We Bought a Zoo (2011) Poster


When Matt Damon's character climbs over the tree the real Benjamin Mee, Milo Mee (Dylan in the movie) and Ella Mee (Rosie in the movie) can be seen as the first family in line. In the scene, Benjamin Mee is wearing what appears to be a Dartmoor Zoological Park cap, which is the actual zoo in England on which the movie is based.
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In the movie, the character, Rosie, refers to her dad, Benjamin Mee, as "more handsome" than the other dads because most of them don't have hair. The real Benjamin Mee is completely bald.
When Benjamin Mee first meets the staff, Kelly mentions that there is a weak enclosure between the jaguar and the tigers. In the real Dartmoor zoo the jaguar escaped into the tiger enclosure.
Amy Adams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rachel McAdams were considered for the role of Kelly Foster.
Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio were considered to play Benjamin Mee.
During the first pub scene an old TV is showing a soccer match where a goal had just been scored by Brian Talbot for Arsenal. This was a significant English FA Cup final match in 1979 between Arsenal and Manchester United where with minutes remaining Arsenal snatched victory to win 3-2 ending a thrilling final.
Ben Stiller was considered to play Benjamin Mee.
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.
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Thomas Lennon was considered for the role of Walter Ferris.
This is the second collaboration of actor Patrick Fugit and director Cameron Crowe. Their first was Almost Famous.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the end, Benjamin Mee takes his children to where he met their mother, he takes them through that day's encounter, where Benjamin worked up the nerve to talk to his future wife with "20 seconds of courage," asking her why such an amazing woman would talk to someone like him. His wife responds, "Why not?", echoing the reason why Benjamin bought the zoo in the first place.
In the memoir on which the film is based, Katherine remains a predominant character up until her death halfway through. In the film, however, her character is dead from the beginning and appears periodically as an apparition.

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