While there are pleasures to be had from watching so many grand actresses strut their stuff, the fact is that the overriding preoccupation here rests with surface impressions rather than psychological probity.
A newly widowed father of 2 buys a property which just happens to include a nearly defunct zoo - complete with lion, bear, tiger, etc. His children have the modern attitudes we expect, and their father is sincere about making it all work. Even the ferocious animals and their keepers- part of the package deal -are loveable through it all. Will they meet the deadline set by that nasty inspector?