According to Jerry Seinfeld, while having lunch at Steven Spielberg's house, he first mentioned the idea for the movie as a joke, but Spielberg loved the idea.
In November 2016, the film saw a surge in attention due to the rise in popularity of videos on Youtube that consisted of random edits to the film (and sometimes the trailer). The most popular of these videos is one where the film increases in speed every time the word 'bee' is said.
In the first scene they show a collection of sneakers that Barry owns. In real life, Jerry Seinfeld is said to have a collection of more than 500 sneakers.
The first two movie trailers had Jerry Seinfeld trying to make a live action Bee Movie. After watching the disastrous results, Steven Spielberg asks, "Why don't you just make it a cartoon?"
(at around 29 mins) The scene with Barry B. Benson in the pool is a take off on The Graduate (1967). In both scenes, the title character's parents ask what they want to do with their lives. Both characters are unsure what the future will hold. Both are also having a secret affair.
The character Martin Benson is a reference to an unseen character in Seinfeld: The Pez Dispenser (1992). "Marty Benson" allegedly died after Kramer poured ice-cold Gatorade on his head after a baseball game.
At 49:01, the bear featured in the court scene is Vincent from Dreamworks Animation's Over the Hedge (2006), only being brown instead of black.
The animators spent thousands of hours observing bees to learn how to animate them and then drastically cartoonified them.
(at around 1h 3 mins) When the bees shut down honey production, the foreman yells "Turn your key, sir!". This is a reference to the opening scenes of WarGames (1983), which Matthew Broderick stars in.
The actual address of the fictitious Vanessa's Flower Shop is at the corner of 67th W and Columbus, New York, New York.
(at around 3 mins) When Barry and Adam reach their graduation ceremony, Barry says "That's a lot of pomp...under the circumstances". The music playing at the ceremony is the "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 1 by Edward Elgar. This is a British military march often used in USA graduation ceremonies.
In some areas, release prints were delivered to theaters with fake titles: "Flower" and "Jocks".
Jerry Seinfeld says he doesn't want to make a sequel, because it would take away from the uniqueness of the original.
(at around 34 mins) The bit of music used for the brief "sword fight" scene between Barry and Hector was borrowed from the movie Cutthroat Island (1995).
According to his brochure/resume, Ken's "special skills" are: Bikram Yoga Frozen Yogurt Tennis Chopsticks ("eating with chopsticks" according to Vanessa) Roller-skating backwards Topic Selection Writing Resumes Job Interviews Hiking.
Bees in the real world have a very different biology than the bees in this movie. In the real world, male bees don't contribute at all to the honey-making process, which is done entirely by females. Male bees are drones, and just hang around the hive to mate with the queen. Drones have no stingers - that's the female reproductive organ and self-defense method - though bees do tend to die after stinging, as the stinger (which has tiny barbs on it) rips free of the body as the bee flies away. Also, male mosquitoes do not drink blood, only female mosquitoes do, as a protein source for their eggs, not as sustenance for themselves. Furthermore, insects have 6 legs, not 4. They have compound eyes, not simple ones.
Megan Mullally was originally cast as the Queen of the Hive and recorded all of her dialogue before the character was cut. The producers still wanted her to have a part in the movie so in the final film, she voices the Honex Tour Guide.
(at around 3 mins) The trams at Barry's graduation say "Winger University" on the front.
The character of Buzzwell is modeled after the Pointy-Haired Boss from the comic strip Dilbert, and is even voiced by Larry Miller, who also voiced the Pointy-Haired Boss in the Dilbert (1999) cartoon series.
Well-known Disney characters Winnie the Pooh and Piglet make a cameo standing on a log when the Pollen Jocks are spreading the pollen on the flowers.
Barry's love interest, Vanessa, is also the name of Jerry Seinfeld's first love interest in his semi-autobiographical T.V. show, Seinfeld (1989).
During the first court scene Layton T. Montgomery is holding a piece of paper with script notes to the movie.
Patrick Warburton and John Goodman were previously together in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove (2000). And additionally, John Goodman and Oprah Winfrey later starred in The Princess and the Frog (2009), two years later.
In the Hive Times the headline refers to a Frisbee hitting the hive. A eyewitness is quoted as referring to the moment it hit as "Wham-O". The Wham-O Corporation was the original maker and seller of the Frisbee.
Of all the Main Villains in Dreamworks Animation films, Larry T Montgomery has the shortest amount of screen time, with his only scenes taking place during the court room.
During the plane landing scene, Barry says to target the flower and this creates a lot of confusion for Vanessa who targets a flower on a plane and then "a big man wearing a flower shirt": the man looks very much like John Lasseter who notoriously wears Hawaiian shirts (with flowers).
Although Jim Cummings provided the opening narration at the beginning of the movie he did not do his role as Winnie the Pooh in this film because this is a movie from DreamWorks and not a movie from Disney.
Patrick Warburton's first DreamWorks Animation film. His next one is Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014).
Matthew Broderick and Experienced Voice Actor Jim Cummings 2nd Animated film together, after The Lion King (1994), of which was also Broderick's first animated film.
Renée Zellweger's second Dreamworks Animation movie after Shark Tale (2004), again playing a Love Interest.
Dreamworks Animation's 4th film to star Experienced Voice Actor Jim Cummings, after The Road to El Dorado (2000), Shrek (2001) and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003).
During the scene in the movie where Barry and Vanessa are at the supermarket, Barry says, "Son of the mighty Hercules!". Rip Torn, who plays the Pollen Jocks general, voiced Hercules' father Zeus in Hercules (1997) 10 years prior, of which was also his first animated movie.
Was originally going to be called "Roach Motel", but Jerry Seinfeld is so terrified of roaches, that the script was changed to feature bees. This is referenced in the dialogue " I hear they put the roaches in motels." "Adam, they check in, but they don't check out."