We Bought a Zoo

(2011)

Based on a true story, a widowed father buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. Facing enormous odds, he and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo re-opened.

EXCLUSIVE: Benjamin Mee Talks ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Blu-ray

Author Benjamin Mee discusses the adaptation of his book We Bought a Zoo, available on Blu-ray and DVD April 3

In 2006, journalist Benjamin Mee, who was best known for his do-it-yourself columns in U.K.'s The Guardian, purchased the Dartmoor Zoological Park in Dartmoor, England. He eventually turned his tale into the non-fiction book We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives, adapted for the silver screen as We Bought a Zoo. This enthralling drama arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 3.

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‘We Bought a Zoo’ Blu-ray and DVD Arrive April 3rd

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (Contagion, True Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy A, Sideways), We Bought a Zoo is "a sweet-natured tale...that you'll want to see with your kids" (Liz Braun, Jam! Movies).

Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children. Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city 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 (Johansson) 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 it in his own backyard.

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‘We Bought a Zoo’ Clip

20th Century Fox has released the first clip from We Bought a Zoo, director Cameron Crowe's new dramatic-comedy which opens in theaters nationwide December 23. Click on the video player below to watch a scene where Thomas Haden Church tries to talk Matt Damon out of his new zoo endeavor.

We Bought a Zoo was released December 23rd, 2011.

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‘We Bought a Zoo’ Gets Thanksgiving Weekend Sneak Preview

Moviegoers will get an early Christmas gift, when Twentieth Century Fox holds nationwide sneaks of its holiday picture We Bought a Zoo, on Saturday, November 26th - four weeks ahead of its December 23rd bow.

The unprecedented lead time between a nationwide preview and the release of the film reflects the studio's confidence that director Cameron Crowe's picture, which weaves together warmth, laughter, loss and a spirit of optimism, will generate excellent word of mouth. Test screenings of the film in both major cities and the heartland have produced exceptional responses across wide-ranging demographics, so the studio is using one family holiday to prime the release for the next holiday.

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Third ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Poster

20th Century Fox has released the third poster for We Bought a Zoo, which hits theaters nationwide December 23. Take a look at this artsy-fartsy one-sheet below for director Cameron Crowe's new drama starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Elle Fanning.

We Bought a Zoo was released December 23rd, 2011.

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‘We Bought a Zoo’ International Trailer

20th Century Fox has released an international trailer for the upcoming drama We Bought a Zoo, which debuts in theaters across the country December 23. Click on the video player below for your latest look at director Cameron Crowe's new movie, which stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Elle Fanning. The studio has also released the second poster for We Bought a Zoo, which you can take a look at below the trailer.

We Bought a Zoo was released December 23rd, 2011.

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‘We Bought a Zoo’ Trailer

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo, which arrives in theaters nationwide on December 23. Click on the video player below for the first look at this family drama, which is based on a true story and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Elle Fanning. You can also take a look at the first poster for We Bought a Zoo below the trailer.

This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.

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‘We Bought a Zoo’ Photos with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson

Cameron Crowe directs Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, and Patrick Fugit in the true-life drama We Bought a Zoo, which is based on Benjamin Mee's memoir about a family who buys a dilapidated zoo stocked with exotic animals. 20th Century Fox has released five new photos from the movie featuring the cast and crew, which you can check out below.

We Bought a Zoo was released December 23rd, 2011.

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