As for the movie itself, it centers on a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of a bizarre staff and many misadventures, the family works to rebuild the neglected zoo back to its original wonder.
While tending to "We Bought a Zoo" press duties, Miss Johansson told, “It is a true story based on Benjamin Mee. He wrote a book about his experience and there is also a documentary about his experience. I think the film is really about starting over. I think it's about a sort of human connectivity that allows us to kind of overcome obstacles that seem larger than life at times.”