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In Bee Movie, a college graduate bee named Barry, realizes he wants more from life than working at the company hive in New York's Central Park. Barry (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) is impressed with the pollen jocks, a select group of macho bees who get the gals; despite his scrawny shape, he tags along on a dangerous mission to bring home pollen. On his first day, Barry narrowly escapes death when he's rescued by Vanessa, a bee-loving florist (voiced by Renee Zellweger). Vanessa takes him to a supermarket, where Barry discovers that humans are stealing and selling honey, so Barry decides to sue the humans for injustice, adding a little legal sting to the plot. Eventually, the bees win -- yay for the little guy -- but justice is not so sweet when the flowers all over the world begin to die, since the striking bees will no longer pollinate for free. Barry high tails it to California and hijacks a Rose Parade float so that he can bring enough blooms back to New York to save the flowers from extinction. With humor that Seinfeld fans and their little hordes will appreciate, we have a feeling this film will leave its mark on the holiday season.
With all our kids a buzz about the Bee Movie, we decided to stage an after-dinner honey tasting right in our own home. We didn't have to go far afield - trolling at both the local farmers' markets and our our local gourmet grocery produced several intriguing varietals. We ended up with 4 different flavors: black sage, orange blossom, pure lavender and thyme. After dinner one evening, we cut up apples and bite-sized pieces of bread, and then poured each honey into its own small bowl asking everyone to rate their taste of honey. While there was no consensus as to the favorite (split between the mellow orange blossom and the unique lavender), there was a unanimous last (thyme). While a honey tasting may not fit everyone's definition of culture, doing something new and different together as a family always rates high on our sweet meter.
Our Buttery Bits of Wisdom about watching this movie with your family:
Our tips for talking to your kids about this film:
Have a Honey Tasting at Home
Visit the supermarkets, gourmet food shops or on-line retailers for unusual honeys
Our Buttery Bits of Wisdom for taking this Popcorn Adventure: