Khan Kluay

Khan Kluay (Thai: ก้านกล้วย) is a 2006 Thai 3D computer-animated action-adventure film set in Ayutthaya-era Siam about a Thai elephant who wanders away from his mother and becomes the war elephant for King Naresuan. Based on "Chao Praya Prab Hongsawadee" by Ariya Jintapanichkarn, the film was released as Jumbo in India and The Blue Elephant in the United States. Its sequel, Khan Kluay 2,[3] is about Khan Kluay's two elephant children, another attack by the Hongsawadi, and the choice between living with his wife or fighting the Burmese.[4]

Khan Kluay
Khankluay.jpg
Thai theatrical release poster
Directed byKompin Kemgumnird
Produced byAummaraporn Phandintong
Written byEvan Spiliotopoulos
Aummaraporn Phandintong
Based onChao Praya Prab Hongsawadee by Ariya Jintapanichkarn
StarringSee Characters
Music byChatchai Pongprapaphan
CinematographyAummaraporn Phandintong
Edited byEvan Spiliotopoulos
Production
company
Kantana Animation
Kantana Group Public Co.
Sahamongkol Film International
Distributed bySahamongkol Film International
Release date
  • May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryThailand
LanguageThai
Budget฿115 million[1]
Box office฿196.7 million[2]

Khan Kluay is directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, an animator who had worked on Disney films such as Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Tarzan and Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age.[5] Produced by Kantana Animation, it was the first Thai 3-D animated feature film and the first animated Thai feature film released since The Adventure of Sudsakorn, a 1979 cel-animated film by Payut Ngaokrachang. Khan Kluay took three years to make, and was released in Thailand on May 18, 2006. An animated television series, The Adventures of Khan Kluay, was produced by Kantana Animation Studio and broadcast on BBTV Channel 7.

PlotEdit

CharactersEdit

  • Khan Kluay, the title character, was born in the wild. His mission is to find his father, who is evidently dead and cremated.
  • Naresuan, king of the Ayuttahaya Kingdom, is the first human Khan Kluay befriends.
  • Chaba Kaew is a pink elephant with a flower on her left ear.

Voice castEdit

  • Anyarit Pitakkul as Khan Kluay (young)
  • Nawarat Techarathanaprasert as Chaba Kaew (child)
  • Phoori Hiranyapruk as older Khan Kluay
  • Warattaya Nilkuha (Jui) as older Chaba Kaew
  • Pongsak Hiranyapruk as Jitrit, a pigeon
  • Nanthana Bunlong as Saeng-daa
  • Suthep Po-ngam as Mahout
  • Channarong Khuntee-tao as Burmese general
  • Klos Utthaseri as Mingyi Swa
  • Juree Ohsiri
  • Koti Aramboy

US English dubEdit

ProductionEdit

Khan Kluay was directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, an animator who had worked on the Disney films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo, The Lion King, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Tarzan, and Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age. Produced by Kantana Animation, it was the first Thai 3-D animated feature film and the first animated Thai feature since Payut Ngaokrachang's cel-animated The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979). Khan Kluay took three years to produce.

ReleasesEdit

Khan Kluay was released in Thailand on May 18, 2006, and the film was shown to an audience of Asian elephants and their mahouts in an outdoor screening in Ayutthaya Province on June 6 of that year. It was released in September 2008 on DVD in the United States as The Blue Elephant. The Indian production Percept Picture Company bought the rights to the film and released a Hindi-language version, Jumbo, on December 25, 2008; Indian actor Akshay Kumar voiced the main character, Jumbo.[6]

United StatesEdit

The film was released in the US on September 2, 2008, by the Jim Henson Company and the Weinstein Company as The Blue Elephant. Like other foreign animated films which have been dubbed into English (such as My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service), it was released direct-to-video. The film was re-dubbed with celebrity voices, including Martin Short, Miranda Cosgrove and Carl Reiner. Some scenes were deleted for the US version, and character names were changed.

IndiaEdit

The film released in India on December 25, 2008 as Jumbo by the Percept Picture Company. It was re-dubbed with a cast which included Akshay Kumar and Rajpal Yadav.

Festivals and awardsEdit

TelevisionEdit

An animated television series, The Adventures of Khan Kluay, was produced by Kantana Animation Studio and is broadcast on BBTV Channel 7.[citation needed] Khan Kluay featured in animations broadcast in 2016 as the lead-in to Thailand Move Forward, a government-information program which all television stations in Thailand are required to broadcast at 6 pm.[9]

SequelEdit

A 2009 sequel, Khan Kluay 2, was a box-office bomb.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Khan Kluay (2006) Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Khan Kluay (2006) Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, "Trumpeting for triumph" ; retrieved 2010-11-17
  4. ^ [2], "trailer Khan kluay 2" ; retrieved 2010-11-20
  5. ^ "Kompin Kemgumnird". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  6. ^ "Akshay Kumar's Jumbo is actually a Thai film", ScreenIndia; retrieved 2008-12-13
  7. ^ a b c d e Thai Film Awards this year Archived 2007-05-24 at the Wayback Machine, ThaiCinema.org, 2007-02-28.
  8. ^ 115 films on offer at film festival, Siasat Daily; retrieved 2007-11-15
  9. ^ recorded livestream feed of Nation TV on YouTube

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