When Dreamworks Animation and Paramount Pictures teamed up with Jerry Seinfeld to make the animated film Bee Movie, they had a recipe for success – just add honey. The film earned almost 40 million in its opening weekend and continues to gross steadily. Celebrities including Seinfeld himself, Renee Zellweger, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock, John Goodman, Kathy Bates, Matthew Broderick and Larry King leant their voices to the film which is about a bee who sues humans for eating honey. Ironically, Bee Movie got involved in a lawsuit of its own.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that an organic body care product company BeeCeutricals Organics is suing the production companies for stealing their slogan “Give Bees a Chance,” who founder Richard Garber claims he thought up of in a dream and later filed for a trademark thorough a Miami court. While the lawsuit isn’t affecting the movie’s popularity, the two stories coupled together buzz bees onto our list of Animal Headliners of 2007.