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Youal
05-18-2006, 11:52 PM
http://www.deknang.com/gallery/galleries/scoop/kk_poster01.jpg

Khan Kluay just open in Thailand today. Its the first 3D animated film in Thailand.

Here is the synopsis from movieseer.com (http://www.movieseer.com/MovieprofileBil.asp?moID=5417&Channel=2):
Khankluay is a young elephant who lives his carefree life in a forest, but he's always wondering of his lost father whom he's never met. Inspired by the intention to search for his father, Khankluay leaves the forest and sets his journey to the bigger world. His journey brings such an extraordinary adventure to him. He's experienced so many lessons of life, and finds real friends. Finally, Khankluay becomes a mature elephant who's so brave and powerful, but has a gentle heart. He fights for the king and country until his courage becomes a legend.

Trailer embedded within:
http://www.khankluay-themovie.com/

Test reel:
http://www.kantana.com/corporate/media/khankluay_new.wmv

Papa Lazarou
05-19-2006, 03:22 AM
I like the simple colourful approach they took with the designs(though some designs aren't as strong as others).

Seems kind of jarring to go from cute Dumbo-esque scenes to full-blown epic battles though. For a war movie they may be aiming it a bit young.

Ls3D
05-19-2006, 06:30 AM
It is nice to see other cultures are doing some long format 3D work. The art direction is a bit odd to me, like two different directors were forced to work together. I'm with Papa, cuddley blue elephants or intense war sequences - pick one.

-Shea

Breinmeester
05-19-2006, 08:29 AM
I think it's fresh, unique and has good animation. I was amazed by the scale of it.
I don't see that 'two directors' thing. I think it's nice to see how something goes from a small and protected enviroment to something full blown epic. Seems like an interesting story.
About the 'cudley or epic': it's obviously not an American film, so I think it shouldn't be measured by American standards. I think the producers of the first Thai CG feature will be well aware of what their audience in their culture can handle.

AdamHerbert
05-19-2006, 02:41 PM
Looks well done. It was a little strange transitioning from the vibrant colors to the darkness of the battles, but I think it's because it happens in such a short period of time. I have a feeling it will work much better in the movie. Only other thing I found to be strange was the structures. Some of the structures look fairly realistic, while others fit with the characters and look more cartoony.

Congrats to the creators for being the first CG film from Thailand.

punnw01
05-19-2006, 04:14 PM
wonder if that was actually made in thailand... didn't think there was enough cg artists in thailand to do a feature. hell, i didn't think there was enough computers in thailand to do that.

what up with Dumbo meets LOTR? that was weird. and the voice acting is still whiny and annoying. just like watching Thai soaps. they gotta get out of that mode if they wanna kick it up a notch.

did you guys see the same bird from Pixar's short?

AlbertArt
05-19-2006, 05:03 PM
Thank looks really cool. Good job Thailand! Though I have yet to see the actual film.

FunkyCowie
05-19-2006, 05:16 PM
wonder if that was actually made in thailand... didn't think there was enough cg artists in thailand to do a feature. hell, i didn't think there was enough computers in thailand to do that.

what up with Dumbo meets LOTR? that was weird. and the voice acting is still whiny and annoying. just like watching Thai soaps. they gotta get out of that mode if they wanna kick it up a notch.

did you guys see the same bird from Pixar's short?


My thai friend, who I was showing this thread to cos I thought it would interest him, found your post quite offensive.

Youal
05-19-2006, 06:40 PM
wonder if that was actually made in thailand... didn't think there was enough cg artists in thailand to do a feature. hell, i didn't think there was enough computers in thailand to do that.

what up with Dumbo meets LOTR? that was weird. and the voice acting is still whiny and annoying. just like watching Thai soaps. they gotta get out of that mode if they wanna kick it up a notch.

did you guys see the same bird from Pixar's short?
Its a thai production from Kantana Animation Co.

Here is the company site:
http://www.kantana.com/corporate/businessgroup3.htm#animation

I believe the Thailand animation industry is relativly small so given that this is the first CG animated film is a big step toward developing and improving the situation there. The production size for this film is small compare to major studios but I applaud their attempt.

punnw01
05-19-2006, 09:32 PM
My thai friend, who I was showing this thread to cos I thought it would interest him, found your post quite offensive.

which part of my comment was he offended by? the lack of computers in thailand? well that's just a harmless joke.. relax, i'm just busting their balls.

or the part about whiny voice acting? i can't help that one.. it's true. it bugs the hell out of me everytime i hear it.

btw, i'm thai... so doesn't that give me free pass to bust on my own people? you know? like those people that converted to judaism to tell jewish jokes?

dalmanna
05-20-2006, 12:55 AM
looks pretty cool, not that i can understand a word of it:D, but it kept me interested on picture alone.

P_T
05-20-2006, 09:29 AM
That looks great!! I hope there's gonna be an English translated released.

Why you wanna bust on your own people I can never understand. Maybe if they're doing something wrong but they're not, they're doing something something good for Thailand's CG industry and that deserves a praise not an insult.

isoparmB
05-20-2006, 02:25 PM
Way to go Thailand. Keep up the good work!. :]

Hope to see more animated features done in the southeast asia region.

hampsty
05-20-2006, 03:51 PM
A big congratulation to our neigbour country! That trailer looks neat, I wish it's in a saveable format however because I like archiving these for future reference (i.e Referring it to others and such).

Hope the availability of this movie reaches here too! :)

mistaman
05-21-2006, 01:11 AM
I know the people in Kantana and I am malaysian. All I can say is KUDOS to Kantana for having the balls to stick through it. This might be the thing to kickstart the 3d animation industry in a big way for Thailand.

From what I know, most of the CG artist are Thai! Whatever it is, I would love to set my eyes on this. Worse come to worse, I'd just fly down to bangkok to catch it!

Again - Awesome that you've launched it!

RobPowers
05-21-2006, 01:37 AM
There was a recent study showing Thailand to have the highest percent of literacy and also internet usage in Asia. I found that article a great read and wanted to share the info. I think it was in Time or Newsweek. Great job with the film!

amannin
05-21-2006, 02:27 AM
cartoony characters fighting to the death... i dunno, just feels a little awkward. not that i saw any deaths, but the war looked serious enough to warrant such actions. this feels a lot like an indy film to me... story wise.

not your typical children's story thats for damn sure --- though, i somehow doubt that was their intention.

i'd still be interested in watching it... wonder if/when it will be imported here in the U.S.

Lunatique
05-21-2006, 03:06 PM
There was a recent study showing Thailand to have the highest percent of literacy and also internet usage in Asia.

I think you meant SOUTH-EAST Asia, which includes these countries:

Brunei (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunei)
Myanmar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar) (formerly Burma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma))
Cambodia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia)
East Timor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Timor)
Indonesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia)
Lao PDR (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos) (Laos)
Malaysia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia)
Philippines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines)
Singapore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore)
Thailand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand) (formerly Siam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siam))
Vietnam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam)
That is not the same as Asia, which includes a ton of other countries like Japan, Korea..etc.

RobPowers
05-21-2006, 05:55 PM
No, actually it was all of Asia. The article included Japan and Korea and I was surprised to see that Thailand ranked higher than both of those countries.





I think you meant SOUTH-EAST Asia, which includes these countries:

Brunei (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunei)
Myanmar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar) (formerly Burma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma))
Cambodia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia)
East Timor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Timor)
Indonesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia)
Lao PDR (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos) (Laos)
Malaysia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia)
Philippines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines)
Singapore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore)
Thailand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand) (formerly Siam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siam))
Vietnam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam)
That is not the same as Asia, which includes a ton of other countries like Japan, Korea..etc.

Lunatique
05-22-2006, 01:43 AM
No, actually it was all of Asia. The article included Japan and Korea and I was surprised to see that Thailand ranked higher than both of those countries.

Count me surprised too. It's like Twilightzone--an alternate universe. Can anyone confirm this from other sources?

Flog
05-22-2006, 02:04 AM
awesome, looks cute.

DarkTure
05-22-2006, 02:23 AM
Looks like a pretty nice animation :)

Count me surprised too. It's like Twilightzone--an alternate universe. Can anyone confirm this from other sources?


This list says that japan and south korea have higher percentage:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate

cREATURE hARMONY
05-22-2006, 08:46 AM
cartoony characters fighting to the death... i dunno, just feels a little awkward. not that i saw any deaths, but the war looked serious enough to warrant such actions. this feels a lot like an indy film to me... story wise.

not your typical children's story thats for damn sure --- though, i somehow doubt that was their intention.

i'd still be interested in watching it... wonder if/when it will be imported here in the U.S.

By western standards, it does seem a little violent for a movie with cartoony aesthetics, but in South East Asia, storytelling has a tradition with someone young going thru growing pains, experiencing the right of passage and winning honor and respect for their family by becoming a war hero or scholar.

Lets just say that probably wouldn't pass as a G-rated movie here in America but it's nothing new to South East Asians.

monsitj
05-22-2006, 12:35 PM
i'm just watch it in the theater ,last night , and yes I'm Thai and live in Bangkok , I have to say congratulation to kantana team which do great job for first Thai animation film , visual is nice , good story and compare to the time and money they use in production ( i think they use approximately 3.75 million ) I think it can call " successful".
just my opinion :):)

amannin
05-22-2006, 08:21 PM
i'm just watch it in the theater ,last night , and yes I'm Thai and live in Bangkok , I have to say congratulation to kantana team which do great job for first Thai animation film , visual is nice , good story and compare to the time and money they use in production ( i think they use approximately 3.75 million ) I think it can call " successful".
just my opinion :):)

good to hear --- would you say the trailer justly portrays it, or is there more for us to expect (provided it comes to the U.S.) ?

nuch
05-28-2006, 11:59 AM
i'm just watch it in the theater ,last night , and yes I'm Thai and live in Bangkok , I have to say congratulation to kantana team which do great job for first Thai animation film , visual is nice , good story and compare to the time and money they use in production ( i think they use approximately 3.75 million ) I think it can call " successful".
just my opinion :):)

I envy you.
I'm dying to see this film since the project started. However, it's showing when I'm not in Thailand.
Glad to hear some good reviews.
It's such a big step for Katana to create the first Thai 3D animation feature. And They did a great job.
Cheers to all creators of Khan Kluay.

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