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We Bought a Zoo is a funny, inspiring and true story about the magical power of family to perservere in the face of extraordinary challenges. This is acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe's first motion picture for all audiences, and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church.

Damon portrays a single dad who, looking to give his family a much needed fresh start, moves to a home situated in the middle of a zoo, which he and his two children will attempt to bring back to its once glorious state. The film weaves together warmth, laughter and a spirit of optimism that is perfect for the holiday season.

Damon's Benjamin Mee is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young kids. Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house on 18 acres outside the city that comes with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster and her dedicated team.

With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo. Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he's living his own and it is right in his own backyard.

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Cast

Matt DamonBenjamin Me
Scarlett JohanssonKelly Foster
Thomas Haden ChurchDuncan Mee
Colin FordDylan Mee
Maggie Elizabeth JonesRosie Mee
Angus MacFadyenPeter MacCready
Elle FanningLily Miska
Patrick FugitRobin Jones
John Michael HigginsWalter Ferris
Carla GalloRhonda Blair
J.B. SmooveMr. Stevens
Stephanie SzostakKatherine Mee
Michael PanesPrincipal
Kym WhitleyCashier
Todd StantonSan Diego Vet
Lauren SanchezTV Anchor
Peter RiegertDelbert McGinty
Roberto MontesinosHugo Chavez
Desi LydicSea Seger (Lasagna Mom)
Erick ChavarriaErnesto
Sam FoxAllison
Dustin YbarraNathan
Ben SeederBruce
Alice Marie CroweParrot Lady
Michelle PanekSarah Tanner (Vet Assistant)
Gary D. RobertsonMale Zookeeper
Nicole RussellVolunteer
Reid PetersVolunteer
Taylor Victoria CerzaZoo Patron
Steve BessetteZoo Patron
Hal AlpertZoo Patron
Leslie TrotterZoo Patron
Mushond LeeZoo Patron (as Steven Lee)
Kate YervesZoo Patron
Caroline Elizabeth HannaZoo Patron
David LopezZoo Patron
Benjamin MeeVisiting Family
Ella MeeVisiting Family
Milo MeeVisiting Family
Sammi YornVisiting Family
William CroweZoo Kid
Curtis CroweZoo Kid
Johnny CiccoZoo Staff
Alexia BarrosoZoo Staff
Thomas R. BakerPilot
David Dustin KenyonPilot
Shannah BarrettParty Girl
Christie KittlesenZoo Lover
Michelle PickensZoo Lover
Garbriel EscalanteSegundo
Bart the BearBuster the Bear
TankBuster the Bear
Crystal the MonkeyCrystal the Capuchin
FelixSolomon the Lion
NinjaRonnie the Binturong
Morgan BertschPopcorn Stand Girl (uncredited)
Daniel John ChaseZoo Employee (uncredited)
Timothy "TJ" James DriscollParrot Man (uncredited)

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy, Family
  • Director: Cameron Crowe
  • Producer: 20th Century Fox
  • Length: 124 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 23, 2011
    EuropeMar 16, 2012
    JapanJun 8, 2012
    AustraliaDec 26, 2011
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    JapanG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaApr 3, 2012
    AustraliaFeb 5, 2012
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 3, 2012
    AustraliaFeb 5, 2012
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