Khan Kluay is directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, an animator who had worked on Disney films such as The Lion King, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Tarzan, and Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age. Produced by Kantana Animation, it was the first Thai 3-D animated feature film to be released, and was also the first animated Thai feature to be released since The Adventure of Sudsakorn, a cel-animated film by Payut Ngaokrachang which was released in 1979. Khan Kluay took three years to make and cost 150 million baht (about $3.9 million USD). Khan Kluay was released in Thai cinemas on May 18, 2006. It was the highest-grossing Thai film of 2006, taking in approximately 91 million baht at the box office. An animated television series, The Adventures of Khan Kluay, has been created by Kantana Animation Studio and is broadcast on BBTV Channel 7.