Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb

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Parental guidance under 5 (mild scariness and violence)

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb
  • a review of Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 8 January 2021.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 5 Parental guidance recommended due to mild scariness and violence.
Children aged 5 and over Ok for this age group.

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.

Name of movie: Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: Very mild themes
Length: 88 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Maya (voice of Coco Jack Gillies) is off on another adventure and getting into a lot of trouble in this third Maya the Bee movie. Thrilled by the arrival of Spring, Maya takes her friend, Willy (Benson Jack Anthony), to explore the new growth and blossoms. They find themselves rescuing an ant struggling with some menacing beetles. The ant entrusts Maya and Willy with a very special golden orb and directs them to take it to the Bonsai Mountains.

Along the way, the friends team up with a comic duo, soldier ants, Arnie and Barnie (the Umbilical Brothers). They soon discover that the orb contains an ant princess, whom they name Smoosh. The beetles, led by the egotistical Romulus, are determined not to let the princess reach her destined home and set out to prevent Maya and Willy at all costs. Maya, however, is determined to overcome all obstacles and to reach their final goal.


Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Mild predatory behaviour; Creatures in mild peril.

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie, including:

  • A sun stone ornament falls onto Willy's head and smashes into pieces.
  • Glow-worms enter the beehive and knock into things, creating a bit of havoc.
  • The beetles chase the bees and ants on several occasions.
  • One of the beetles catapults Maya into the air.
  • The beetles are about to attack Greenleaf and get rid of the ants when birds attack them.

There is also some comedic violence in this movie, mostly done for laughs, including pratfalls, and characters falling over and knocking into each other.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • The beetles look rather intimidating and at first seem mean, but they turn out to be conciliatory and nice characters. Romulus also enjoys singing.
  • The commander of the soldier ants barks out loud commands and appears angry.
  • Maya and Willy are often in peril from the beetles who chase after them, throw things at them and, at one point, lock them in a cave.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

  • Nothing further of concern.

Product placement

  • None noted.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

In a nutshell

Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb is an animated movie about a little girl bee named Maya who is headstrong, brave and determined. It is a cute movie which shows that insects often vie over territory but concludes that it is better to live and work together in harmony. The movie is suitable for all ages, however, very young children might be concerned that Maya is often in peril, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under 5.

The main messages from this movie are bravery and courage and to find ways to resolve conflict, other than fighting.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • A strong female lead character.
  • Kindness.
  • Forgiveness.
  • Helping those in need, even your enemies.
  • Respect for others.
  • Finding.
  • Teamwork.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Why did the beetles want to prevent Maya and Willy reaching their goal?
  • Maya helped one of the beetles when she was in danger and in return, the beetle persuaded the other beetles to find another way to resolve their differences, rather than by attacking them.