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Khan Kluay (2006) at a glance

Khan Kluay (2006) is the first 3D animated feature produced in Thailand, directed by Kompin Kemgumnird with Kantana Animation Studios. It is loosely based on Chao Praya Prab Hongsawadee by Ariya Jintapanichkarn and King Naseruan's Elephant Battle. This film has won many awards and have been screened on several film festivals. It also has an animated television series entitled The Adventures of Khan Kluay and it is the highest-grossing Thai film in 2006.

Khan Kluay (2006) Trailer

Khan Kluay (2006) Synopsis

Khan Kluay (2006) is about an elephant who gets separated from his mother in search of his father and eventually becomes the war elephant for King Naresuan. Follow Khan Kluay on a breathtaking journey, complete with endearing characters, belly laughs, and an uplifting message about the power of courage.

Khan Kluay (2006) Review

Hide and seek.
Hide and seek.

To a person who is genuinely interested with the animal kingdom, people's history and culture, Khan Kluay (2006) is certainly impressive. The beautiful animations are both adorable and majestic which makes it truly an elephant tale which is also very lovely and inspiring.

Royal War Elephants
Royal War Elephants

Half of this film is mainly about war but that doesn't mean it's bad. In fact, it is an eye-opener to Thai culture and warring-era. It can educate and enlighten, which also makes Khan Kluay (2006) quite an ideal teaching and learning tool for children as it is also filled with plenty of uplifting scenes.

The Pink Elephant.
The Pink Elephant.

In brief, this animated feature is bittersweet as it has its own compelling life lessons. There are several themes that can be too serious for children; nonetheless vital to acknowledge and survive in our world.

PS. I personally feel Khan Kluay (2006) needs longer running time although it's already amazing. Luckily, we can have more of it because there's Khan Kluay 2 (2009)!

Who will like this?

This film will appeal to those who love Thai history and those who are fond of elephants.

Other Reviews (From Thai Movie Marathon)

The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)
The Life of Buddha (2007)
Nak (2008)
Khan Kluay 2 (2009)

PS. I am currently making all my Thai animated movie reviews available on Moviepilot! Stay tune for more animated features!

Details of the movie

Director: Kompin Kemgumnird
Producer: Auchara Kijkanjanas
Story: Ariya Jintapanichkarn
Screenplay: Aummaraporn Phandintong
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Chatchai Pongprapaphan
Studio: Kantana Animation Studio
Starring: Anyarit Pitakkul, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Phoori Hiranyapruk, Worathaya Ninlakhooha, Pongsak Hiranyapruk
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Kantana Group, Sahamongkol Film International
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Genre: Adventure Family War
Running time: 79 mins
Budget: USD 3,900,000 est.
Box office: Not sure.

Khan Kluay (2006) Behind the Scenes

Official website(s)

http://www.kantana.com/

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon and
Thai Animated Movie Marathon.
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A little elephant on a big adventure!
A little elephant on a big adventure!
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