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Brace Yourself for “War Horse” with Some Behind-the-Scenes Tidbits

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The video below is from the Wall Street Journal website, via Susie Blackmon’s tip:

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Ever since I saw an advance screening of “War Horse,” I’ve fielded a variety of questions about the movie’s emotional intensity.

Can I take my children? has been one question. Another has been, There aren’t any dead horses in it, are there?”

The vibe out there is, I want to see it, but I don’t want to get too upset.

People are worried. They’ve got enough upsetting them in real life, maybe too much to let a sad movie send them over the edge.

Yet, this is an emotional movie about animals – horses – used in war.

So, let’s get some information. Let’s take some glimpses behind the curtain of movie magic. Knowledge is power. Maybe a little knowledge can give us the power to keep us from losing it in public?

If you’re a purist and you don’t want to know any “spoilers, you’ve probably seen too much already. Still, I hope what little you’ve seen already has piqued your curiosity about the movie.

Still, I don’t think you’ll lose the magic by reading this. You might come away with a new appreciation of the achievement on the screen.

So, consider this another Sad Movie Survival Tip:  learn how movies are made. Especially movies with real horses.

Breathing Life into Wood and Fabric: “War Horse” on stage

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A poster diagram of the “Joey” puppet hangs in the theater lobby. /Photo by Rhonda Lane

Just because “War Horse” is a play based on a children’s book and stars puppets doesn’t mean this play isn’t intense.

The show might be too much for a child under 8, no matter how precocious and smart. There’s nothing gruesome in the show, but story developments can be upsetting, even to those of who studied the Joey puppet diagram hanging in the theater lobby and are intellectually hip to the fact that Joey is made of fabric and wood.

Because once you settle in your seat and the house lights go dark, Magic happens.