Thailand’s first CG Animated film, Khan Kluay (ก้านกล้วย)

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With CG animated films becoming the highest grossing genre at the box office of 2005, its no wonder that many Hollywood studios are jumping on the bandwagon. This is no exception for a Thai animation studio called Kantana Animation which is coming out with Khan Kluay (ก้านกล้วย), the first CG animated feature film made in Thailand. The production team have been working for two years on this film with 2.5 million US dollars spent on the budget. Previously, the studio worked on the animation sequence in the zombie flick Sars Wars. The director is Kompin Kemgumnird who had two years of experience working with Walt Disney and Bluesky animation studios. He served as an animator before taking on this project as his directorial debut.

The synopsis is as followed according to a news article at


The story begins with the young Khan Kluay living with his mother and the herd in deep jungle during the Ayutthaya era. Naughty and enjoying his freedom, Khan Kluay is also curious about his missing father so one day he decides to leave his safe haven to search for him. This is when his journey begins.

The mission to find his father turns out to be a big adventure for the young elephant, one that will prepare him to follow in his father's footsteps and become a war elephant. Soon after leaving the herd he stumbles into a Burmese army camp, hoping to find his father.

At the camp, he first meets the young future King Naresuan, who later helps him escape. However, he is caught by Ayutthaya soldiers and trained for battle. In time he will become one of the greatest war elephants in the battlefield ever.

Khan Kluay became the war elephant of King Naresuan and was on the battlefield when the Great King was dueling with the Crown Prince of Burma. After winning the battle, King Naresuan named him Chao Phraya Prab Hongsa.

The movie shows the love and friendship between the elephants as well as the relationship between elephants and humans, something that has been a part of Thai society for hundreds of years.

This article also has detail description of each character and background info about the production.

At the official site, there is a trailer in flash. Also, there is a test animation reel with english dialogue at the Kantana company site. The film is still in post-production so what you see in these videos may not reflect how the animation will look in the finish product.

Khan Kluay is expected to be release theatrically sometime on March of 2006. This could be the beginning of a new era for Thailand's animated film industry.

Official Khan Kluay Movie Site (Flash trailer in the site)
Poster 1
Poster 2
Test Reel (Downloadable WMV, 2.37 meg)

Source: Kantana Co., Bangkok Post

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nymphMay 21, 2006 10:01 AM

Personally, i cannot explain how i feel when im watching this flim..but i just wanna say that this flim made me proud of being thai ppl. i love this movie and i strongly believe that it will never make you upset if you are ppl who respect and love your nation.. Besides, after watching Khankluay, i really sympathize with elephants and wanna learn more about their nature..

- absolutely respcet-

fl;kdMay 23, 2006 12:36 PM

good movie tobe the next animation oscar in best picture animation i think

rachotthMay 23, 2006 2:42 PM

i didn't think it could work out, but when i watched made me cry, especially the scene when king naresuan the great talked with khankluay in order to encourage him for fighting, the word that king used made my tear flown. i'm so proud to be thai and i love all kings. thanks them to help us alive today.

tiffanyJuly 1, 2006 3:47 AM

when will it show in the usa?

เกริเกียรติJuly 6, 2006 8:03 PM


ผดุงเกียรติ สมสู่July 10, 2006 6:41 PM

สวัสดีทุกๆคนผมเรียนอยู่ที่โรงเรียนตรังคริสเตียน จ.ตรังผมมีชื่อเล่นว่าเบ๊นซ์ครับ เพื่อนๆของผมคงรู้จักผมดี

tuxokcNovember 16, 2006 3:29 PM

Can anyone answer the question, what systems were used to compose and render the animation?

boonDecember 8, 2006 5:23 PM


JamesDecember 9, 2006 5:40 AM

Beautiful and full of feeling. Luscious depiction of Thai landscapes. A highly-recommended film. I caught this at the Waterloo Festival last month in Canada.