Seinfeld previews his animated 'Bee Movie'

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NEW YORK - Jerry Seinfeld continues to pollinate the public about Bee Movie, his first major project since Seinfeld.

Actors Chris Rock (from left), Jerry Seinfeld, Rene Zellweger and Matthew Broderick pose at a special presentation of footage from Bee Movie in New York. The actors provide voices for the animated film, which is still being worked on.  Associated Press
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Actors Chris Rock (from left), Jerry Seinfeld, Rene Zellweger and Matthew Broderick pose at a special presentation of footage from Bee Movie in New York. The actors provide voices for the animated film, which is still being worked on.

Thirty minutes of clips from the animated Bee Movie were shown on a recent evening at the Museum of Modern Art, at a screening held by Jeffrey Katzenberg, the chief executive of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. He was joined by Mr. Seinfeld, co-director Steve Hickner and actors Rene Zellweger, Chris Rock and Matthew Broderick, all of whom lend their voices to the film.

Mr. Seinfeld, who wrote Bee Movie, has been working on it for four years. It is due in theaters Nov. 2 and has been promoted with a presentation at the Cannes Film Festival in May and a live-action television commercial that featured Mr. Seinfeld in a giant bee costume.

As the preview clips showed, much animation work is still needed if the film will be completed by the release date, but it's clearly been a project of particular meaning to Mr. Seinfeld. Since Seinfeld concluded in 1998, the 53-year-old comedian has focused on stand-up; his only film of note was the 2002 documentary Comedian.

"After the TV series, I didn't really want to do anything - and I still don't," he said Tuesday. "I wanted to work in a medium I hadn't worked in before.

"I wanted to see if I could be funny in this way."

Mr. Seinfeld said he got the idea for the movie simply by noticing the pun of Bee Movie and B-movie.

The film follows a young bee named Barry B. Benson (voiced by Mr. Seinfeld) who discovers that humans are stealing honey from bees.

When Mr. Katzenberg asked Mr. Seinfeld, "Why bees?" the comic replied that he has long been impressed by their "organizational society."

"There's no other insect," he said, "that produces something that people care about."


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