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Flighty young honeybee Maya learns from her teacher, Cassandra, how to fly and collect pollen. But she is so good at her job that she exhausts the supply in the area surrounding her hive and must head out to find a new field of flowers-whereupon she has many adventures with beetles, grasshoppers, and her friend Willy, who is sent by the Queen Bee to find her. It's another tale of a bug's life, similar to Hutch the Honey Bee but based on the 1929 children's book by Waldemar Bonsels and made as a coproduction with the German company Peter Films. The series was shown on Nickelodeon back in the days before a Japanese origin was something to boast of, and, consequently, it is not generally known as "anime." A sequel, New Maya (made soon after but not screened until 1982), featured a new crew and was chiefly animated by the inferior Wako Production. It centers on Maya waking from hibernation and discovering that her friend Phillip the Grasshopper's house has been burned during the winter. Meeting Phillip's savior, Mousey the mouse, they begin a series of new adventures.