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Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Matt Damon ... Benjamin Mee

Scarlett Johansson ... Kelly Foster

Thomas Haden Church ... Duncan Mee

Colin Ford ... Dylan Mee

Maggie Elizabeth Jones ... Rosie Mee

Angus Macfadyen ... Peter MacCready (as Angus MacFadyen)

Elle Fanning ... Lily Miska

Patrick Fugit ... Robin Jones

John Michael Higgins ... Walter Ferris

Carla Gallo ... Rhonda Blair

J.B. Smoove ... Mr. Stevens (as JB Smoove)

Stephanie Szostak ... Katherine Mee

Michael Panes ... Principal

Kym Whitley ... Cashier

Todd Stanton ... San Diego Vet

Lauren Sanchez ... TV Anchor

Peter Riegert ... Delbert McGinty

Roberto Montesinos ... Hugo Chavez

Desi Lydic ... Shea Seger (Lasagna Mom)

Erick Chavarria ... Ernesto

Sam Fox ... Alison

Dustin Ybarra ... Nathan

Ben Seeder ... Bruce
Alice Marie Crowe ... Parrot Lady
Michelle Panek ... Sarah Tanner (Vet Assistant)
Gary D. Robertson ... Male Zookeeper
Nicole Russell ... Volunteer
Reid Peters ... Volunteer
Taylor Victoria Cerza ... Zoo Patron
The Birdman ... Zoo Patron (as Steven Lee)
Steve Bessette ... Zoo Patron
Kate Yerves ... Zoo Patron
Hal Alpert ... Zoo Patron
Caroline Elizabeth Hanna ... Zoo Patron (as Caroline Hanna)

Leslie Trotter ... Zoo Patron
David James Pryce ... Zoo Patron (as David Lopez)

Benjamin Mee ... Visiting Family
Ella Mee ... Visiting Family
Milo Mee ... Visiting Family
Sammi Yorn ... Visiting Family
William Crowe ... Zoo Kid
Curtis Crowe ... Zoo Kid

Johnny Cicco ... Zoo Staff
Alexia Barroso ... Zoo Staff

Thomas R. Baker ... Pilot
David Dustin Kenyon ... Pilot
Shannah Barrett ... Party Girl
Christie Kittelsen ... Zoo Lover

Machelle Glassburn ... Zoo Lover
Gabriel Escalante ... Segundo

Bart the Bear ... Buster the Bear (as Bart)
Tank ... Buster the Bear

Crystal the Monkey ... Crystal the Capuchin (as Crystal)
Katie ... Spar the Tiger
Felix ... Solomon the Lion
Ninja ... Ronnie the Binturong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nicole Andrews ... Joyce Jameson (uncredited)

Morgan Bertsch ... Popcorn Stand Girl (uncredited)
Daniel John Chase ... Zoo Employee (uncredited)

Timothy 'TJ' James Driscoll ... Parrot Man (uncredited)
Diamond Nicole Landeen ... Donation Girl (uncredited)
Ryan M. Lee ... Zoo Patron (uncredited)
Adam Loyd ... Zoo Patron (uncredited)

Stevie Mack ... Zoo Patron (uncredited)

Tyler Jameson Martinez ... Zoo Patron (uncredited)

Lily Rains ... Sentimental Mother (uncredited)

George F. Watson ... Zoo Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Cameron Crowe 
 
Writing credits
Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay) and
Cameron Crowe (screenplay)

Benjamin Mee (book)

Produced by
Cameron Crowe .... producer
Paul Deason .... co-producer
Marc R. Gordon .... co-producer
Jeffrey Harlacker .... associate producer
Ilona Herzberg .... executive producer
Michelle Panek .... associate producer
Aldric La'auli Porter .... co-producer
Julie Yorn .... producer
Rick Yorn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jon Thor Birgisson (music by) (as Jónsi)
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Livolsi (film editor)
 
Casting by
Gail Levin 
 
Production Design by
Clay A. Griffith  (as Clay Griffith)
 
Art Direction by
Peter Borck (supervising art director)
Domenic Silvestri 
 
Set Decoration by
Wayne Shepherd 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott  (as Deborah L. Scott)
 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... assistant makeup department head
Jeri Baker .... key hair stylist
Christine Beveridge .... makeup artist: Matt Damon (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Becky Cotton .... makeup artist
Michelle Denering .... additional makeup artist
Melvone Farrell .... makeup artist
Kay Georgiou .... hair stylist: Matt Damon
Barry R. Koper .... makeup artist
Barbara Olvera .... hair department head
Heba Thorisdottir .... makeup department head
Laine Trzinski .... hair stylist
K. Troy Zestos .... hair stylist
Garry Allyn .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Elena Arroy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marc Boyle .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Gloria Conrad .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Brad Look .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lisa Rocco .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sherilyn Stetz .... additional makeup (uncredited)
Teresa Vest .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Isabella Wiley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Paul Deason .... unit production manager
Angela Heald .... production supervisor
Jeffrey Harlacker .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Case .... second assistant director
Gary Romolo Fiorelli .... second assistant director: second unit
Thomas Robinson Harper .... second unit director
Christophe Le Chanu .... additional second second assistant director
John Nasraway .... second assistant director
Aldric La'auli Porter .... first assistant director
Joe Roddey .... second second assistant director
Steven E. Simon .... second second assistant director: second unit (as Steven Simon)
 
Art Department
Jacob Alsbrook .... swing gang (as Jacob M. Alsbrook)
Marco Arcipreste .... location foreman
Andrea Babineau .... set dressing liaison
P. Scott Bailey .... swing gang (as Scott Bailey)
Pedro Barquin .... stand-by greens foreman
Richard J. Bell .... greens designer
James Davidson Bennett .... swing gang (as Jimmy James Bennett)
Michael Bomar .... paint foreman
Bobby Brayman .... construction buyer
Emma Johnston Burton .... art department production assistant
Nelson Bush .... leadman (as Nelson Lee Busch Jr.)
Clint Carney .... sketch artist: Dylan's art
Gary Clause .... general foreman
Chad Austin Cole .... labor foreman
Mark Comperry .... labor foreman (as Mark W. Comperry)
Skip Crank .... assistant property master
Shannon Curfman .... assistant set decorator (as Shannon Curfman-Dayan)
Vincent D'Aquino .... greens foreman
Michael D'Imperio .... assistant property master
Kristen Davenport .... art department production assistant
Marc Martin Del Campo .... swing gang
Shawn Fasulkey .... painter
John Foster .... construction foreman
Jeff Goldberg .... construction foreman
Michael Marcos Gonzalez .... swing gang
Adrian Gorton .... set designer
Dathan Graham .... labor foreman
Jeff Scott Hall .... construction foreman
Ann Harris .... set designer (as Ann Harris Hayes)
Glen E. Hawbecker .... construction foreman
Alex Hillkurtz .... storyboard artist
Mark Hitchler .... set designer
David Howland .... plaster supervisor
Patrick Janicke .... illustrator
Daniel R. Jennings .... set designer (as Daniel Jennings)
Martha Johnston .... lead set designer
John Paul 'J.P.' Jones .... property master (as JP Jones)
Richard W. Jones .... greensman (as Rick Jones)
Mark Kudra .... swing gang (as Mark R. Kudra)
Pete Lakoff .... swing gang
Mark Lopez .... construction foreman (as Mark C. Lopez)
Josh Lusby .... set designer (as Joshua Lusby)
John Hammer Maxwell .... on-set dresser (as John H. Maxwell)
Pete 'Peanut' Medina .... tool foreman (as Pete Medina)
Gary Metzen .... painter
Charlie Montoya .... swing gang
Bryce Moore .... property master: second unit
Stan M. Olexiewicz .... sign writer
Samuel Pactol .... paint gang boss (as Samuel M. Pactol)
Frank Piercy .... paint supervisor
Edmond Scott Ratliff .... swing gang
Steve Rice .... greens gang boss (as Steve John Rice)
Paul Roberts .... construction foreman
Rich Robinson .... construction foreman
Dana Rosen .... paint gang boss
David Saltzman .... property master: second unit (as David E. Saltzman)
Clint Schultz .... graphic artist
Eric Smith .... paint foreman
Harlan Spatz .... set dresser (as Harlan Clyde Spatz)
Angela Stauffer .... art department coordinator
Dennis Steere .... metal foreman
Mike Torino .... paint gang boss
Naomi Treuherz .... sign writer
Mike Villarino .... construction coordinator (as Michael Villarino)
Anthony Vitagliano .... greensman
Drew Watson .... labor foreman
Gerald Willard .... swing gang (as Gerard Willard II)
Peter Youds .... construction foreman (as Pete Youds)
Chris Zimmerman .... stand-by painter
Chris Carriveau .... set dresser (uncredited)
Shannon Curfman .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Brook Mansbridge .... propmaker (uncredited)
Jamie Rama .... illustrator (uncredited)
Bruce G. Smith .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Kurt Verbaarschott .... set dresser (uncredited)
Nic Weethee .... set dresser (uncredited)
Frank White .... welder gangboss (uncredited)
Mark Woodworth II .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Blake R. Cornett .... assistant sound editor (as Blake Cornett)
Don Coufal .... boom operator
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Susan Dawes .... supervising dialogue editor
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer
Warren Hendriks .... sound effects editor
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... utility sound technician
Mildred Iatrou .... supervising sound editor (as Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
R.J. Kizer .... adr editor
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Ai-Ling Lee .... additional sound mixer
Ai-Ling Lee .... supervising sound editor
Skip Longfellow .... first assistant sound editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Helen Luttrell .... dialogue editor
John Murray .... supervising foley editor
Rob Nokes .... sound effects recordist
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (as Daniel O'Connell)
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer (as Erin Rettig)
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charleen Rochards-Steeves)
Thomas W. Small .... foley editor
William Stein .... sound re-recording engineer (as Bill Stein)
Craig Weintraub .... assistant sound editor
Jeff Wexler .... production sound mixer
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Terry Chapman .... special effects technician (as Terry P. Chapman)
Burt Dalton .... special effects coordinator
Albert Delgado .... special effects foreman: second unit
Dale Ettema .... special effects coordinator
Chris Jones .... special effects set foreman
Donald Myers .... special effects shop foreman (as Donald E. Myers Jr.)
Michael Roundy .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals: EFilm
Christina Graff .... visual effects producer
Paul Graff .... visual effects supervisor
Mahesh Kannan .... paint artist: Botvfx
Joshua LaCross .... compositing supervisor/lead compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Adam Matis .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Luke McDonald .... digital effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
Laurie Resnick .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Brian Sales .... compositing supervisor/lead compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Sasikumar .... paint artist: Botvfx
Gregory S. Scribner .... compositing supervisor/lead compositor: Crazy Horse Effects (as Greg Scribner)
Christina Spring .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Mike Spring .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Carl Stern .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Matthew Trivan .... visual effects artist
Kay Vaughn .... visual effects bookkeeper: Crazy Horse Effects
Judy Webster .... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
Magdalena Wolf .... visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
Richard Alonso .... computer graphics (uncredited)
Anthony Fung .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Rachel Faith Hanson .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Saravanan Sala .... lead paint artist (uncredited)
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Srikanth .... lead paint artist: BOT VFX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Riley Harper .... stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunt coordinator
Christopher Leps .... stunts
Allan Padelford .... stunts
Doug Seus .... stunt coordinator: bear sequence
Jed Seus .... stunts
Christopher Leps .... stunt double: Matt Damon (uncredited)
Chris O'Hara .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Babin .... rigging grip best boy
Craig Bauer .... second assistant camera (as Craig M. Bauer)
Mateo Bourdieu .... first assistant camera: second unit
Richard Boyle .... best boy grip (as Richard J. Boyle)
Steve Brewer .... best boy grip: second unit
Darwin Montana Browne .... key grip: second unit (as Darwin Browne)
Steven D. Castaneda .... rigging electrician
Alejandro J. Castillo .... electrician (as Alex J. Castillo)
Larry Cha .... rigging electrician
Jonathan Clark .... camera loader
Chris Conahan .... company grip
Doug Cowden .... key grip: second unit
Andrew Crankshaw .... camera loader: second unit (as Michael A. Crankshaw)
Charles Crivier .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Christopher Crivier .... company grip (as Chris Crivier)
Donald D. Davidson .... electrician (as Donny Dean Davidson)
Kenny Davis .... additional grip
Joseph Dianda .... key grip (as Joseph Diandu)
Anthony Erlandson .... best boy grip: second unit
Mathias Fain .... videographer (as Mathias M. Fain)
Matt Floyd .... rigging grip
Lauren Gadd .... camera loader: second unit
Adam Geary .... rigging grip
Jerardo Gomez .... electrician
Jerardo Gomez .... rigging electrician (as Jerry Gomez)
Chris Gordon .... grip: second unit
Scott Graves .... rigging gaffer
Jerry Gregoricka .... rigging electrician
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Haarhoff .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chris Haarhoff .... steadicam operator
Dan Hawking .... electrician (as Daniel Hawking)
Lukas Hencei .... electrician (as Lukas Hencey)
Brad Leidholdt .... grip: second unit
Chris Leidholdt .... key rigging grip
Jim Leidholdt .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Jim Leidholdt .... grip: second unit
Tom Lembcke .... grip
Jay Levy .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jay S. Levy)
Greg Lopez .... rigging best boy electric
Gary Martinez .... video assist: second unit
Eduardo Enrique Mayén .... director of photography: second unit (as Eduardo Mayen)
William J. McDevitt .... company grip (as William McDevitt)
Scott McGeo .... rigging grip
Daniel P. Moore .... video operator
Luis Moreno .... best boy electric
Patrick Murguia .... director of photography: second unit
Francine Natale .... electrician
Domenic Pacino .... rigging grip
Mike Pickel .... video assist: second unit
Neal Preston .... still photographer
Raman Rao .... gaffer: second unit
Aaron Richards .... rigging electrician
Michael Rideau .... additional grip
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, steadicam, second unit (as Anthony J. Rivetti)
Joel A. Ruiz .... rigging electrician
Dylan Rush .... lighting technician (second unit)
Jason Santelli .... electrician
Jose Santiago .... grip
Brad Shield .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Slaney .... second assistant camera: second unit
Tony Sommo .... grip: second unit
Fred Troeskin .... company grip (as Fred Troesken)
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Taylor Vohs .... grip: second unit
Roger Wall .... second assistant camera: second unit
Michael Woodside .... electrician
Randy Woodside .... gaffer (as Randy 'Woody' Woodside)
Paul Zecchini .... rigging electrician
Steve Zvorsky .... second unit: best boy electric
Jonathan Keogh .... second assistant grip (uncredited)
Benjamin Kilmer .... grip (uncredited)
Lorna Leslie .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Johnathon R. Martin .... grip: second unit (uncredited)
Byron McCulloch .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Salamone .... additional grip (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jeremy Gordon .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Cody Bayne .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Doug Ritzenthaler .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Alex Zahn .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... key costumer
Emily Egge .... costumer
Brandon Kelly .... costume production assistant
Beth Koenigsberg .... key costumer
Lisa Lovaas .... costume supervisor
Hana Scott-Suhrstedt .... costume production assistant (as Hana A. Scott-Suhrstedt)
Barnaby Smith .... costumer: Matt Damon
Ivory Stanton .... ager/dyer
Jack Taggart .... head ager/dyer
Laura Wolford .... costumer
Deborah Zimmerman .... set costumer
Kohl V. Bladen .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Bowman .... additional costume assistant (uncredited)
Bren Cook .... ager/dyer (uncredited)
Lori Stilson .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Bilow .... first assistant editor
George Chavez .... color timer
Kenny Dodson .... editorial production assistant
Ben Estrada .... digital intermediate dailies colorist: CinemaScan (as Benny Estrada)
Jermaine R. Gill .... color correction assistant
Brian Han .... digital intermediate project manager: Cote
Joe Hutshing .... additional editor
Élodie Ichter .... color timing assistant: Efilm
Lara Khachooni .... assistant editor
William Kruzykowski .... associate editor
Ken Lebre .... digital intermediate producer: CinemaScan
Yvan Lucas .... digital colorist: Efilm
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate assistant producer
David Matusek .... assistant editor
Christopher McDonald .... dailies operator
Devon Miller .... digital intermediate editor
Jason Miller .... post-production coordinator
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate producer
Tom Reiser .... second colorist: Efilm
 
Music Department
Greg Dennen .... scoring stage manager
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring mixer
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring recordist
Carlton Kaller .... supervising music editor
Christopher Kaller .... music assistant
Tim Lauber .... scoring recordist
Shinnosuke Miyazawa .... digital score recordist
Nico Muhly .... arranger: strings and brass
Nico Muhly .... conductor: strings and brass
Alex Somers .... additional music recordist
Alex Somers .... score producer
Denis St. Amand .... scoring stage engineer
Tom Steel .... scoring stage manager
Gina Zimmitti .... musicians contractor
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation (uncredited)
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation (uncredited)
Mauricio Yazigi .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Skip Fairlee .... transportation captain
Dave Robling .... transportation coordinator (as David Robling)
Tony Mouradian .... driver (uncredited)
Tom Sweeney .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Dean Winton .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Michael Alexander .... animal trainer
David Arnott .... additional adr voice
Grant Babbitt .... behind the scenes crew
Anthony Baldino .... set production assistant: second unit
Lori A. Balton .... location scout
Chantelle Barry .... additional adr voice
Morgan Bateman .... hoofstock trainer (as Morgan A. Bateman)
Chris Baugh .... location manager
Mikaila Baumel .... additional adr voice
Roger Berard .... production assistant
Roger Berard .... set production assistant
Michael Betz .... key assistant location manager
Diane Branagan .... baboon trainer
Jim Brockett .... reptile trainer
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher (as Judy Brown)
Bettina Browne Weld .... tiger trainer (as Bettina Browne)
Doug Burch .... additional adr voice
Kanan J. Capshaw .... caterer
Kellye Carnahan .... assistant: Julie Yorn
Michael Carter .... studio teacher (as Michael T. Carter)
Cathy Cavadini .... additional adr voice (as Catherine Cavadini)
Kevin Collins .... set production assistant: second unit
Nicky Craft .... payroll accountant
Vicki Davis .... additional adr voice
Matilda de Cagny .... animal trainer (as Matilde de Cagny)
Wendy DeColto .... tiger trainer
Adam Dornbusch .... office production assistant
Justin Duncan .... key assistant location manager
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer
Casey Eller .... hoofstock trainer
Erin Engman .... assistant production office coordinator
Nigel Faulkner .... craft service
Peggy Flood .... additional adr voice
Mark Forbes .... animal coordinator
Aaron Fors .... additional adr voice
Jacqueline Garcia .... animal department production assistant
Elan Garfias .... additional adr voice
Laura Gary .... studio teacher
Keith Gaudin .... second assistant accountant
Lori Grandinetti .... payroll assistant
Thomas L. Gunderson .... animal trainer (as Thomas Gunderson)
Barbara Harris .... additional adr voice (as Barbara Iley)
Robert Hatfield .... projectionist: on-set
Angela Heald .... production coordinator
Taylar Hender .... additional adr voice
Andre Hernandez .... caterer (as Andre M. Hernandez)
Alison Hoberman .... additional craft service
Mathilde Hovsepian .... production clearances
Rhonda Hyde .... script supervisor: second unit
Jossara Jinaro .... additional adr voice
Eric Johnson .... office production assistant
Ben Jordan .... production secretary
Kevin Kinzer .... monkey trainer
Maxim Knight .... additional adr voice
Daamen J. Krall .... additional adr voice
Cindy Lasher .... construction medic
Jeff Lee .... binturong trainer
Jerry Lee .... construction accountant
Andy Lemoine .... photo editor
Amanda Luce .... set production assistant: second unit
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Stuart Magruder .... set production assistant
Stephen Mallett .... set production assistant
Jeremy Maxwell .... additional adr voice
Michael Medina .... snake wrangler
David Michie .... additional adr voice
Daniel Edward Mora .... additional adr voice
Michael D. Morris .... monkey trainer
Kristi Mujica .... key second assistant accountant
Vivianne Nacif .... additional adr voice
Brian Nailing .... caterer
Ryan Neary .... key assistant location manager
Elizabeth Nouri .... set production assistant
Levi Nunez .... additional adr voice
Casey O'Connor .... location office assistant
Colin J. O'Hara .... assistant: Matt Damon
Justin Oberman .... set production assistant
Larry Payne .... animal trainer
Chris Pollard .... lion/tiger trainer
Charlie Portillo .... caterer
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
David Randolph .... additional adr voice (as David J. Randolph)
Noreen Reardon .... additional adr voice
Michelle Roca .... key set production assistant
Jeff Rodgers .... set medic
Santos P. Rodriguez .... caterer
Santos P. Rodriguez .... chef
Kevin Thomas Roy .... key set production assistant: second unit
C.J. Sebastian .... office production assistant
Doug Seus .... lead bear trainer
Jed Seus .... bear trainer
Lynne Seus .... bear trainer
Jet Shaw .... tiger trainer
Erin Shelley .... hoofstock trainer
Helen Sideris .... first assistant accountant
Jonathan Siebel .... accounting clerk
Alison R. Smith .... hoofstock trainer (as Alison Smith)
Cody Smith .... hoofstock trainer
Greg Smith .... lion/tiger trainer (as Greg SmithAldridge)
Scott J. Smith .... bear trainer
Julie Ann Snow .... production accountant (as Julie Snow)
Danielle Soibelman .... additional adr voice
David Sousa .... animal trainer (as Dave Sousa)
Tony Suffredini .... aviary trainer
Ron Tansingco .... assistant: Julie Yorn
Jeff Taylor .... caterer
Ryan Toal .... chef: Matt Damon
Lee Tucker .... preview engineer
Eric Unger .... additional adr voice
Kyle Wallace .... set production assistant
Zack Wallace .... set production assistant
Kaitlyn Weber .... office production assistant: Whistleblower (Gen One Canada)
Andreana Weiner .... additional adr voice
Eric Weld .... lead lion/tiger trainer
Ben White .... set production assistant
Tim Williams .... baboon trainer (as Timothy Williams)
Anita Wischhusen .... porcupine trainer (as Anita J. Wischhusen)
Frank D. Woodward .... caterer: For Stars Catering (as Frank Woodward)
Michelle Woodward .... caterer
Alex L. Worman .... unit publicist (as Alex Worman)
Ted Yonenaka .... key craft service
Ryan Young .... set production assistant: second unit (as Ryan B. Young)
Grant Babbitt .... production assistant: behind-the-scenes / promo (uncredited)
Johnny Cicco .... stand-in: Mr. Damon (uncredited)
Kimberly Cooper .... production executive (uncredited)
Adam Cuthbert .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
D.R. Farquharson .... project manager: Deluxe Digital Cinema (uncredited)
Freedom .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ana Garrido .... script supervisor intern (uncredited)
Matt Goldstein .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Alison Goser .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brandon Gutierrez .... projectionist (uncredited)
Curtis Harrison .... stand-in: Mr. Damon (uncredited)
Traci Richelle Harrison .... stand-in: Maggie Elizabeth Jones (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Brandon Koppel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Richard McDonough .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Mickelson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Zack Neuman .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Jon Torgerson .... caterer: second unit (uncredited)
 
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Thomas R. Baker .... very special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and some thematic elements
Runtime:
124 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Thomas Lennon was considered for the role of Walter Ferris.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Kelly tells Rosie that tigers don't roar, they chuff. In actuality, tigers can roar; chuffing is their alternative to purring.See more »
Quotes:
[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.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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85 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
In praise of earnestness, 26 December 2011
Author: holdenkara

I am grateful that in this cynical world, there are still artists who are courageous enough not to run from earnestness, but to embrace it. Cameron Crowe has done just that with WE BOUGHT A ZOO. This is a beautiful movie, full of life - truthfully acted, beautifully shot and lovingly directed. I expected to cry (which I did, many times) but I didn't know that it would also be so funny with levity coming just when you need it. Matt Damon was brilliant as the heartbroken but hopeful father. And my only gripe about Thomas Haden Church is that there wasn't more of him! The kids were all brilliant -- not an ounce of self-consciousness to their acting, which is rare when it comes to child actors. And the final scene alone is worth the price of admission. Anyone willing to open his or her heart will fall in love with this movie like I did. Kudos to all involved.

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Little girl was annoying! BGEditor11
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