The AMAZING horse puppet creation used in the movie, WAR HORSE – how it was done!






I have a horse puppet theme today… but not the type of puppets you might be conjuring in your mind.  These puppets are animatronic.  Wow!  All were used in either the movie, WAR HORSE or the play.

  1.  I saw this clip and was fascinated…

To me, the horse was REAL until I saw the guy running the puppet.

Click here to see a screen test.  This was the puppet used in the movie, WAR HORSE.

This looks like a real horse to me... Click to watch this screen test.

This looks like a real horse to me… Click to watch this screen test.

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This is a puppet.

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An emotional nose bump – seems genuine.

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Ah! What? Yup, it is a puppet. The attached video was a screen test for the movie, War Horse. Click image to watch the video!

2)  This “how it was done” video relieved me.  I never saw the movie, WAR HORSE, because I didn’t think I could take the animal injury scenes.  Well, now that I’ve seen this video, I can go with ease.  The scary scenes were animatronics – even though they looked so REAL.

First off, I’ll show you the horrible scene where Joey is trapped in the barbed wire.  This is not a real horse.  This is a puppet.

Click here to see how they constructed this scene with a puppet!

This is a puppet, not a real horse! Click here to watch the video of how they created this scene.

This is a puppet, not a real horse! Click here to watch the video of how they created this scene.

These are some of the steps revealed in the video.

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The mechanics of the eyeballs.

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Facial expressions

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Ears, eyes, lips, nose…

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FEAR!

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Assembly

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Screen test. Looks real.

3)  And then I stumbled upon this video from the outtakes of the play, WAR HORSE, where Joey meets a real Police horse outside of the theater.  Very cool!  (The police horse knows it isn’t real, I think,  but he is quite interested…)

Click to watch Joey from the play, WAR HORSE, meet an actual horse!

Click to watch Joey from the play, WAR HORSE, meet an actual horse!

THAT WAS SO CREATIVE AND FUN!!



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