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Maya the Bee (promoted theatrically as Maya the Bee Movie) is a 2014 3D German-Australian computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Alexs Stadermann, loosely based on the 1975 anime Maya the Honey Bee as well as indirectly the German children's book The Adventures of Maya the Bee by Waldemar Bonsels. It features the voices of Julia Sawalha, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Noah Taylor, Richard Roxburgh, Jacki Weaver, The Umbilical Brothers, and Miriam Margolyes. It was released theatrically in Australia on 1 November 2014, and also in United States and Canada on 8 March 2015.

Maya the Bee
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlexs Stadermann
Produced byBarbara Stephen
Thorsten Wegener
Written byFin Edquist
Marcus Sauermann
Based onMaya the Bee
by Waldemar Bonsels
Music byUte Engelhardt
Edited byAdam Smith
Distributed byStudioCanal (Australia)[1]
Universum Film (Germany)[2]
Release date
  • 4 September 2014 (2014-09-04) (South Korea)
  • 11 September 2014 (2014-09-11) (Germany)
  • 1 November 2014 (2014-11-01) (Australia)
  • 8 March 2015 (2015-03-08) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes[3]
  • English
Box office$14,361,000[4][a]



Maya is born in a world of rules, but when she discovers villainous Buzzlina Von Beena's plot to steal the Queen's royal jelly, Maya is banished from the hive and into the meadow. With her best friend Willy tagging along, Maya meets a young hornet named Sting. Together they have to stop the plot and the fight between bees and hornets before it's too late.

Voice castEdit


Animation World Network announced in May 2013 that Universum Film would distribute all German rights of the film.[7] The film is directed by Alexs Stadermann, and produced by Patrick Elmendorff and Thorsten Wegener from Studio 100 Animation; Jim Ballantine and Barbara Stephen from Buzz Studios.[8][3] The film was produced in association with Flying Bark Productions and ZDF.[9][10] This film was Coco Jack Gillies film debut as she voiced the role of Maya. Gillies was 9 years old at the time of production.[3][6]


Maya the Bee received mixed reviews from critics, scoring a 44% in Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 5.6/10 as of May 2015.[11] Frank Hatherley from Screen Daily stated that "this merry movie is for young children, mainly girls: step aside, Dora the Explorer!" with vivid colours and plenty of unthreatening action.[3]


Award Category Subject Result
Asia Pacific Screen Award Best Animated Feature Film Barbara Stephen & Thorsten Wegener Nominated
Bavarian Film Award Best Animated Film Patrick Elemendorff & Thorsten Wegener Won
Screen Producers Australia Award Best Feature Film Production Barbara Stephen & Thorsten Wegener Nominated
Seattle International Film Festival Youth Jury Award Alexs Stadermann Nominated
Stockholm International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Film Nominated


It's on the second film of Maya the Bee, She and her friend Willi to see the Empress of Buzztropolis to for the games.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ As of November 2014.


  1. ^ Groves, Don (3 November 2014). "Maya the Bee Movie, Aussie WW1 movie unleashed". If Magazine. The Intermedia Group. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Maya the Bee Movie". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Frank Hatherley (24 October 2014). "Maya The Bee Movie". Screen Daily. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ "MAYA THE BEE MOVIE". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ Scott Roxborough (5 November 2014). "AFM: Shout! Takes 'Maya The Bee' for North America". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Everyone's favourite little bee Maya makes her big screen debut in Maya the Bee Movie". Flying Bark Productions. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  7. ^ Jennifer Wolfe (20 May 2013). "Studio 100 Launches 'Maya the Bee' Animated Feature". Animation World Network. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  8. ^ Patrick Frater (10 November 2014). "Shout! Factory Takes North America on 'Maya The Bee Movie'". Variety. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  9. ^ Jerry Beck (18 January 2015). "TRAILER: "Maya The Bee"". Indiewire. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  10. ^ Etan Vlessing (8 May 2012). "Canada's Thunderbird Films Steers 'Maya the Bee' into North America". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Maya The Bee Movie (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

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