Jerry Seinfeld apologized for the “subtle and uncomfortable sex aspect” of his 2007 children’s film Bee Movie.
In the animated comedy, the Seinfeld star voiced a bee named Barry B. Benson, who sues the human race for exploiting bees after learning from her florist friend Vanessa Bloome – voiced by Renee Zellweger – that humans sell and consume honey, and a subplot featured Barry developing a crush on his human friend.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Seinfeld, who also co-wrote and produced the film, jokingly apologized for any sexual nuances in the family movie.
“I apologize for what appears to be a certain subtle and uncomfortable sexual aspect of the movie Bee,” he said. “It really wasn’t intentional, but after it came out I realized that it really wasn’t appropriate for kids. Because the bee seemed to have a thing for the girl, and we don’t really want to pursue it. this idea in children’s entertainment. “
Spike Feresten, who also co-wrote the film, previously told the New Statesman in 2017 that they didn’t want to sell a “cross-species love” movie to children, but sometimes lost sight of their characters. .
“A lot of times we would lose sight of these characters in the play. They would just be Barry and Vanessa, and we would write that dialogue down for Barry and Vanessa, and go over it and have to remember, well, that’s a little bee saying that. , and the little bee is fighting with her boyfriend, so let’s remind a friend about it, and make it less romantic, because it’s getting weird, ”he shared.
Bee Movie also featured the voices of Matthew Broderick, John Goodman and Chris Rock.