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We Bought A Zoo DVD

We Bought A Zoo DVD

We Bought a Zoo is a 2011 American family comedy-drama film loosely based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. It was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and stars Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee, who purchases a dilapidated zoo with his family and takes on the challenge of preparing the zoo for its reopening to the public. The film also stars Scarlett JohanssonMaggie Elizabeth JonesThomas Haden ChurchPatrick FugitElle FanningColin Ford, and John Michael Higgins. The film was released in the United States on December 23, 2011 by 20th Century Fox.[3] The film earned $120.1 million on a $50 million budget. We Bought a Zoo was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 3, 2012 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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Benjamin has lost his wife. In a bid to start his life over, he purchases a large house that has a zoo. This is welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper, Kelly, and the rest of the zoo staff. But, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble. The staff must get the zoo back to its former glory, pass a zoo inspection, and get it back open to the public.Written by Kad

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 Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

 23 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

 Un zoológico en casa  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

 $9,450,000 (USA) (23 December 2011)


 $75,621,915 (USA) (11 May 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene towards the end of the film showing red kites flying against a blue sky with Sigur Ros' Hoppipolla playing was taken from Heima (2007) during the performance of Hoppipolla.See more »


When the family is driving through town, on their way to their new house, right after they pass by Little Dom's, you can see movie trucks down a side street. See more »


[first lines
Dylan Mee: My dad is a writer who specialized in adventure. 
Benjamin Mee: This is Benjamin Mee. I am surrounded by hundreds, probably thousands of killer bees. If I wasn't wearing this suit, I would be dead in an instant. 
Dylan Mee: He interviewed dangerous dictators. 
Hugo Chavez: Take this message to that American cowboy. We already gave a 10 billion dollar oil credit to China. Swallow that, Mr. Danger! 
Benjamin Mee: What's your favorite movie? 
Hugo Chavez: Toy Story. 
[to his staff

Hugo Chavez: The first one or the second one? 
Segundo: The second. 


No Soy Del Valle
Written by William Holland and Nidia Gongora
Performed by Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
Courtesy of Tru Thoughts Recordings

User Reviews

A wonderful family movie that is full of heart and appeals to all ages. A must see family movie. I easily say its an A.
31 March 2012 | by  (United States) – See all my reviews

"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it." Benjamin Mee's (Damon) life is starting to crumble. His wife has died, his son is expelled from school and he quit his job. In hopes to start a new life they decide to move and find the perfect house. Then they realize that it's a zoo. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical going in because I thought that it would be a good movie but really cheesy. I really like Cameron Crowe though so I expected it to be good from that. I have to admit that this was one of the best family movies that I have seen in a long time. The movie had enormous heart, depth and tackled real world issues while still appealing to all ages. The writing and the acting were great and the movie absolutely won me over a half hour in. I highly recommend this one. Overall, this is a must see for families and is one to buy so you can watch over and over. I give it an A.