Appearing on Tonight’s show Friday in part to promote the nine seasons of his iconic comedy Seinfeld Coming to Netflix, host Jimmy Fallon referred to the comedian’s “recent birthday”, to which Seinfeld replied that he hadn’t had a recent birthday. He did admit, however, that he turned 67 this year and explained why that might shock some people.
“It always takes longer than people think, you know, to be a comedian. I had to go on the Tonight show and Letterman like 80 times and then roast my nuts making a TV series for nine years. Then I had to get married – I got married at 45. It takes a long time to find a great person, ”he said.
“I had three children. I had to straighten their insane asses, then I had to make a movie with a bee, ”he continued, to the cheers and applause of the audience.
It was at this point that Seinfeld directly addressed the long-standing jokes surrounding the children’s animated film, which some viewers have said feature an implicit romantic relationship and attraction between the film’s main characters. These two characters are the Bee with the voice of Seinfeld Barry B. Benson and the film’s main animated lady, Vanessa Bloome, a florist voiced by Renée Zellweger.
“I apologize for what appears to be some subtle and uncomfortable sexual aspect of the Bee movie, ” he started. ” [It] was really unintentional, but after its release I realized that it was really not suitable for children. Because the bee seems to have a thing for the girl, and we don’t really want to pursue that idea in children’s entertainment.
The film’s writers and directors approached the conversation around the romantic undertones between the Bee film prominent insect and woman in a 2017 anniversary interview with the New statesman, pointing out that while it may seem like there was some sort of pull, that was never the plan.
“It was never going to be sexual or anything like that,” director Steve Hickner said at the time. It was purely that friendship… maybe in Barry’s mind, he thought… but it was never going to be that. “
Writer Barry Marder described the idea of ”a bee and a woman continuing” as “weird to begin with.” Writer Spike Feresten also noted that while people are typically either “entertained or repelled” by the story, an “interspecies love affair” is not something they wanted to sell to children.
As to how these innuendos may have come about, Ferseten said it was likely the result of losing sight of what was going on while the team was in the room writing down the dynamic between Barry and Vanessa.
“A lot of times we would lose sight of these characters in the play. They’d just be Barry and Vanessa, and we’d write that dialogue down for Barry and Vanessa, and re-read it and have to remember, well, it’s a little bee saying that, and the little bee is fighting with her boyfriend, so let’s remind a friend of it, and make it less romantic, because it’s getting weird.