Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Thai animation in the 21st century

Thailand, particularly Kantana Animation, has been pushing to become a hub of sorts of computer animation. And animation is around -- in commercials, in short segments in live-action feature films, such as Sars Wars, and on ATMs. I watched a Godzilla-type movie on a Krung Thai Bank ATM that had me transfixed the other day. Maybe more on that in another post.

Anyway, Twitch has news about Khan Kluay, which will be the first feature-length animated 3-D Thai film. And, I'm pretty sure, it's the first Thai animated feature in a long time. You have to go back to 1978's cel-animated Sud Sakorn.

Directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, who's worked for Disney and Ice Age's Blue Sky Studios, the 80-minute feature portrays King Naresuan's war elephant, Khan Kluay, from his early days up to becoming a battle-hardened champion.

According to the Bangkok Post's Database section, which is the place to watch for news about animation in Thailand, Kantana plans to preview parts of the movie at World Animation and Cartoon 2006, January 7-15 at Impact Arena.

And at Thailand Animation & Multimedia 2006 on January 12-15 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Kompin will explain the animation techniques used to produce the movie.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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