Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Khan Kluay gets big-name help for sequel

The hero war elephant of King Naresuan the Great is back in Kantana Animation's Khan Kluay II (ก้านกล้วย 2) and he has some high-profile voice talent backing him up.

Uttaporn Teemakorn, and soap-opera queen Ann Thongprasom, who were last paired in the 2004 hit romantic weeper The Letter, play husband-and-wife pachyderms.

Other voices are by Nonzee Nimibutr (playing the Burmese king), Montri Jenuksorn, Warut Worrantum and Krit Sripoomseth. Lyn's Lakorn Blog has more.

The sequel to 2006's feature -- Thailand's first computer-animated feature (later marketed as The Blue Elephant in the U.S. and Jumbo in India) -- the story has Khan Kluay as a senior elephant in the army of King Naresuan the Great. He's training his troops for the next big battle, showing the big beasts all the Muay Thai moves that elephants do best.

But he's forced to choose between his family and duty to his King when his wife, the pink elephant Chaba-Kaew and their little elephant calves, are kidnapped and held hostage in Burma.

Khan Kluay II opens in Thai cinemas on Thursday. The trailer is at YouTube and I've embedded it below.

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