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ANIMATED "MAYA THE BEE MOVIE" OPENS MAY 1


 

SHOUT! FACTORY KIDS ANNOUNCES U.S. THEATRICAL RELEASE OF
“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE”

Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® Nominee Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes,
 Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Justine Clarke
Lead Voice Cast

OPENS IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK ON MAY 1, 2015


 

Shout! Factory Kids announced that the highly anticipated animated feature MAYA THE BEE MOVIE will open theatrically in Los Angeles and New York on May 1, 2015.  Based on the well-known children’s novel, this light-hearted family movie offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacularly macroscopic, richly-detailed world. Directed by Alexs Stadermann (Bambi II) and produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Flying Bark ProductionsMAYA THE BEE MOVIEis a German and Australian co-production and features the voice talents of Coco Jack Gillies (Mad MaxFury Road), Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom,Silver Linings Playbook),  Miriam Margolyes (Harry PotterBabe), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), Noah Taylor (Game of ThronesCharlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNormanRise of the Planet of the Apes) and  Justine Clarke (Home and Away).  The screenplay is by Marcus Sauermann and Fin Edquist.

One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film. This feature-length movie delivers wholesome family entertainment — emphasizing the importance of friendship, freedom, courage and self-discovery.

Film Synopsis
Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

MAYA THE BEE MOVIE is rated G and has a run time of 79 minutes.