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My Lucky Elephant (2013)

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In a far away land of jungles and wild animals, there lived a little orphan boy who was all alone in the world. But he knew that no matter how hard life can be, it's always better if you ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
First Khunchan First Khunchan ... Boy Mahout
Thanyarat Praditthaen Thanyarat Praditthaen ... Oh (as Tanyarat Pradittan)
Charlie Sungkawess Charlie Sungkawess ... Charlie S
Wallop Terathong Wallop Terathong ... Painting Instructor (as Wallop Thearathong)
Georges Levillain Georges Levillain ... Jean Jaque
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine Baggaley Josephine Baggaley ... Gossipy Tourist 2
Sayan Boonpeng Sayan Boonpeng ... Fork Lift Driver
Nikorn Boonreung Nikorn Boonreung ... Laughing Mahout
Witoon Buadaeng Witoon Buadaeng ... Manager
Rees Chamberlain Rees Chamberlain ... Boy at Show
Wendy Chamberlain Wendy Chamberlain ... Gossipy Tourist 1
Zoe Chamberlain Zoe Chamberlain ... Girl with toy car
Pawin Chantanimi Pawin Chantanimi ... Forest Manager
Panya Chumthongsuk Panya Chumthongsuk ... Worker
Scott Fernandez Scott Fernandez ... Rich American at auction


In a far away land of jungles and wild animals, there lived a little orphan boy who was all alone in the world. But he knew that no matter how hard life can be, it's always better if you can share it with a friend. This is the story of how he found one, an elephant named Lucky. Together they face a changing world, but always manage to triumph. After a series of humorous challenges, they discover the Academy of Art, where elephants learn to paint. And Lucky becomes the star painter, a famous artist and celebrity. Finally, life is good for them, with money and food aplenty. But when Lucky falls in love with another elephant, Candy, and starts his own family, what will the boy do? My Lucky Elephant is an exotic adventure in a magical and beautiful place, and yet it's about what everyone is looking for in life - a true friend, a home, family. Written by PR

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »



USA | Thailand



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26 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barátom az elefántom See more »

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Not a children's movie but magnificently filmed
26 May 2015 | by m2dadSee all my reviews

My Lucky Elephant is the story of an orphan who finds a lost juvenile elephant which has wandered away from the safety of family in the jungles of Thailand. The young boy immediately sees the practical and monetary value in having the elephant and begins to train "Lucky," though unknown whether by instinct or perhaps by having grown up in a village where elephants are regularly used for needed tasks such as hauling firewood. The boy then travels with his barely trained friend to seek work as a means of survival. While able to obtain various jobs and earn money to feed himself and "Lucky," most of the jobs the young boy finds are temporary and seasonal. I was surprised when I saw that this film had not any reviews yet here on IMDb. Perhaps, that is because the movie is a bit more complex than it first appears. Perhaps, it is because it is hard to decide what demographic group this film targeted. One would assume by the name that it is a children's movie. It is not, though, there are parts that will certainly appeal to youngsters. Yet, it isn't an adult film either, though there are adult themes included in the film. There are scenes which certainly would be disturbing to youngsters and adolescents. My guess is that the writer and film maker envisioned this to be a family film. Not sure I could recommend it as such, as again, there are scenes which could be a bit disturbing, but are scenes which are certainly not in the same league as a multitude of violent Hollywood film offerings. I will say that this film was beautifully photographed. The scenery is magnificent, and every part of the human/elephant interaction seems real and authentic. The film seemed very real to me and perhaps that is what was most unsettling to me. There are underlying themes which can take the movie to dark places as our young hero tries to survive in an adult world. Perhaps, when viewing the film a youngster might take away that the world is cold and one is unwanted unless something can be offered to others. Otherwise expect to ignored, or let starve. Maybe I am over analyzing this and being a bit harsh. But, I can say assert there are many positives that can be taken away from this film. One can learn to view the world from the perspective of another person and culture. One can be inspired to make ones way in a world where there are unlimited possibilities and only requires creativity to find a niche. And, the most valuable lesson taught as I see it- family should not be limited to just those for which we are biologically or legally tied.

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