We Bought a Zoo

We Bought a Zoo

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Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Cameron Crowe, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church


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A widower (Matt Damon) purchases a zoo in order to bring his family back together in this Twentieth Century Fox adaptation of Benjamin Mee's autobiographical memoir. Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) writes and directs based on a script by …  See more details below


A widower (Matt Damon) purchases a zoo in order to bring his family back together in this Twentieth Century Fox adaptation of Benjamin Mee's autobiographical memoir. Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) writes and directs based on a script by Aline Brosh McKenna.

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20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Closed Caption; It's a Zoo: Behind the Scenes with the Animals; Audio Commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, Actor JB Smoove and Editor Mark Livolsi

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Benjamin Mee
Scarlett Johansson Kelly Foster
Thomas Haden Church Duncan Mee
Colin Ford Dylan Mee
Maggie Elizabeth Jones Rosie Mee
Angus MacFadyen Peter MacCready
Elle Fanning Lily Miska
Patrick Fugit Robin Jones
John Michael Higgins Walter Ferris
Carla Gallo Rhonda Blair
J.B. Smoove Mr. Stevens
Stephanie Szostak Katherine Mee
Michael Panes Principal
Kym E. Whitley Cashier
Todd Stanton San Diego Vet
Lauren Sanchez TV Anchor
Peter Riegert Delbert McGinty
Roberto Montesinos Hugo Chavez
Desi Lydic Shea Seger (Lasagna Mom)
Erick Chavarria Ernesto
Samantha Fox Alison
Dustin Ybarra Nathan
Ben Seeder Bruce
Alice Marie Crowe Parrot Lady
Michelle Panek Sarah Tanner (Vet Assistant)
Gary D. Robertson Male Zookeeper
Nicole Russell Volunteer
Reid Peters Volunteer
Taylor Victoria Cerza Zoo Patron
Steve Bessette Zoo Patron
Hal Alpert Zoo Patron
Leslie Trotter Zoo Patron
Steven Lee Zoo Patron
Katherine Yerves Zoo Patron
Caroline Hanna Zoo Patron
David Lopez Zoo Patron
Benjamin Mee Visiting Family
Ella Mee Visiting Family
Milo Mee Visiting Family
Sammi Yorn Visiting Family
William Crowe Zoo Kid
Curtis Crowe Zoo Kid
Johnny Cicco Zoo Staff
Alexia Barroso Zoo Staff
Thomas R. Baker Pilot
David Dustin Kenyon Pilot
Shannah Barrett Party Girl
Christie Kittelsen Zoo Lover
Michelle Pickens Zoo Lover
Gabriel Escalante Segundo
Bart Buster the Bear
Tank Buster the Bear
Crystal Crystal the Capuchin
Katie Spar the Tiger
Ninja Ronnie the Binturong

Technical Credits
Cameron Crowe Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Allan A. Apone Makeup
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Becky Cotton Makeup
Burt Dalton Special Effects Supervisor
Paul Deason Co-producer
Melvone Farrell Makeup
Marc R. Gordon Co-producer,Producer
Clay Griffith Production Designer
Jeff Harlacker Associate Producer
Ilona Herzberg Executive Producer
Martha Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Jonsi Score Composer
Barry Koper Makeup
Gail Levin Casting
Mark Livolsi Editor
Aline Brosh McKenna Screenwriter
Michelle Panek Associate Producer
Aldric La'Auli Porter Asst. Director,Co-producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Domenic Silvestri Art Director
Julie Yorn Producer
Rick Yorn Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- We Bought a Zoo
1. Pernicious [4:33]
2. Joy [3:33]
3. Strike Four [2:55]
4. Their Happy Is Too Loud [3:30]
5. All About "New" [2:16]
6. It's A Zoo [4:32]
7. We Bought A Zoo [3:05]
8. Don't Be Shy [2:08]
9. Sponsors Of Animal Greatness [4:07]
10. Why Not? [5:01]
11. No Sun In ThE Underworld [5:01]
12. Butter [3:31]
13. Chilean Miners [2:59]
14. Whatever [2:54]
15. Pop By [6:17]
16. Utterly Free [3:38]
17. Our Local Hero [2:51]
18. Circus Money [4:27]
19. Stay With Me [4:01]
20. Living The Story [:28]
21. Desperate [3:40]
22. Porch [3:49]
23. Let's Shave [4:31]
24. Twenty Seconds Of Courage [2:46]
25. Happy Sad [3:43]
26. I'm Your Fan [3:29]
27. The Inspection [3:33]
28. Sorry About The Rain [6:28]
29. They Should Be Here [1:05]
30. Opening Day [3:17]
31. The Story Before The Story [4:19]
32. Credits [3:11]


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We Bought a Zoo 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
I really want this movie. it's so tempting.
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Chapter1-Take1 More than 1 year ago
We Bought A Zoo: 3 Reasons you will HATE this movie Twentieth Century Fox held more sneaks of Cameron Crowe's We Bought A Zoo yesterday, Mark, my action film-loving husband, and I went to see it. Here are three reasons you shouldn't see this movie: 1) If you're dying to see Matt Damon running through the streets of some exotic locale, gun in hand, a la Bourne, you will hate this movie. 2) If you're aching to see Scarlett Johansson in a steamy sex scene, you will hate this movie. 3) If you read the book by Benjamin Mee and demand the film duplicate the book, you will hate this movie. The film, thank God, is nothing like the book. Okay, maybe I'm overstating. I actually liked the book but I LOVED the movie. While the book was interesting with its stories of animal dentistry, it fell short because of Benjamin Mee's inability to put his emotion on the page. Thankfully writer Aline Brosh McKenna and Cameron Crowe took the dramatic elements of his story, changed them, expanded them, and put the emotion on the screen for him. The 'true story' is that Mee's wife tragically died of cancer, leaving him with two little children, and a zoo to open. The zoo, you see, was already owned by Mee when his wife died. The film would have it that Mee bought the zoo, after she died, in order to recover from his wife's death. Not true. But the cinematic dramatic version is soooo much more satisfying. Purists be damned, this movie IS better than the book. In fact, kudos to the producer who saw the heart of the story buried within Mee's memoir for seeing the opportunities it held. Watch the interview with Matt Damon; he talks about Cameron Crowe's use of music DURING the filming! The final score is by Jonsi. In the film, Kelly the zookeeper (Scarlett Johansson) is a strong but untrained pro-animal advocate who has a crush on Damon's Benjamin Mee. In the book, there's no crush, no lingering looks, no joking over beers, no heart to heart talks. The reel story is much more satisfying that the real story. In the film, Mee's son, Dylan (Colin Ford) is angry following his mother's death, drawing horrible pictures and getting tossed out of school. Thank heavens for the power of love and lovely Elle Fanning. In the book, he's a much younger boy, upset but barely mentioned. Thank heavens they aged him forward! Film again trounces book. The fact that Crowe moved the "zoo" from the UK to California, and changed Benjamin Mee's nationality from Enlish to American would normally be the kind of thing that would really tick me off. And if I was Benjamin Mee I would be furious, make that "Bloody furious!" But once Cameron Crowe was attached to direct, no way this would be a British film - which could have been lovely and probably more honest and gritty - no,with Cameron Crowe attached, it would be all-American. Here's what that means. We Americans like our dramas full of rain that turns to sunshine, sad that comes out happy, filled with turn your frown upside down mentality. American audiences like to leave theatres feeling fantastic. And that's what We Bought A Zoo does. A dramedy suitable for the whole family with Matt Damon pulling off a greiving dad trying to raise a couple of grieving kids. Cameron Crowe pulls the camera in nice and close and lets us see the emotions flicker over Damon's face, fill his eyes. There are several scenes, among them the one where he talks with Spar, the dying Siberian tiger, another w
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I found this movie to be MUCH sadder and more mature than I expected. I feel it should have a PG-13 rating due to the focus on death, both the Mother's and the euthanasia, the very disturbing drawings of the son and more cursing than expected in a PG movie. It seemed to be promoted and more of a lighthearted adventure with some aspects of drama while I found it too be mostly drama and tearjerking with a few lighter moments. There was very little "zoo" aspects in it - we really never see all the animals or the zoo until the end and then not much at all - given the name of the movie I thought there would be more focus on that and less on the very recent death of the Mother of the children. It isn't a bad film, but I cried more than I would have cared to and felt bad that I had to stop the movie and put my younger children to bed without them seeing the rest of it - it was just too heavy and disturbing for them - had it been rated PG-13 I would have been forewarned...