Film Character Transformations From We Bought A Zoo

Monday, April 9, 2012

Featuring Family Friendly Audio Track The Whole Family Will Go Wild for this Heartwarming Adventure Starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson 
became available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on April 3

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents an inspiring adventure based on a true story of one man who brought a zoo back to life and family back together in WE BOUGHT A ZOO, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download arrived on April 3.  Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (Contagion, True Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy A, Sideways), WE BOUGHT A ZOO is “a sweet-natured tale…that you’ll want to see with your kids” (Liz Braun, Jam! Movies).

Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.  Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city 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 (Johansson) 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 it in his own backyard.

 Fresh Starts, Transformations and a Little Magic!

After he loses his wife, Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) decides he and his kids need a fresh start and he finds it in the most unconventional way: buying a zoo!

Based on a true story, We Bought a Zoo warms the heart with the promise of change for the better, and reminds us that transformation is possible. Take a look at this list of other movies to teach us about a clean slates and do-overs.


Weatherman Phil Connors  (Bill Murray) is miserable in his career and expresses as much at every turn. When he has to embark on his annual assignment in Punxsutawney, PA, to cover their annual Groundhog Day festivities, he is quick to offer his disdain. Then ironically, through some strange magic, Phil is sentenced to live out February 2nd in Punxsutawney over and over again. According to writer/director Harold Ramis, Phil spends 10 years reliving the day over and over again until he gets it right.


Nicolas Cage is Jack Campbell, an investment broker on the fast track to corporate stardom when he is offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives. Suddenly Jack’s time-consuming career, sports car and girlfriend have become a job he finds gratifying, a mini-van and wife. Ultimately happier than he’s ever been in his new life, he is panicked when he has to return to the old one.


When his guardian angel intervenes on Christmas Eve, George Bailey’s (James Stewart) plan to kill himself is thwarted and he finds himself visiting all the people whose lives he has touched and seeing all of the contributions he has made to his community. As it turns out, George’s life was quite wonderful after all. Who knows what would have been had he never been born.


Robin Williams stars as Peter Banning, a practically unfeeling corporate attorney who has completely forgotten his childhood in Neverland as the infamous Peter Pan. Little does he know that Captain Hook has long been plotting his revenge!  When Hook kidnaps Peter’s children and hides them in Neverland, Peter has no choice but to join the Lost Boys and reclaim a life he’s totally suppressed. When he finds out what kind of success really matters in life, he is able to save his children, Neverland and ultimately, himself.


George Newton (Charles Grodin) is quite comfortable in his organized, quaint family life. He certainly doesn't want the responsibility of owning a dog, but when Beethoven, a loveable St. Bernard, sneaks into their lives, he can’t say no to his wife and children who immediately become attached to the gigantic pooch. George resists Beethoven at every turn but when an unethical veterinarian puts both the dog and the family’s lives in danger, George must reevaluate what matters to him most. 


Larry (James Belushi) blames all of his problems on the fact that he struck out during a key moment of a high school baseball game and wishes he had done things differently. When his wish is magically granted, Larry is sent to an alternate reality in which he had won the pivotal high school game. But Larry, now rich and powerful, soon begins to miss parts of his former life, like his best friend and his wife. Ultimately, Larry’s realizes no life is perfect and knows now that despite losing the game, he’d hit the jackpot. 


17-year-old Scott Howard is sick of being average. He’s an average student in an average town on the school’s average basketball team. And though Scott wishes he were more special, his expectations might be beyond exceeded when he finds out he’s inherited the ability to transform into a werewolf. As the wolf, Scott is charming, athletic, talented and magnetic. But now he doesn’t know whom to trust and he’s afraid of his new, burgeoning temper. Sometimes it takes the monster inside to make a person realize being average can still be special.


Finally! A movie that uncover the meaning of life! New Yorker Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) has just turned 39, and is thick in the middle of a midlife crisis, so his two best friends take him on a two-week southwestern cattle drive adventure. Battling corrupt ranch hands, delivering a baby calf, surviving a life-threatening storm and cracking the tough exterior of a surly cowboy inspires Mitch to return home, happy to know the meaning of HIS life is family.


It’s the summer of 1962. Scotty Smalls is the neighborhood new-kid that no one wants around; least of all to play baseball – a sport which Scotty has no discernable skill for. But under the tutelage of Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez, the neighborhood cool-kid, he eventually finds his throwing arm and a whole team of best friends. By the time the summer ends, Scotty has a newfound confidence that prepares him for a life of lasting bonds and big opportunities. 


After divorced work-a-holic Marshall Seymour (Judge Reinhold) returns from a business trip, he discovers he has accidentally acquired a strange ornamental skull that had belonged to a pair of doddering smugglers. When Marshall’s son Charlie (Fred Savage) comes to visit, tensions are clearly high between them and during a fight; the skull turns out to be an enchanted artifact that makes their personalities swap bodies. Marshall has to go back to high school and Charlie must survive a treacherous corporate world. But maybe stepping into each other’s shoes – literally – is just the thing to make them grateful for one another and what they have.

Where to purchase: You are able to purchase from Amazon and local retailers for $19.99. You are also able to order on Amazon.
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