War Horse Movie Tie-in

Paperback | October 4, 2011

byMichael Morpurgo

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Brimming with more than 140 dramatic images, this is the stunning, visual companion to Steven Spielberg's epic adventure, set in rural England and Europe, about a young man and his horse and their separate journeys through the battlefields of the First World War. One of the great stories of friendship and war, the successful novel "War Horse" not only inspired the award-winning stage play, but also inspired one of the great directors in film history to commit his talent, vision, and resources to make this extraordinary movie, which was shot in the countryside of England.

"I first fell in love with the story of "War Horse" because I was moved by the relationship between a boy and an animal in Michael Morpurgo's novel and the screenplay by Richard Curtis and Lee Hall," writes Steven Spielberg in his foreword. "But, ultimately, I made it because of what the book and the screenplay say about courage. I t is about the courage of the horse Joey and what he endures to survive, and the courage of Albert in his attempt to find his best friend in a time of war. With every frame of this film, it was my hope to issue a call for courage in our daily lives. A call to 'be brave.'"

Additional forewords by producer Kathleen Kennedy, novelist Michael Morpurgo, and co-screenwriter Richard Curtis reveal their feelings about the story and the process of moving it from page to screen. The main body of the book is divided into three sections:

Part 1: "Joey's Journey"--A visual retelling, along with script excerpts and filmmakers' comments, of the journey taken by Joey, the horse trained by his beloved Albert, from the striking verdant countryside of Dartmoor, Devon, to training in the British cavalry, to trench warfare in France.

Part 2: "The Making of War Horse"--An insider's glimpse of the movie-making process highlighted with fascinating insights from the international cast and the crew about the casting, locations, costumes, horse training, and much more.

Part 3: "The History of War Horses"--An illuminating section on the role of horses in battle, illustrated with iconic images from history, vivid drawings, paintings and photographs.

This beautiful book is a testament to what can be done when people become impassioned about a goal. As producer Kathleen Kennedy expresses in her foreword: ""War Horse" was one of those unusual productions that comes together in an incredibly short time, and for all the right reasons. Everyone involved understood the film's potential, the richness of the characters, the depth of emotion, and the strength of the story's message."

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Brimming with more than 140 dramatic images, this is the stunning, visual companion to Steven Spielberg's epic adventure, set in rural England and Europe, about a young man and his horse and their separate journeys through the battlefields of the First World War. One of the great stories of friendship and war, the successful novel "Wa...

British author Michael Morpurgo was born in St. Albans, Hertforshire in 1943. He attended the University of London and studied English and French. He became a primary school teacher in Kent for about ten years. He and his wife Clare started a charity called Farms for City Children. They currently own three farms where over 2000 childre...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.56 × 5.16 × 0.52 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:EgmontLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405259418

ISBN - 13:9781405259415

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story I love the perspective this novel is told in, it makes the story that much more interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-28
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from historical fiction about World War I from a horse's point of view Joey is a young colt who was purchased for three guineas by an English farmer. The farmer’s son Albert is thirteen at the time and begins to care for Joey. But when World War I begins a couple of years later, Albert’s father sells Joey to Captain Nicholls of the British cavalry because he needs the money. Albert, who is still too young to join the army, promises that someday he will find the horse. Joey is ridden in a disastrous cavalry charge into German machine guns. Captain Nicholls is killed, and the horse is captured as a prisoner of war. The Germans use him first for hospital cart transport and then for artillery cart pulling but allow him to be stabled on a French farm where he is taken care of by the farmer and his granddaughter Emelie. Bolting after his friend Topthorn dies, Joey ends up in no-man’s land between the German and English trenches and through a coin-toss is once again taken by the English but is very ill. Meanwhile, Albert has joined the veterinary corps. What will happen to Joey? And will Albert and Joey ever see each other again? There is not as much good historical fiction for young people from the World War I era as from other well-known war periods. Readers can get unique and perceptive views of World War I as soldiers from both sides of the conflict share their thoughts and feelings with Joey. The age range is listed for eight and up, but I would recommend it more for twelve and up. Some of the battle scenes, while not overly graphic, are rather blunt and might not be appropriate for younger children, especially those who are sensitive. Also, the “h” word is used a few times as a curse, and the name of God is found as an interjection on several occasions. The novel is said to have an “anti-war” message, but I think older young people can still enjoy the story, which is based on a true story about a horse named Warrior, even if they don’t necessarily share the attempted “neutral” stance of the author. Of course, everyone prefers peace, but many of us still believe that there were a right side and a wrong side in World War I. And the way in which the passing of time is dealt with might be confusing to some. The book was originally published in 1982 but didn’t become well known until made into an award winning play in 2007 and an acclaimed film in 2011.
Date published: 2012-11-13