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Cameron Crowe's We Bought A Zoo gets a trailer

The first official trailer for Cameron Crowe's We Bought A Zoo has arrived online.

The film, which is based on the memoirs of Benjamin Mee (here transplanted to the US), stars Matt Damon as a grieving husband struggling to decide how best to raise his children following his wife's death.

Despite the fact that premise sounds rather maudlin, the trailer suggests a tone that's more hopeful than depressing.

The countryside looks beautifully shot, there's plenty of exotic animals to gawp at, and the kids don't seem too annoying. Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church and Elle Fanning are among Damon's co-stars.

Since 2005's Elizabethtown , Crowe has directed two music documentaries: The Union and Pearl Jam Twenty .

Check out the We Bought A Zoo trailer here:

We Bought A Zoo opens on 23 December 2011.