The #DisneyDreamworksEvent War Horse Red Carpet Premiere Recap

In my November 19 post I mentioned that I had been invited to attend the red carpet premiere of the soon to be released DreamWorks movie War Horse. Well, the War Horse premiere was this past weekend and I want to share some of my trip with you.

I knew when I arrived in New York City on Saturday and checked into the Essex House that I was in for a memorable trip. Seriously, how can you not smile when the tv knows who you are and you don’t even live there?!

Warhorse Premiere Essex House Tv Welcome

Saturday night our #DisneyDreamworksEvent group attended Mary Poppins on Broadway. I’m saving that story for another post, but I’ll say now that it was a blast!

Sunday morning we had some free time. I relaxed in the room for a while and then had an #oldbroadsday out afternoon with Zippy at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market, NYC

Sunday night was the War Horse premiere. We met downstairs in the lobby at 4:30. I knew the premiere wasn’t supposed to start until 6, but after our experience with traffic the day before I understood why we were leaving so early. Our group met downstairs. Everyone was dressed beautifully – dresses, gowns, heels, makeup, the works. We went outside to board two vans. The thing is, only one van was there. And somehow, despite the fact that I was one of the first two to arrive in the lobby, I didn’t manage to get a seat on the first van. I was disappointed, because I wanted to get off of my feet. My new heels were killing me! I watched the first van sit parked at the curb while the rest of us stood outside waiting for the other van. As my knees and feet grew sore and tired I couldn’t help but think how lucky those girls were to be sitting down. Finally the second van arrived.

By now traffic was a madhouse. We were caught in bumper to bumper traffic for about ten minutes and hadn’t left the front of the hotel. Someone in the group asked the driver if he could turn around legally. He replied no. She then asked if he could turn around “not so legally”. He obliged.

“There’s something moving”

We headed off in the direction of the Lincoln Center, quickly losing sight of the first van which had gone the other way. When we arrived at Lincoln Center just minutes later there was a lot going on. Crowds of spectators were forming but I couldn’t see what was on the other side.

War Horse Premiere Crowd

Ah hah! As I got closer I saw the red carpet. Now I knew what was happening. The people were waiting to see anyone that might be someone. And someone that might be anyone. My group was hoping to see the group from the other van, as well as anyone else that we might see.

War Horse Premiere Red Carpet

Even the news was there.

War Horse Premiere News Van

We approached the entrance area. The crowd thinned and things calmed down, allowing me to get a glimpse of the big silk screen for the movie. It seemed larger then life, beautiful and dramatic!

War Horse Premiere Screen

“There’s something moving.”

And then it was busy again.

The media was there. Those lights sure are bright!

War Horse Premiere Red Carpet Crowd

We made out way into the theater. The other half of my group was till not there. those that were there – Zippy and Lauren – took our seats down towards the front of the theater. Finally, the others arrived. As it turns out, they’d gotten stuck in really bad traffic. Rather then wait it out and be even later, they took matters into their own hands. I don’t blame them, it was late. Wanna know what they did? I’ll tell you. Better yet, I’ll show you.

“There’s something moving.”

War Horse Premiere Bloggers Running

Yep. They ran!

(Running photo courtesy Louise from MomStart. You can read more about the run, or The Great Race as Marshall termed it, from Tricia, Sunny, Lori, and Jen.

A few minutes went by and it was time for the War Horse premiere to begin.

Steven Spielberg himself came out to introduce the cast, which includes Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell. War Horse is a PG-13 movie based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and the stage play by Nick Stafford, produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot. The movie, set in rural England during the First World War, is about a boy Albert and his horse Joey and the relationship between them.

Then the movie started.

War Horse Premiere Spielberg And Cast

For the next 2 hours and 20 minutes I was glued to my seat. When the movie finished we were invited to the after party. Before leaving the theater I had to have one of the others check my face, to be sure I didn’t look like Alice Cooper with makeup running down my face from the tears. The party was a blast, with lots of tasty food and plenty of opportunities to people watch.

I consider myself so fortunate to have been able to be present for the beginning of War Horse’s journey. The movie is even more beautiful and dramatic then I expected, and quite miraculous itself. It other words, it was amazing.

War Horse Premiere Me With Poster

And I wasn’t alone. I was in the company of 19 other Mom bloggers, as well as the wonderful Marshall, who along with DreamWorks and Disney, made this magical weekend possible for us. (Thanks again Marshall!)

War Horse Premiere Group Pic

There’s something moving.
It’s a horse.
What kind of a horse?
A miraculous horse.

Those lines are taken from the movie War Horse. War Horse will march proudly into theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011. It’s a powerful movie that will move you. It’s a hit waiting to be born. I truly recommend that you go see it. And if you’re going on Christmas Day, go early and run if you have to. It’s opening day, after all. It’s worth it.

Here’s the official trailer for War Horse, a little something to hold you over until Christmas Day.

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Let WAR HORSE send you on a journey home for the holidays! Now through Sunday, December 11th, tweet a holiday message to your loved ones including the hashtag #WarHorseMovieAD for a chance to win and you could ring in the New Year with family and friends! If you’re not on Twitter you can still enter by sending a holiday greeting to along with your first and last name and a daytime telephone number. The Grand Prize consists of airfare for two (2) (“Airfare”) and a $500 Visa gift card. For the official Journey Home Sweepstakes rules visit here

All expenses were covered by Disney & DreamWorks. Please note that as always my opinions are my own, and that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.


  1. Glad you had a wonderful time. Looks like it was very exciting. Best of all, you look gorgeous.

  2. It was a phenomenal experience and I was so thrilled with the movie – just loved it! I can’t wait to see it again! (Just a little jealous that you got more red carpet time than we did though…) lol

  3. I browsed the Columbus Circle Holiday Market myself. NYC is a fun place. Glad you got to enjoy truly! You deserve the best and whatever you set your mind to.

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