with audio commentary by Seinfeld.
Alternate Endings (14:39): There are seven (also unfinished) alternate endings, none of which are worthy of much praise.
Jerry's TV Juniors (23:21): All 16 of those live-action promos that aired on TV have been made available here.
Jerry's Flight Over Cannes (3:02): A quick look at a publicity stunt during the Cannes film festival featuring Seinfeld in a bee suit.
Inside the Hive: The Cast of Bee Movie (14:42): A cool look at all the voice talent behind the film.
Also included are the film's Original Live-Action Trailers and Previews.
Tech of Bee Movie (7:33): A useless behind-the-scenes featurette.
Meet Barry B. Benson: A horrible interactive "game" that has preset questions you can ask Barry.
DreamWorks Animation Jukebox: Another pointless interactive extra, this one letting you access a bunch of musical numbers from DreamWorks films.
The Buzz About Bees (7:09): Kids can learn a bit about bees with this featurette.
The Ow! Meter: An interactive piece showing varying levels of pain that can from bees and humans, as well as how to avoid being stung by a bee.
That's Un-Bee-Lievable: An interactive quiz about bees.
Be a Bee: An interactive quiz that determines what job you'd be best suited for in a hive if you were a bee.
Pollination Practice: A game where you use a pollination gun on flowers.
Also included is a Music Video entitled "We Got the Bee".