Steven Spielberg is pulling double-duty at the multiplex this Christmas with the Oscar-bait equine tale "War Horse" and the animated kid flick "The Adventures of Tintin."

Steven Spielberg is pulling double-duty at the multiplex this Christmas with the Oscar-bait equine tale "War Horse" and the animated kid flick "The Adventures of Tintin."

I say skip the horse and take "Tintin" for a ride.

Based on the popular Belgian comic books by Herge, it follows Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell), a young investigative reporter with a nose for adventure, and his loyal pup Snowy.

The purchase of a model ship sets off a chain of events that eventually has Tintin pursued by the evil Sakharine (Daniel Craig) and joining forces with perpetually drunk ship Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis).

Spielberg has long wanted to adapt Tintin to the big screen - he was turned on to the comic after "Raiders of the Lost Ark" drew comparisons.

He's playing with a new bag of tricks here. "Tintin" was shot with live actors using motion capture, and it's released in 3D.

Spielberg is like a kid in a candy store again, kicking out a frenetic and joyful adventure after going through the motions with the last "Indiana Jones" movie.

The script is no-frills and punchy. Little energy is spent introducing characters; instead they're just thrust into eye-popping adventure.

One massive chase scene is a particular blast. If it were a theme-park ride, I would have wanted to go again as soon as it was over. "Tintin" brought out the kid in me.