Just in time for a Christmas 2011 release, the trailer for a film about a young man and his beloved best friend, a horse.  Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is Mr. Ed: The Motion Picture and it will drop this holiday season.

OK, that’s not true, it’s a Spielberg-directed tale called War Horse about a young man named Anthony who is split from his beloved best friend, a horse named Joey, because of World War I, and who longs to be reunited with his equine pal.  You decide which films sounds more silly after checking out the trailer below.

Cheesy sentimentality?   Check.  Syrupy and sweeping John Williams string section?  Check.  Kind of an odd and obsessive relationship between a horse and the boy who pines for him by repeatedly sketching the horse’s image?  Check, and ew.

But hey, if Spielberg can make the relationship between a small boy and a wrinkled potato-giraffe thing in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial insanely heartwarming (OK, so maybe I cry my eyes out every time it’s on TV, what of it?), he can probably pull this off, too.  I mean, it’s got the syrupy strings, you guys.  The syrupy strings!

What do you think of the trailer for War Horse?