The Adventure of Sudsakorn
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The Adventure of Sudsakorn (Thai: สุดสาคร, also The Adventure of Sud Sakorn, Sudsakhorn Adventure, or Soodsakorn) is a 1979 Thai animated fantasy film. The only cel-animated feature film ever made in Thailand, it was directed by Payut Ngaokrachang. It was released in Thailand on Songkran Day, April 13, 1979. Since then, it has occasionally been seen at film festivals around the world but has not been made available for international audiences on DVD or video.
|The Adventure of Sudsakorn|
|Directed by||Payut Ngaokrachang|
|Written by||Payut Ngaokrachang|
Sunthorn Phu (main character)
|April 13, 1979 (Thailand)|
The story is based on Phra Aphai Mani, a 30,000-line epic written by Thailand's best-known poet, Sunthorn Phu. In 2006, the story was adapted into a Thai live-action fantasy film, The Legend of Sudsakorn.
Sudsakorn, the son of a mermaid and a minstrel prince, fights on different occasions, an elephant, shark, and dragon horse, and encounters in his meanderings a king, a hermit, a yogi, a magic wand, and ghosts.
Production started in 1976 and was plagued with shortages of capital, personnel and equipment. For the first six months, the crew had 100 workers, but by the second year their numbers were reduced to nine.
"I made a lot of my equipment from pieces I got from junk of World War II military surplus," Payut told writer John A. Lent. "I'd find a screw here, a crank there, etc. I used a combat camera and adapted it. I pulled together pieces of wood, aluminum, whatever I could find."
The intense, detailed work on Sudsakorn impaired Payut's eyesight. "I did all the key drawings myself, even the layout and design ... I was almost blind from doing that film and now I wear contacts. My right eye is long, my left is short, crooked because of all that detailed work."
- Lent, John A. (April 1997). "A Screw Here, a Crank There". Animation World Magazine, Issue 2.1.
- Danutra, Pattara and Himes, Robert (January 1, 2004). "Payut Ngaokrachang: The Master of Thai Animations", Thai Film Foundation.