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We Bought a Zoo Details


Following his wife's untimely death, Los Angeles journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) decides to make a fresh start by quitting his job and moving his children (Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones) to an 18-acre property containing the Rosemoor Wildlife Park. Though closed for years, Rosemoor is still home to many animals, cared for by Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) and her small staff. Mee opens his heart and his checkbook as he, Kelly and the others work to renovate and reopen the zoo.

  • Release date:December 23, 2011


Matt Damon
as Benjamin Mee
Scarlett Johansson
as Kelly Foster
Thomas Haden Church
as Duncan Mee
Colin Ford
as Dylan Mee
Angus MacFadyen
as Peter MacCready
Elle Fanning
as Lily Miska
Patrick Fugit
as Robin Jones
John Michael Higgins
as Walter Ferris
Carla Gallo
as Rhonda Blair
J.B. Smoove
as Mr. Stevens
Stephanie Szostak
as Katherine Mee
Michael Panes
as Principal
Kym E. Whitley
as Cashier
Lauren Sanchez
as TV Anchor
Peter Riegert
as Delbert McGinty
Desi Lydic
as Shea Seger (Lasagna Mom)
Erick Chavarria
as Ernesto
Johnny Cicco
as Zoo Staff


Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
Julie Yorn
Rick Yorn
Aline Brosh McKenna
Cameron Crowe
Rodrigo Prieto
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Livolsi
Clay Griffith
Production Designer
Domenic Silvestri
Art Director
Peter Borck
Supervising Art Director
Aldric La'Auli Porter
Paul Deason
Ilona Herzberg
Executive Producer
Martha Johnston
Set Designer
Wayne Shepherd
Set Decorator
Deborah L. Scott
Costume Designer
Aldric La'Auli Porter
First Assistant Director
Lara Khachooni
Assistant Editor
Crazy Horse Effects
Visual Effects
Angela Heald
Production Coordinator
Angela Heald
Production Supervisor
Paul Deason
Unit Production Manager
Lisa Lovaas
Costumes Supervisor
David Matusek
Assistant Editor
Laine Trzinski
Hair Styles
Ai-Ling Lee
Supervising Sound Editor
Ron Bartlett
Re-Recording Mixer
Jeff Wexler
Production Sound Mixer
Dale Ettema
Special Effects Coordinator
Warren Hendriks
Sound Effects Editor
Beth Koenigsberg
Key Costumer
Kay Georgiou
Hair Styles
Barry Koper
Chris Baugh
Location Manager
John Nasraway
Second Assistant Director
David Bilow
First Assistant Editor
Christina Graff
Visual Effects Producer
Becky Cotton
Ana Maria Quintana
Script Supervisor
Joe Hutshing
Additional Editing
Heba Thorisdottir
Department Head Makeup
Doug Hemphill
Re-Recording Mixer
Jeri Baker
Key Hairstylist
Burt Dalton
Special Effects Supervisor
Thomas Robinson Harper
Stunts Coordinator
Thomas Robinson Harper
Second Unit Director
Barbara Olvera
Department Head Hair
William Kruzykowski
Associate Editor
Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Supervising Sound Editor