Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb

Certificate: PG

Voices of: Coco Jack Gillies, Benson Jack Anthony

Release date: 2021

3 out of 5


Maya the cute bee returns for a third adventure in this German/Australian animated movie for younger viewers.

This time, Maya and her best friend Willi are threatened with separation after Maya causes chaos and the Queen bee decides enough is enough. Of course, that doesn’t stop Maya embarking on a new adventure – coming to the aid of an ant she spots in trouble. He’s transporting the important Golden Orb but is injured and being hunted by broom bugs, so Maya decides to complete his mission for him, unaware just how valuable the orb is (or what is inside it).

It’s another colourful adventure about being brave, everyone getting along (including the antagonistic ants and broom bugs), and the power of supporting each other that works best when we see things from the little bee’s perspective. It’s not as funny as it could be, perhaps, and there are a couple of moments that may scare little ones (see below), but it’s worth the price of admission for the adorable baby ant Smoosh that will melt the heart of kids and grown-ups alike.

Is Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Very young viewers may be scared of the big broom bugs.

There is a scene where some of the characters are trapped in a cave that may scare little ones.

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