When a clever bee, Barry B. Benson (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld), discovers that humans deviously take honey from bees and profit from it, he decides to bring the matter to court—a human court. The judge is a black woman (Oprah Winfrey), the enemy is the food industry, and the essential argument of the bees’ lawyer is that honey is made for bees, not for humans! Amazingly, bees win the case, and humans are forced to return their entire stock of honey back to the producers.
The massive return causes a massive surplus of honey in the global bee economy, and all production is stopped. The bees find themselves in a situation that human socialists have longed for but failed to obtain: utopia, a world of no work and absolute freedom from time. The bees can do whatever they want—sit around, enjoy the sun, watch bee TV, play solitaire on a bee computer. The freedom, however, soon becomes boredom; and the boredom soon becomes oppressive.
By the end of the movie, the bees realize that it was better to be exploited by humans than to live in a utopia of no labor, no hunger, and no worries. The bees abandon their perfect world and grant humans the right to take and sell their sweet property. The lesson learned? Without work, a bee’s existence is meaningless. This movie is, of course, a capitalist fantasy.