"We didn't have any input into the film, but we saw Mr Spielberg and he was a straightforward and very nice man," said [Tom] Morris[, War Horse's co-director]. "He was telling us that, when they were in the middle of filming, he was quite frustrated as the real horses weren't nearly as expressive as the puppets. They wouldn't do what you wanted them to do."Puppets beat Spielberg! Theatricalization beats reality! Brecht beats Aristotle!