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The Blue Elephant (aka Khan Kluay/2006/Computer Animated Feature/Jim Henson Company Discoveries/Genius DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Episodes: C+

 

 

Thailand has a more diverse cinema than you might expect, from dramas to martial arts to horror films.Kompin Kemgumnrd had worked on CG features like Ice Age and the hand-drawn with CG Atlantis: The Lost Empire in animator capacity, but here he is as full Director in The Blue Elephant (2006) now on DVD with a new English dub by The Weinstein Company and The Jim Henson Company as part of their new partnership.

 

The story here is a familiar one, with the title character creating mischief and also needing a father as his has always been missing.This lite, child-friendly feature has some heart to it and the new voicing by Miranda Cosgrove, Carl Reiner and Martin Short is not bad, but I also though the look and approach had some moments.No, it is not a great feature, but it is not bad.If you donít expect much and have young children, this will be just fine to get.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is soft, has some detail issues because of this format, this transfer, the budget of this feature and possibly because this was meant to be widescreen, but color is consistent and the style is interesting enough.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix does not have a great soundfield, but is nicely recorded, though we wonder if the trouble has to do with the soundfield being affected by any chopping of the widescreen frame.There are no extras.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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