Zoo

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Zoo
Release date
29th Jun 2018
Running time
1hr 37mins
Director
Colin McIvor
Cast
Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilton, Toby Jones

Zoo

TBC cinema age rating  

During the crux of WWII air raids over Belfast, a young boy rescues a baby elephant from the local zoo and must find a way to keep him hidden amidst the chaos of war, in this heart-warming story about conquering fear, trusting in friendship, and finding hope in the rubble. Starring Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilson, and Toby Jones.

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1941, Belfast. The entire city is paralysed by the threat of German air raids. With his father fighting in Europe and his mother busy trying to make ends meet, young Tom (Art Parkinson) feels very alone. Taking comfort in his natural knack for caring for animals, he finds solace in the company of Buster, the baby elephant at Belfast Zoo.

But before long, even Buster is in danger.

As a precaution, the authorities plan to destroy all dangerous animals in the zoo in case they’re set free during the bombings. Horrified, Tom vows to save the elephant before he can meet a terrible fate.

Tom and his group of odd but determined friends break into the zoo and smuggle Buster away in the dead of night. But it turns out hiding a giant animal in the middle of a city isn’t easy…

The grouchy Denise Austin (Penelope Wilton) is the children’s only hope, as she’s the only person who has the space to keep Buster out of sight. But with the entire city on alert, it’s only a matter of time before someone spots the elephant in the room…

Directed by Colin McIvor (Cup Cake), Zoo is a touching story about what we can accomplish when we work together, even in the toughest of times. Young and talented Art Parkinson (I Kill Giants) stars as Tom, alongside Penelope Wilson (The BFG), and Toby Jones (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom).

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