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War Horse

War Horse

by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse Resources

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Want More Morpurgo?

Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books. Does he have time to do anything else? You'll have to go to his website and find out.

Movies and Stage

War Horse on the Big Screen

Steven Spielberg directed the silver screen adaptation of War Horse. It's like Saving Private Ryan except about two decades earlier, less violent, and with more horses. Okay, it's nothing like Saving Private Ryan, but it's still pretty emotional.

War Horse on the Big Stage

Before it was a movie (but after it was a book), War Horse was performed live on stage. Who knew that Mr. Ed, Trigger, and Silver retired from Hollywood to act on Broadway?

Articles and Interviews

From Book to Play to Movie, Oh My!

In this interview, Morpurgo reveals that he wanted to write a book that didn't favor one side of the war. So he wrote War Horse, which showed that things totally sucked on both sides.

Some Say "Neigh"!

Some critics had harsh words about the War Horse play: "'War Horse' has its share of neat contrivances and less-than-subtle moralizing." Could the same be said for the book?

What's His Line?

In this interview, Morpurgo reveals his favorite line in the book. Our money would have been on "it was the giant Heinie who showed the first signs of weakness" (12.5), but that's just because the phrase "giant Heinie" makes us chuckle like we're back in the second grade.

Video

A Story About a Horse, Of Course

This interview is both an intriguing look at why Morpurgo wrote War Horse and a glimpse into the incredible puppetry of the play. Oh, and what Morpurgo thinks about Steven Spielberg. (Hint: he's the best.)

Boy Meets Horse

The War Horse trailer focuses on the gooey emotional center of the book: the relationship between Albert and Joey.

Hooves on Stage

Missed the play? Watch this video and get the gist of it in two minutes or less.

Audio

War Scores

If reading War Horse is too quiet for you, listen to some samples of the score from the Original London Cast recording. "Learning to Plough" has never been so soothing.

Images

Eight-Horsepower Horse

Gawk at the play's incredible horse puppets, which seem to be more machine than horse. Also, they have eight legs.

Joey Uncovered

Before the movie, the book cover focused on what the book is really about: the horse.

A Boy and His Horse

In this still from the film, we see the bond between Albert and Joey... or at least between Jeremy Irvine and the horse playing Joey.

The Man in the Saddle

Here he is: the author of War Horse. Looks like a nice guy.

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