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SXSW Film Review: Petting Zoo
An unplanned pregnancy throws a teen's life off course
DAILY Screens  March 18, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...It may read like a familiar tale, one you’ve seen a few times before. But the devil’s in the details and it’s to the film’s credit that Petting Zoo gets those details right every single time..."

Chronicle Field Day & Petting Zoo
PHOTO GALLERY  May 29, 2015

Out of Her Cage
Micah Magee explores a Texan's teen pregnancy in Petting Zoo
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2015, by Amy Gentry
"...Like the protagonist of her film Petting Zoo, Micah Magee grew up in San Antonio, experienced a teenage pregnancy, and despite significant obstacles, landed in an honors program at the University of Texas, where she earned a double degree in film and Plan II. As a teenager without a car, Magee walked to work every day past a small petting zoo...."

The Wedding Plan
A rom-com with a twist
Film Review  June 2, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Her mother and sister are mortified but supportive. Michal goes out on more dates (some of them quite amusing), continues to work as the proprietor of a mobile petting zoo (where one mother tells her how unfeminine it is for her to be handling snakes), and goes on a pilgrimage where she meets Yos (Israeli heartthrob Oz Zehavi), a handsome but nonreligious musician who finds her appealing..."

The Pirates!: Band of Misfits
Whether it's Pirates or Wallace and Gromit or Chicken Run, Aardman's stop-motion animation delivers the goods.
Film Review  April 27, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...So it’s back out to sea to capture more booty, but instead the pirates capture Charles Darwin, who recognizes that the captain’s “big-boned” bird Polly is not a parrot but the last dodo on Earth. Queen Victoria (voiced by Staunton), the sworn enemy of pirates, wants the animal for her petting zoo, but has other unstated reasons that are more nefarious..."

Tiny Tails to You
The cutest way to get your party hopping
DAILY Chron Events  December 21, 2016, by Tamar Price
"...For most grown-ups, petting zoos are something we left in our childhood along with playgrounds and proper bedtimes. But let's be real here, all the adulting in the world will not stop our obsession with small furry four-legged things...."

SXSW Film 2015 Rundown
Reviews, interviews, photo galleries, and more
DAILY SXSW  March 22, 2015
"...Best of Enemies Danny Says We Like It Like That Monte Adentro Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play Sneakerheadz Landfill Harmonic Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Animated Shorts program Midnight Shorts program They Will Have to Kill Us First Deep Time Nina Forever Dominguinhos Manson Family Vacation All Things Must Pass A Woman Like Me Peace Officer Planetary Made in Japan Tab Hunter Confidential Stone Barn Castle The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead Sailing a Sinking Sea Moonwalkers The Boy The Grief of Others Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Madina’s Dream Funny Bunny Petting Zoo Twinsters The Goob Creative Control The Invitation Naz & Maalik Pod Disaster Playground The Nymphets The Frontier She’s the Best Thing in It The Look of Silence A Space Program KRISHA God Bless the Child 7 Chinese Brothers Out to Win Poached Frame by Frame Son of the Congo Texas Shorts Mavis! Deep Web Bone in the Throat Bikes vs Cars Quitters The Sandwich Nazi Good Things Await Sweaty Betty Deathgasm Breaking a Monster The Ceremony Excess Flesh Uncle Kent 2 Theory of Obscurity A Film About the Residents [image-2] News & Conference Coverage..."

Day Trips
Columns  July 26, 2002, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...New at the Dallas Zoo this year is the endangered species carousel. From an early age children will learn to identify 30 creatures at the brink of extinction..."

Day Trips
Frank Buck's Zoo in Gainesville may not be as well known as its larger-than-life namesake, but it is impressive nonetheless
Columns  May 2, 2008, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, Texas, doesn't have a lot in common with its larger-than-life namesake. That doesn't mean that the small-town zoo isn't impressive in its own right..."

Texas Amusements
Features Story  May 10, 2002, by Elizabeth Morgan
"...Dallas Zoo Enter into a world of endangered tigers, gorillas, chimpanzees, reptiles, a walk-through rain forest, a monorail, and an interactive children's zoo. 650 S..."

Day Trips: Snake Farm, New Braunfels
Snake Farm, just sounds nasty, but is a lot of fun
Columns  August 30, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Snake Farm in New Braunfels has grown up. More than just a herpetarium, the iconic attraction on I-35 has expanded to become Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo...."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Petting Zoo (Germany/USA/Greece)
Director/Screenwriter: Micah Magee A story of love, sex, and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas, Petting Zoo is the portrait of a young woman coming into her own, in an environment that does not always present ideal circumstances. Cast: Devon Keller, Austin Reed, Deztiny Gonzales, Kiowa Tucker (North American Premiere)..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2013 Grants
$116,000 awarded to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Other major recipients include two ecological documentaries: $12,000 to biography Forty Panes: A Portrait of Wendell Berry; and $9,000 for John Fiege's Above All Else portraying the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline in East Texas. On the narrative front, $10,000 goes to Micah Magee's San Antonio-set teen drama Petting Zoo...."

Rodeo Austin Carnival 2013
March 18, 2013. 35 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  March 21, 2013
"...Austin Rodeo & Carnival 2013: Free Petting Zoo in Kidstown..."

Racing Stripes
Just as the titular zebra, Stripes, is not really a horse of a different color, this kids picture is not a movie of a different stripe.
Film Review  January 14, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...His adolescent daughter Channing (Panettiere) names the zebra Stripes, and after raising him for several years wants to race him in the Kentucky Open despite her father’s objections. Stripes is surrounded by a whole petting zoo of animals offering advice: a goat, Shetland pony, pelican, rooster, and bloodhound (voiced in turn by Goldberg, Hoffman, Pantoliano, Foxworthy, and Snoop Dogg – who, it should be noted, only has three lines of dialogue and seems added as a gratuitous afterthought)..."

Saving South Congress - for Whom?
This weekend's street fest raises questions about the future of the Southside's main drag
News Story  September 3, 2004, by Daniel Mottola
"...Crowds of up to 40,000 total guests are expected to pack the closed-down 1400 and 1500 blocks of South Congress. Attractions include acts such as Del Castillo, Grupo Fantasma, and the Cornell Hurd Band, food and beer vendors, plus carnival attractions and a petting zoo...."

Public Notice
In honor of the O. Henry Pun-Off, Public Notice swears off the puns this week.
Columns  May 18, 2001, by Kate X Messer
"...Watch out, Wolfson, these tots are hot shots. 462-0559.Heavy Petting Zoo The Tejas Miata Club is holding a Pet Food Drive this Saturday, May 19, 10am-3pm, at the Arboretum PetCo, 9828 Great Hills..."

Additional Ranch Info
Features Story  May 20, 1999
"...For the athletically inclined, there's golf on an 18-hole champion course, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. When the young'uns start to cause cabin fever, the Flying L also offers supervised kids activities and a petting zoo..."

Columns  December 13, 1996, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...A visit to the farm can easily become a family tradition with something for everyone. A petting zoo next to the barn features a pot-bellied pig, goats, rabbits, and chickens..."

2001 Kids' Summer Fun Guide
Features Story  May 4, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...If you can't visit grandma's farm, then this is the next best thing. Take a tour or just wander around the petting zoo, boutique, and ice cream shop..."

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