Tucked into the middle of the soundtrack for Bee Movie from Dreamworks, is the 1969 hit for The Archies, “Sugar, Sugar,” written by Andy Kim (who enjoyed hits himself with “Baby, I Love You,” and Jeff Barry. The end is a cover of George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun,” a new cut from Sheryl Crow. Those two songs are surrounded by compositions that were written by Rupert Gregson-Williams, who previously scored Dreamworks’ other cartoon feature, Over the Hedge, and other films (Click; I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry; Jack and the Beanstalk).
Bee Movie is a film that mirrors the aspirations, frustrations, and righteous anger that so many of us deal with on a day-to-day basis. The main character, Barry – the Seinfeld incarnation – graduates from college and decides life has to be better than a 9-5 at a corporation. In his quest to better things he weaves through a series of misadventures that naturally delights kids, and adults who have a fixation on cartoons. I freely admit to being one of them even if I find difficulty with a full-length film version. I’m more of the 5-minute variety shown on Saturday mornings.
Gregson-Williams’ score of Bee Movie is as sprightly as the storyline of the film is with plenty of cartoon action sequences and a score to follow. His score is a full-bodied orchestral work and is, at times, a bit more captivating than the film is. Although the score is reminiscent of more grandiose “feel-good” films and productions, there are moments that cause for pause. “Barry Turns the Screws” is one of those moments.
The score for Bee Movie is good, augmented by The Archies’ old hit and a new Sheryl Crow song to add more.