Jerry Seinfeld is fascinated by animation, and technology in general. His most recent DVD “Season Six” boxed set included animated versions of some of the more memorable episodes of his sitcom Seinfeld — re-imagined and drawn as “Sein-imation;” that is, stick-figure cartoons, using the original cast voices. But it’s still surprising that the comedian has been quietly busy for the past three years writing, producing and starring in a movie for DreamWorks Animation SKG — an animated movie. Called the Bee Movie, there’s already a funny promo, featuring Jerry in a bee costume and Chris Rock in a cameo. It says the pic is “trying to open November 2007”. So here’s the plot: Barry B. Benson (voiced by Seinfeld) is a bee who has just graduated from college and is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry’s life is saved by Vanessa (voiced by Rene Zellweger), a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue mankind. “I think I’m bringing a different humor sensibility to an animated movie,” Seinfeld told the latest issue of Newsweek. “There’s a lot of attitude in the jokes, the same way it was on the show.” Even though he stays in NYC, he says he keeps tabs on the production via computer screens connected to Dreamworks in California where the animators display the images they’re working on. As a crew member notes on the trailer: “This is what he picks to follow the TV series?”
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