We Bought a Zoo


2h 4m 2011

Brief Synopsis

Based on a true story, 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 a

Film Details

Also Known As
En ny start, Nous avons acheté un zoo, Wir kaufen einen Zoo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Synopsis

Based on a true story, 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.

Crew

Greg S Aldridge

Animal Trainer

Michael Alexander

Animal Trainer

Jacob M Alsbrook

Swing Gang

Allan Apone

Makeup

Marco Arcipreste

Foreman

David Arnott

Adr

James Ashwill

Foley Mixer

Justin Babin

Rigging Grip

Andrea Babineau

On-Set Dresser

Scott Bailey

Swing Gang

Jeri Baker

Hair Stylist

Anthony Baldino

Set Production Assistant

Lori A Balton

Location Scout

Pedro Barquin

Greensman

Chantelle Barry

Adr

Ron Bartlett

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Morgan Bateman

Animal Trainer

Craig Bauer

Assistant Camera

Chris Baugh

Location Manager

Mikaila Baumel

Adr

Richard J Bell

Greensman

Jay Bennett

Song

Jimmy James Bennett

Swing Gang

Roger Berard

Set Production Assistant

Michael Betz

Assistant Location Manager

Chrissie Beveridge

Makeup Artist

David Bilow

Assistant Editor

Jon Thor Birgisson

Song

Jon Thor Birgisson

Music

Jon Thor Birgisson

Song Performer

Michael Bomar

Painter

Peter Borck

Art Director

Mateo Bourdieu

Assistant Camera

Richard J Boyle

Best Boy Grip

Diane Branagan

Animal Trainer

Bobby Brayman

Construction Estimator

Steven Brewer

Best Boy Grip

Jim Brockett

Animal Trainer

Aline Brosh Mckenna

Screenplay

Judy Brown

Studio Teacher

Bettina Browne

Animal Trainer

Darwin Browne

Key Grip

Doug Burch

Adr

Emma Johnston Burton

Production Assistant

Kanan J Capshaw

Caterer

Kellye Carnahan

Assistant

Clint Carney

Storyboard Artist

Michael T Carter

Studio Teacher

Derek Casari

Adr

Steve Castaneda

Rigging Electrician

Alexander J Castillo

Electrician

Matt Caughthran

Song

Catherine Cavadini

Adr

Larry Cha

Rigging Electrician

Terry P Chapman

Special Effects Technician

George Chavez

Color Timer

Patrick Clancey

Film Lab

Jonathan Clark

Loader

Gary Clause

Foreman

Chad A Cole

Foreman

Kevin Collins

Set Production Assistant

Mark Comperry

Foreman

Chris Conahan

Grip

Phyllis Corcoran-woods

Key Costumer

Chris Cornell

Song

Blake Cornett

Assistant Sound Editor

Becky Cotton

Makeup Artist

Don Coufal

Boom Operator

Doug Cowden

Key Grip

Nicky Craft

Payroll Accountant

Skip Crank

Assistant Property Master

Michael A Crankshaw

Loader

Charles Crivier

Dolly Grip

Chris Crivier

Grip

Cameron Crowe

Screenplay

Cameron Crowe

Producer

Cameron Crowe

Song

John Cucci

Foley Artist

Shannon Curfman

Assistant Set Decorator

Vincent D'aquino

Greensman

Michael D'imperio

Assistant Property Master

Burt Dalton

Special Effects Supervisor

Kristen Davenport

Production Assistant

Donald Davidson

Electrician

Kenny Davis

Grip

Vicki Davis

Adr

Susan Schakelford Dawes

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Mathilde De Cagny

Animal Trainer

Pete De Freitas

Song

Paul Deason

Unit Production Manager

Paul Deason

Coproducer

Wendy Decoito

Animal Trainer

Mark Martin Del Campo

Swing Gang

Albert Delgado

Special Effects Foreman

Greg Dennen

Stage Manager

Joseph Dianda

Key Grip

Kenneth Dodson

Editorial Production Assistant

Adam Dornbusch

Office Production Assistant

Richard Duarte

Foley Mixer

Justin Duncan

Assistant Location Manager

Bob Dylan

Song Performer

Bob Dylan

Song

Orri P Dyrason

Song

Emily Egge

Costumer

Casey Eller

Animal Trainer

Erin Engman

Office Coordinator

Anthony Erlandsen

Best Boy Grip

Benny Estrada

Dailies

Dale Ettema

Special Effects Coordinator

Mathais M Fain

Video

Skip Fairlee

Transportation Captain

Melvone Farrell

Makeup Artist

Nigel Faulkner

Craft Service

Gary Romolo Fiorelli

Assistant Director

Peggy Flood

Adr

Matt Floyd

Rigging Grip

Mark Forbes

Animal Wrangler

Joby J Ford

Song

Aaron Fors

Adr

John Foster

Foreman

Lauren Gadd

Loader

Jacqueline Garcia

Production Assistant

Elan Garfias

Adr

Laura Gary

Studio Teacher

Keith Gaudin

Accounting Assistant

Adam Geary

Rigging Grip

Kay Georgiou

Hair Stylist

Jeff Goldberg

Foreman

Jerry Gomez

Rigging Electrician

Tim Gomillion

Sound Recordist

Nidia Gongora

Song

Michael Marcos Gonzalez

Swing Gang

Chris Gordon

Grip

Jeremy Gordon

Casting Associate

Marc R. Gordon

Coproducer

Adrian Gorton

Set Designer

Christina Graff

Visual Effects Producer

Paul Graff

Visual Effects Supervisor

Dathan Graham

Foreman

Lori Grandinetti

Payroll Accountant

Scott Graves

Rigging Gaffer

Jerry Gregoricka

Rigging Electrician

Clay A. Griffith

Production Designer

John Guentner

Foley Mixer

Lisa Guerriero

Assistant Camera

Thomas L Gunderson

Animal Trainer

Woody Guthrie

Song

Chris Haarhoff

Steadicam Operator

Jeff Scott Hall

Foreman

Brian Han

Project Manager

Jeffrey Harlacker

Associate Producer

Riley Harper

Stunts

Thomas Robinson Harper

Stunt Coordinator

Thomas Robinson Harper

Unit Director

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Barbara Harris

Adr

Paula Harris

Assistant Director

Ann Harris Hayes

Set Designer

Robert Hatfield

Projectionist

Glen E. Hawbecker

Foreman

Daniel Hawking

Electrician

Angela Heald

Production Supervisor

D. M. Hemphill

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Lukas Hencey

Electrician

Taylar Hender

Adr

Warren Hendriks

Sound Effects Editor

Andre Hernandez

Caterer

Ilona Herzberg

Executive Producer

Vincent Hidalgo

Song

Alex Hillkurtz

Storyboard Artist

Mark Hitchler

Set Designer

Alison Hoberman

Craft Service

Will Holland

Song

Georg Holm

Song

Ken Horne

Song

Mathilde Hovsepian

Production

David Howland

Plasterer

Jeffrey A. Humphreys

Sound

Joe Hutshing

Editor

Rhonda Hyde

Script Supervisor

Elodie Ichter

Color Timer

O'kelley Isley

Song

Ronald Isley

Song

Rudolph Isley

Song

Joel Iwataki

Music Scoring Mixer

Daniel R. Jennings

Set Designer

Jossara Jinaro

Adr

Eric Johnson

Office Production Assistant

Martha Johnston

Set Designer

Chris Jones

Special Effects Foreman

John Paul Jones

Property Master

Rick Jones

Greensman

Ben Jordan

Production Secretary

Carlton Kaller

Music Editor

Carlton Kaller

Song

Chris Kaller

Song

Chris Kaller

Music

Brandon Kelly

Production Assistant

Lara Khachooni

Assistant Editor

Kevin Kinzer

Animal Trainer

Film Details

Also Known As
En ny start, Nous avons acheté un zoo, Wir kaufen einen Zoo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Wide Release in United States Winter December 23, 2011

Released in United States on Video April 3, 2012

Wide Release in United States Winter December 23, 2011

Based on the book "We Bought a Zoo" written by Benjamin Mee and published by Weinstein Books in September 2008.

Released in United States on Video April 3, 2012