Meet Joey the Puppet from WAR HORSE

Joey, the puppet and star of "WAR HORSE", was introduced to the media in anticipation of the play's performances at the Wharton Center December 5-9, 2012. Click through our gallery to learn some interesting facts and trivia about Joey.

  • The puppet (Joey), which weighs 120 pounds, is handmade by 14 people. Its frame is mostly cane: soaked, bent and stained.

  • An aluminum frame along the spine, lined partly with leather for comfort, allows the horse to be ridden.

  • Stretched, hosiery-like Georgette fabric makes up the “skin” beneath the frame.

  • The tail and ears are moveable instead of the lips or eyelids, because that’s how horses usually express themselves.

  • A puppeteer at the head controls the ears and head; one in the heart controls breathing and front legs; a third in the hind controls the tail and back legs.

  • A harness connects the puppet’s and puppeteers' spines so his or her movements become the breathing of the horse.

  • Two levers connected with bicycle brake cables control the leather ears.

  • The neck is made of carbon fiber glass for flexibility.

  • The right hind lever moves the tail up and down; the left hind lever, left to right; moved together, it spirals.

  • Two levers connected with bicycle brake cables control the leather ears

  • The hair in the mane and tail is made of Tyvek, a plastic-like paper.

  • The puppet, just under 10ft long and about 8ft tall, has about 20 major joints. Vertical levers curl the knees and lift the hooves.