Jacki Weaver, Noah Taylor and Miriam Margolyes have signed on to provide the voices for characters in Australian animation company Flying Bark's first ever 3D animated feature film, "Maya the Bee Movie".
Based on 1970s children's television series "Maya the Bee," the film has received funding from both Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Internationally celebrated for her roles in “Animal Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook”, Australian theatre, film and television actress, Jacki Weaver will voice the character of Buzzlina Von Beena – the hive’s Royal Advisor.
Obsessed with order, Buzzlina becomes frustrated with the hive’s leadership and the Queen’s soft touch. Buzzlina becomes paranoid about the new arrival of hornet bugs in the meadow, she decides the only way to deal with a threat is with strong action and hatches a sinister plan to overthrow the queen and drive out the new hornets.
Noah Taylor joins the voice cast as Crawley. Hilariously bumbling and nervous, Crawley is Buzzlina’s loyal assistant. Always there to follow her orders, Crawley wrestles with his conscience when Buzzlina’s secret agenda comes into conflict with what he knows to be right.
British actress Miriam Margolyes, who recently became an Australian citizen, after being sworn in at a ceremony at Parliament House, will voice the Queen of the Hive.
Jim Ballantine, Flying Bark Productions’ Managing Director said:
“We are extremely thrilled to announce the casting of Jacki Weaver, Noah Taylor and Miriam Margolyes in Maya the Bee. Jacki, Noah and Miriam bring impressive career experience to this animation with each adding their own individual dynamic to their character’s personality. Together they have a beautifully unique voice chemistry which will make the story of Maya the Bee Movie an extremely enjoyable film for families and young ones.”
Set against the backdrop of a longstanding conflict between bees and hornets, Maya is born into a world of order and rules. Her hilariously awkward attempts to fit in and “be a bee” immediately bring her into trouble with the narrow minded Buzzlina. When Maya stumbles onto Buzzlina’s plot to steal the Queen’s royal jelly and blame it on the hornets, the sly Advisor manipulates Maya into leaving the hive. With her best friend Willi tagging along, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery. Where does she fit in? And how will she find a way to defeat the Royal Advisor and prevent a nasty battle between the bees and hornets?