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Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb - Film Review

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Published January 11th 2021
An adventure with a lot more than Maya & Willy bargained for
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Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb is currently screening in cinemas, just in time for the school holidays. Directed by Noel Cleary and with the voices of Coco Jack Gillies (Maya), Evie Gillies (Smoosh), Benson Jack Anthony (Willy), Justine Clarke (Queen), Shane Dundas (Barney) and David Collins (Arnie), it's time to take the kids to a movie the whole family can enjoy.

Maya the Bee is based on a German children's novel, which was published in 1912. The first feature film Maya the Bee: First Flight in 2014 celebrated its cinema premiere and has to date been sold in over 170 countries. Gathering a new captivated audience the second animated feature film came out in 2018 - Maya the Bee: The Honey Games, and now, with the third theatrical feature, Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb - the success story continues. The first film was all about discovery, growth and Maya finding her place in the world. The second touched on trust, teamwork and persistence. This latest new adventure is a classic road movie where Maya and her best friend Willy leave Poppy Meadow, to go on an important mission, in yet another Australian-German collaboration.

Maya and Willy are in trouble. Whenever these best friends get together, mischief ensues. This time they've managed to damage the hive, destroy the Spring Festival and break the sunstone. The Queen is furious and plans to separate Maya and Willy, as when they get together, they make bad choices. It would take something very special indeed to convince her not to separate them for the good of the hive. Maya overhears this plan and drags Willy out to find that something special to do.

They didn't have to look far when they save an ant from attacking bugs. They are catapulted headfirst into a top-secret mission! Entrusted with the care of a sacred orb, Maya and Willy team up with their old pals, Arnie and Barney, to deliver it to its new home atop the mysterious Bonsai Peak. But when their "orb" hatches, Maya and Willy come face to face with their biggest responsibility yet - a smooshy, squishy little princess! This has turned out to be a lot more than they bargained for. They must all work together as they traverse treacherous terrain and run from the bugs chasing them to return the lost princess to her mountain colony.

Travel with Maya and Willy into the rich macro-world that Maya and her insect friends inhabit. Through this adventure, the kids will discover the concepts of friendship, trust, personal identity and living life to the fullest. Friendships are tested when Maya seems to always dictate what she and Willy will do. She needs to take a deep look at her own character and behaviour and own up to it. Meanwhile, Willy discovers a side of himself he never expected as he becomes protective of the tiny princess.

This film is filled with life's little lessons as it keeps you entertained. It's about negotiation, working for the better good and so much more, amidst a journey of discovery, comedy, fun and excitement. Meet some new characters in Chomp, the cheeky but anxious ant courier, Rumba the female expert tracker of the BoomBugs who is pursuing Willy and Maya and her older brother Bumbulus who fancies himself to be the leader; and of course Smoosh, the little Princess, and many more. Best of all is the journey, an expansion of Maya's universe to new locales that points to the great imagination of the creators as they take us through the exotic Loggy Hollow, rapids filled streams, crystalline caves and Bonsai Peak, home of the Greenleaf ants. Enjoy the journey with Maya and Willy and cute little Smoosh as she clings to Willy.

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When: In cinemas nationally now (since 7 Jan 2021)
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