© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853009X393783 Society and Animals 17 (2009) 91-95 www.brill.nl/soan Review Section Stealing from the Bees and Cooking with the Rats Mark von Schlemmer Department of Th eatre & Film, University of Kansas, 1621 W. 9th St., Lawrence, KS 66044, USA email@example.com Bee Movie . 2007. Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith (Directors). DreamWorks. Animation. Ratatouille . 2007. Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava (Directors). Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Films. Introduction Bee Movie and Ratatouille target mainstream American audiences. Th ey follow in the foot- steps of successful animated ﬁ lms of recent years, with nonhuman animals as the protago- nists interacting with humans in familiar and amusing, if non-realistic, ways. Th e relationships that the main characters form with humans, although surprisingly coopera- tive, take distinctly diﬀ erent turns and lead these ﬁ lms in diﬀ erent directions and with varying levels of authenticity and respectfulness to human-animal relationships. Bee Movie When Barry B. Benson (voiced by comedian Jerry Seinfeld) sets out to do some explora- tion, he discovers a friendly human ﬂ orist named Vanessa (voiced by Renée Zellweger) with whom he can talk (though by doing so he is breaking a
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