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The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
Chan clan
Writer(s) Dennis Marks
Voices of (See article)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Production Information
Producer(s) William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera.
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Color
Chronology

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (sometimes abbreviated as The Amazing Chan Clan) was a series co-produced by Hanna-Barbera and Australia's Eric Porter Studios for CBS in 1972, loosely based on the character of Charlie Chan. Like many other Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the seventies, The Amazing Chan Clan follows a similiar format to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'s.

Premise

In this series, the chinese detective Mr. Chan (whose first name is never given, except in one episode's title), travel around the world along his ten children and their dog Chu Chu (perhaps a Pekinese/Shih-tzu mix?) which helped him solving mysteries (or at least trying to) in each episode.

They traveled in the Chan Van, created by Chan's fourth son, Alan, the mechanical genius of the family, which could be transformed into other vehicles (much like Hong Kong Phooey's Phooeymobile) with the push of a button.

The older children also had their own music group, The Chan Clan; every episode featured a song, either being played over the action or with the characters playing various instruments and performing; in any episode which features the group playing, the same animation sequence is used. Vocals for the group were provided by former Archies lead singer Ron Dante, with music supervision by Don Kirshner.

(It may be safe to suggest that the Mr. Chan character has some similarities in appearence to the Charlie Chan character as portrayed by Warner Oland for Fox Films in the 1930's; witness the episode entitled "Will The Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?")

Voice cast

Most of the voices of the children were recast almost immediately, as it was deemed that their original thick accents would be too confusing for young viewers to understand. With the new cast in place, old episodes were re-dubbed using the new voices.

  • Keye Luke — Mr. Charlie Chan (Luke, incidentally, played Chan's "Number One Son" alongside Warner Oland in several Charlie Chan films for Fox in the 1930's)
  • Robert Ito — Henry Chan
  • Don Messick — Chu Chu the Dog
  • Brian Tochi — Alan Chan

Original voice Cast

  • Debbie Jue — Nancy Chan
  • Jay Jay Jue — Flip Chan
  • Leslie Juwai — Mimi Chan
  • Leslie Kumamota — Anne Chan
  • Virginia Ann Lee — Suzie Chan
  • Michael Takamoto — Tom Chan
  • Robin Toma — Scooter Chan
  • Stephen Wong — Stanley Chan

Re dubbed voice Cast

The Chans

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  • Mr. Charlie ("The Amazing") Chan: Famous detective and widowed or divorced father of ten. Dressed in a blue suit, tie and fedora hat. Often finds whatever case-solving clues his children may have overlooked.
  • Henry Chan: The oldest Chan kid, Henry is usually paired with his younger brother Stanley, and is easily annoyed by Stanley's antics.
  • Stanley Chan: The second oldest, Stanley is a goofball master of disguise. He never takes anything seriously, much to Henry's chargin.
  • Suzie Chan: The pretty girly-girl of the group, resembling Daphne Blake, and oldest mid-teen.
  • Alan Chan: The second oldest mid-teen, and the inventor of the Chan Van.
  • Anne Chan: The third oldest mid-teen and a tomboy. Voiced by Jodie Foster.
  • Tom Chan: The youngest mid-teen, and the most intellectual of the kids. Dresses like a sterotypical nerd.
  • Flip Chan: The oldest preteen, has a bad habit of jumping to conclusions. Is very willing to help his father.
  • Nancy Chan: The second oldest preteen, slightly chunky, and really clumsly.
  • Mimi Chan: The second youngest, and the bossiest, normally to Scooter.
  • Scooter Chan: The youngest, and the most impulsive. Doesn't like taking orders from Mimi.

Episodes

  1. the Crown Jewels Caper
  2. To Catch a Pitcher
  3. Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?
  4. the Phantom Sea Thief
  5. Eye of the Idol
  6. the Fat Lady Caper
  7. Captain Kidd's Dubloons
  8. the Bronze Idol
  9. Double Trouble
  10. the Great Illusion Caper
  11. the Mummy's Tomb
  12. the Mardi Gras Caper
  13. the Gypsy Caper
  14. the Greek Caper
  15. White Elephant
  16. Scotland Yard

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