There’s a new Pixar Dreamworks [Ed: Oops. Sorry, Pixar] movie coming out about bees called (shock!) Bee Movie. It stars Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger, and the preview contained a humorous scene about manly worker bees doing manly work in manly hard hats. Just one problem – worker bees are NOT MALE. No, every single worker bee throughout the long and illustrious history of bees has been a (sterile) female.
There’s only a few male bees in a hive, and their lives are somewhat less than glamorous. After a newly hatched queen kills her sisters and mother, she rises for her first and only mating flight. The drone pursue her and mount her one by one. After they ejaculate, they fall backwards, ripping off their phallus, and die twitching upon the ground. That’s it. That’s the only role that males have within a beehive.
It’s not like real bees aren’t dramatic, what with the sister-killing and the wriggle-dancing and workers dropping dead of exhaustion. Why can’t Pixar Dreamworks make at least a token nod to the kick-ass lives of real bees? At least make them the right gender.
But then again, we can’t have a movie about a bunch of girls, now, can we? Especially girls with no romantic interests (other than the occasional phallus-ripping.) That simply wouldn’t do at the box office. Is there a Joss Whedon signal that we can beam into the sky? He would make the best bee movie ever.