Animals Make Life Better in 'We Bought a Zoo' Trailer

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It's Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More."

Your immediate reaction once you start watching the trailer for "We Bought a Zoo" probably would've been, "What's that song?" But you can skip that now.

We've been waiting for a truly great Cameron Crowe movie since... well, maybe since 1989's "Say Anything." "Singles" and "Jerry Maguire" were cute, "Almost Famous" was a hoot (it's the only movie about sex, drugs and rock n' roll that you could watch with Grandma) and "Vanilla Sky" was an interesting... something.

Then came "Elizabethtown," a movie that was almost embarrassing to watch as what might be the best ensemble cast ever struggled to bring coherence and emotional truth to the sprawling tale of a family that comes together during a Southern patriarch's funeral. It marked Crowe's first complete and total misfire (or second, if you're not something of a defender of "Vanilla Sky" like we are).

That was six years ago, and now Crowe is back with "We Bought a Zoo," a film in which single dad Matt Damon chucks it all (we love it when rich movie stars play characters that can just quit their jobs and go on a live-changing adventure), grabs his adorable precocious daughter and... well, buys a zoo.

Judging from the trailer, the film doesn't look like a classic by any stretch, but it might at least put the work of the writer-director back  into the realm of "cute." In fact, this looks really cute, to the point where you keep waiting for everyone to just start hugging each other, including the sensitive philosopher brother (Thomas Haden Church) and the conveniently single animal-lover lady (Scarlett Johansson).

Oh, and we believe that's a Sigur Ros song that comes on after Tom Petty. Mr. Crowe does love his too-cool soundtracks.

Watch the humans and animals work and play together below, or watch the trailer in HD at iTunes Movie Trailers. "We Bought a Zoo" opens Dec. 23, 2011.