What Hath Bee Movie Wrought?

What Hath Bee Movie Wrought?

Bee Movie — Dreamworks’ 2007 animated cult classic that details the romance between a bee (Jerry Seinfeld) and a human woman (Renée Zellweger) — has long served as the inspiration behind the internet’s weirdest memes. Recently it’s paved the way for something that transcends Bee Movie — something absurd, an artful and heroic exercise of futility and devotion. Something notably hollow.

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In November, YouTubers began methodically remixing Bee Movie and its trailer into absolute gibberish. A funny absurdist idea that kept building on itself, soon reaching the point of no return.

Now, we’ve moved past Bee Movie — people have been meticulously re-crafting choice pieces of pop culture using similarly nonsensical rubrics.

The results are a sort of 21st century Dada experiment — deeply pointless, sort of confusing, and interestingly astute. Not all the video remixes even exist, but in the case of this meme — what do we even name it? — it’s the concept that counts.


The core notion is simple — re-editing various piece of pop culture based on a set of inane rules that make no sense. These edits are time-intensive, involving a lot of mental power to create something ultimately futile, something that destroys any sort of coherent narrative.


It’s a good meme because it reminds you how dumb, pointless and incredibly fun things can be. A century ago, they would have called this art.