We had a really busy weekend last week! Apart from celebrating Chinese New Year and giving Abby her early birthday surprises, we also had a Maya the Bee movie viewing party at home, which was perfect to keep the kids occupied for a good hour and a half while we prepared for Chinese New Year Eve dinner.
The lovely PR has sent us a party pack full of goodies to make the viewing very enjoyable for the kids, especially Clay!
|Right: Clay getting emotional when Maya thought that she has lost Willy|
The 1 hour 24 minutes movie is about Maya the bee when she was very little, but already ready to venture out of her hive and explore the meadow. But soon she discovers that the hive is in danger and together with her new friend Willy, she must return to save their hive from the greedy queen's advisor and the hornets.
Clay was fully absorbed into Maya's adventure, but slightly too old Abby was a bit bothered by the different voices for the characters from the usual TV series. I guess they want to make the movie version a bit more special, so used more known actors for the voices. They include:
Coco Jack Gillies (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Maya
Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Willy
Jacki Weaver (Silver Lining Playbooks) as Buzzlina von Beena (Queen's greedy advisor)
Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout in Harry Potter) as The Queen
Richard Roxburgh (Duke of Monroth in Moulin Rouge) as Flip the Grasshopper
For children around Clay's age, they will most likely be fine with the difference. The graphics, like the TV series, is stunning and colourful, the adventure has its ups and downs to make it very exciting, and Clay has really enjoyed the show. (I think Abby enjoyed most of it as well although she doesn't want to admit it!)
There are parts of it when it gets slightly tense and upsetting though, but luckily it didn't last very long (like many other animations do!) and it was all okay again right before Clay's sad little face got sadder.
|The party continues for Clay after the movie while Abby was making dessert|
|Patiently waiting for his Maya mask|
Overall we think that the movie is lovely and sweet, with some adventure excitements, perfect for the little ones this coming half term! You can watch the movie trailer here, and buy the DVD now online and in stores.