Most of us here in Peterborough likely fondly remember Jerry Seinfeld‘s stop in Peterborough two and a half years ago (has it been that long already?). I know I certainly do… Although Jerry was much funnier on stage than he was when caught by PMZ:
I did ask PMZ about whether or not Jerry was as uninterested in talking as he seemed, but I was told that he was just in a pretty big hurry at that point. To be fair, I’m sure it wasn’t the most confidence-building question to ask someone who’s just coming in off the street.
Of course, Mr. Seinfeld will always be known for the sitcom that bears his name… But recently, his 2007 animated film Bee Movie has seen a resurgence in popularity, and has become a bit of a meme.
I fondly remember seeing Bee Movie on the big screen. I might not have, but at the time I was an employee at the local Galaxy Cinema, and got a free movie pass for two with each paycheck. Given that Jerry Seinfeld was the star, I figured there’d be plenty of humour, and I can recall a number of occasions that I laughed very hard… Like the scene where they’re going down the honey aisle in the grocery store and he discovers this premium brand of honey:
Ray Liotta Private Select Honey lol pic.twitter.com/wO5Fftub
— RJHM (@lightsoutet) April 4, 2012
So what’s the deal with the resurgence in popularity more than 9 years after the film was released to mixed reviews? Well it would seem the craze started more than a year ago, when the Facebook page “Bees Don’t Exist” posted a new life event that was simply the entire screenplay of Bee Movie. People started sharing it like crazy, and more people got angry about it – since the post is so long it was causing people’s Facebook apps on their phones to crash.
Then, in the last month, edited versions of both the feature-length film AND its trailer have been popping up all over the internet.
The first version I saw was this trailer, which goes a little bit slower each time someone says the word “bee.”
See where it’s going? I saw that, watched a bit of it, was amused, and carried on with my life. But apparently the internet wasn’t done yet. When I checked back on Reddit to the r/videos subreddit, there were a few more Bee Movie posts that had popped up.
The next one I saw was this edit of the entire film, which speeds up incrementally every time someone says “bee.” As you can imagine, it gets pretty intense a few minutes in:
While those were the first two I saw personally, there was another one that started making the rounds before both of them: Bee Movie 20,000x faster (not actually accurate, that would be less than a second. It’s since been renamed the more accurate “Bee Movie in 3 Minutes”):
Though if you’re curious what Bee Movie would be like in a single second, don’t worry – the internet has you covered there too… Because why not?
Another great one I came across was this one, The entire Bee Movie but each time they say “bee” it ends:
There’s also a version of Bee Movie with all of the bees edited out, which results in a running time of a healthy twelve and a half minutes:
And then there’s this compilation of every single instance of the word “bee” being said in the film:
And that paved the way for this excellent crossover meme, which takes a page out of internet vocal cover sensation John Sudano‘s book, fusing the lyrics of Smash Mouth‘s All Star with the intro music from Seinfeld, and replacing every second word of the song with an instance of “bee” from the movie:
I know, it’s getting pretty out there, isn’t it? I can’t stop laughing at how chaotic that one gets though.
But I think my favourite of all of them (and what may score highest on the ridiculousness scale) is this one, in which the entire script is recited in binary (that jumble of 0’s and 1’s that only computers understand) with incredible speed and accuracy. If you’ve got a day to kill, give this a watch and you’ll still have 4 minutes left at the end to grab a snack or something!
I don’t know why Bee Movie, of all movies, got this treatment… But frankly, I’m thrilled it happened.