Thailand-based The Kantana Group has hired U.S. animation vets Tod Polson and Aaron Sorenson to direct its feature animated film, KHUAN KLUAY, reports VARIETY. The studio hopes to make the film the first from Thailand to be released simultaneously throughout Asia in April 2005. A third of the project's $2.5 million budget is being funded by The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, which is providing tax breaks for imported software and ponying up the cash for the film's marketing. The story follows an abandoned elephant that saves his homeland from its enemies.
In addition, Kompin Kemgumnird, who has working for Walt Disney Co. and on Blue Sky's ICE AGE, has been named as animation supervisor. The story was constructed by Ariya Jintapanichkarn with screenplay credits going to Ariel Prendergast.
Starting in 1987, Kantana Animation Co was created by The Kantana Group to work on outsourced projects for Japan's Toei. For more information, visit http://www.kantana.com.