Khan Kluay (2006)

Khan Kluay (2006) Poster
A little elephant on a big adventure!

Thai title: ก้านกล้วย
Other titles: The Blue Elephant, 小战象

Comments on Movie: Khan Kluay (2006)
"With adorable characters, funny sequences, and visually impressive animations, Khan Kluay captivates the children, satisfies the adults, and stands as a wonderfully delightful film for the whole family." - Sorradithep Supachanya, thaicinema.org.

"You can tell the animators spent many hours studying the movement of elephants" - Wise Kwai, Thai Film Journal.

"Very lovely and inspiring; eye-opener to Thai culture and warring-era. There are several themes that can be too serious for children; nonetheless vital to acknowledge and survive in our world." - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Adventure Family War Thai 3D Animation Rosalyn's Favorite Animated Feature 

Khan Kluay (2006) Trailer

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) 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. 

Movie Review: Khan Kluay (2006)
Chaba Kaew and Khan Kluay

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

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. 

Hide and seek.

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)!

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

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

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.

Official website(s)
http://www.kantana.com/

Related
Khan Kluay 2 (2009)
Various Thai Animation Studios
Rosalyn's Favorite
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

Khan Kluay (2006) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character
The Pink Elephant.

My favorite character for this film is the friendly Chaba Kaew! She is kind and lovely towards people and elephants around her including Khan Kluay even though he was a stranger and used to be hostile towards her. Among the younger elephants, she is certainly the more mature minded one and when Khan Kluay leaves to look for his family, she supported and patiently waited for him!

Khan Kluay (2006) Movie Quotes
From subtitles.
  1. Stand still, dear. You're making me dizzy.
  2. Strong as an elephant, right?
  3. You're up next!
  4. Damn, how would you manage to find me?
  5. This is the best game there is.
  6. His gang is a gang of frogs.
  7. Can we see the instant replay?
  8. It's Khan Kluay's favorite snack.
  9. He looks more like his father everyday.
  10. Stop talking about the past, please?
  11. Are you hungry? I have some salt soil for you.
  12. It hurts.
  13. I hope it does. As a reminder not to get into trouble again.
  14. High speed messenger pigeon. Awarded for excellence, three years running: Ayutthaya Army.
  15. I've been through every war and important battle.
  16. Prepare to move the herd. The soldiers are coming.
  17. Dad, it's cool to be a soldier right?
  18. No, I won't sleep until you tell me.
  19. Phupa's my father, right?
  20. How come he is not with us? Doesn't he love us?
  21. Your father was captured as war elephant before you were born.
  22. Then we can go rescue him, mom.
  23. I already lost your father. I don't want to lose you as well.
  24. Don't you miss him at all?
  25. He is still close to my heart in you! These are his eyes and his tusks. His ears too and over here. And here as well.
  26. Mom, I am going to find father for you.
  27. Why the booze in Ayutthaya is so weak? The booze back in Hongsa is much stronger.
  28. I want to go home, I miss my wife.
  29. Everything is normal, sir.
  30. You are all drunk!
  31. Operation 4701 is awesome. I really like it.
  32. Don't make fun of your ancestors!
  33. I am looking for my father.
  34. Why can't you catch one little elephant?
  35. Don't get too close. You might get hurt.
  36. I may be your captive but I am still a prince! If that means nothing to you, then go ahead.
  37. Where is your herd?
  38. I am going to look for my mom.
  39. I don't know. I'll keep walking. Eventually, I'll find her.
  40. My father knows every square inch of this forest. He might know where your mother is.
  41. I like sweet things but I can't eat too much or else I'll get fat.
  42. Even the children are enemy, your highness. You must be careful.
  43. How dare you ask? Let me go now!
  44. You call that human your father?
  45. Of course, he is the one who raised me.
  46. Only so he can make you work for him.
  47. Humans and elephants are friends, you know.
  48. You are not listening to a word I am saying.
  49. In all my years, you're the finest elephant I've ever seen.
  50. Don't let me catch you hiding anything precious.
  51. All the best war elephants in the palace.
  52. I wish to see my family again so we can be reunited as a family.
  53. I am an orphan elephant. I don't even know what my parents look like.
  54. Don't worry, from now on you have me here. I'll look after and protect you. 
  55. Is there anything I can do for you? This is my turf.
  56. Delivering a letter? Is there one for me?
  57. Where have you been hiding? Ayutthaya is now a free land!
  58. Promise me that you'll return home safely.
  59. At this rate we won't reach Ayutthaya until night.
  60. Nguang Dang is in a bad mood. 
  61. It seems like a city in heaven.
  62. The view from here is nothing compared to the grandeur inside.
  63. Final selection for royal elephants.
  64. This is the elephant worthy enough to fight by my side.
  65. I am ready to shed my blood and sacrifice my life for my land. For the peace and prosperity of generations to follow.
  66. Phupa and I fought shoulder to shoulder in many battles. 
  67. I can smell his blood thirst from afar.
  68. So he can die in battlefield one day? Let go of my son!
  69. For a warrior it's not important how long you live. What counts is how your death serves your nation better.
  70. Even Phupa is dead, his bravery keeps him alive in our hearts to this day.
  71. There appeared an auspicious omen. Clouds formed a 9-tiered Royal Parasol in the south sky that spiralled up into the north.
  72. Don't fear the enemy before you! The smaller our army is, the larger our victory will be. The blood that will be spilled today is not to show off our military might. But to destroy the enemy that has invaded our land. 
  73. Today we will fight to defeat the enemy and reclaim our land for our future generations. 
  74. Lord Elephant of the Land, if you desert me in this dire hour it's as if you are deserting yourself. Stand strong with me. With your courage and our strength combined together we can reserve the fate of our nation.
  75. Khan Kluay was anointed Lord Defeater of the Hongsa and his name is revered to this very day. 

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