Friday, December 2, 2011

Dad Bought a Zoo

On December 23, a fantastic family film starring Matt Damon will be released. The movie, We Bought a Zoo, tells the story of a widowed father working to rebuild his family's life. As the title suggests, he actually does buy a house that sits on the property of a zoo, and lots of magical fatherhood moments ensue...

NFI has partnered with 20th Century Fox to get the word out about this film and its great fatherhood themes. Throughout the month of December, we will be sharing practical and inspiring fatherhood advice inspired by the movie.

The first Dad Email we sent deals with a key line that Matt Damon's character, Benjamin Mee, says in the film: "All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, and I promise you, something great will come of it." We have 5 tips help you instill a sense of courage and adventure in your kids.

Sign up for our Dad Email to get new tips each week on topics like dealing with grief, appreciating animals and nature, and more (all of which will be housed on our We Bought a Zoo landing page).

For now, check out the film's trailer, and get your family ready for the December 23 release!


  1. I hink matt's new movie is giving away 4 tickets to the zoo, not too shabby!!! Not sure when the sweeps end though

  2. have you checked out cameron crowe's We Bought A Zoo movie??? heard you can win a trip for 4 to the san diego zoo. check it out

  3. im going to see this movie for school... i think its going to be a wonderful movie... seems interesting!!! I love animals<3

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  6. The sound of the plot sounds like a complete kids movie (and the audience of the showing I attended would prove that claim), but there is more to this film than meets the eye. Director Cameron Crowe (one of my favorites) co-writes a wonderful screenplay full of engaging, fun characters, based on the true life story of Benjamin Mee, a man who decided to purchase a run-down zoo, fix it up, and re-open it. Matt Damon, Colin Ford (who they did a wonderful job as casting as Damon's son as he looks just like a younger version of Damon), and Elle Fanning are the stars of this film, and while the animals and kids may seem like the focus, it is the relationships and life issues that take center stage. The film has that particular heartwarming magic that is infused in nearly all of Crowe's films, which is so appealing to me; it also features one of the best music scores of the year by Jonsi (of Sigur Ros). I don't know if this is exactly for kids 'cause there are lots of grown-up, dramatic moments (and they might get bored), but it's a film I'd see over and over.


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