The more I watch this movie, the more disturbed I am by it. My toddler likes it.
Before you start judging me about letting my 21 month old watch TV, she already counts to 12, knows her basic colors most of the time, gets read to every single day, and had over a 200 word vocabulary by the time she was 18 months old. It’s lack of parental involvement that leads to problems in children, not TV and violent video games.
*getting off my soapbox now*
Sure, it’s a cute enough movie, considering all the other crap that’s out there for kids, but it goes beyond lying to kids about bee behavior.
Okay, now that I think about it, the movie presents a great opportunity for parents to educate their kids about bees and what would happen to the world if we didn’t have bees. But would most parents take this opportunity?
I’m all about not sugar-coating things for my kids. When my son was four and didn’t want to hold my hand while crossing the street, I explained to him the gruesome, detailed truth about what would happen if he got hit by a car. Suffice it to say he stuck by my side in parking lots after that.
Bee Movie sugar-coats and encrusts; whipped cream tops; sprinkles cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips; drizzles caramel and chocolate syrup; garnishes with sliced strawberries; and throws some crystallized ginger and a cherry on top.
Let me explain.
Point 1: Bees don’t gather pollen with high-tech contraptions.
Okay, this isn’t that bad. I guess it’s more exciting and interesting than having the cartoon bee carry around pollen on its legs.
Point 2: Gender roles.
Heaven forbid a human child should ever learn that there are set gender roles within the animal kingdom, and a female bee can’t be anything she wants.
Female bees go out and collect. Male bees stay home and mate with the queen.
Point 3: That is NOT the way bees make honey.
I guess the thought process was probably to show kids how all the bees work together and “get behind a fellow… black and yellow… hello!” Whatever.
Okay, it wouldn’t be appropriate to have the cartoon bees barfing up the sweet, delicious honey we humans spread on buttered toast. Yummm.
Point 4: Bees don’t live after they sting.
Their guts get ripped out. That would have been a traumatic and gory scene when Adam stung Mr. Montgomery.
Plus, that would have made Adam a female.
If Bee Movie told the truth, it wouldn’t make a very cute movie.