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The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972)

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BSM18M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Chinese-American supersleuth Charlie Chan made his cartoon transition with his customary grace, only this time he brought along the clan. Maintaining Hanna-Barbera's winning formula (kids, mysteries, canine, van), the hit kid show also introduced some innovations (the van transforms, a double-sized team, HOWdunnits not whodunits). Most significant among these is the casting of the amazing Keye Luke (Kato, Master Po) as the voice of Charlie Chan. Not only was this the first time that an Asian-American would play Charlie Chan, it marked an apropos "graduation" for Mr. Luke, the original "Number One Son" Lee Chan of the classic Warner Oland Chan mysteries. Among those joining Mr. Luke on voice duties are Jodie Foster (Anne Chan), Lennie Weinrib (Stanley Chan) and Don Messick (Chu-Chu) in this complete 16-episode, two-disc collection. The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan - "e pluribus unum" and how!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wham Bam, We're in a Jam! July 24, 2012
I was a cartoon junkie growing up in the `70s and `80s, and I had a special love for these goofy. Low-budget Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Even with their repetitive nature and shallow plots, to me they were so much better than the half-hour toy commercials of the `80s and their legally imposed "morals" they were required to teach. The Hanna-Barbera cartoons were short on both morals and logic, but they were long on insanity and were way, way more fun.

"The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" is a great example of those hijinks-laden `70s cartoons. A total mish-mash of Charlie Chan, Hong Kong Phooey, and Scooby-Doo, the stories juxtapose pure cartoon logic--a car that turns into a hot dog stand at the touch of a button--with the solid sureness of the capable Charlie Chan. Sixteen episodes were produced in total, all of which are included on this Complete Series set.

The series was groundbreaking when it was released. An all-Asian leading cast is rare even today, some 40 years later. more Keye Luke--who often played Number 1 Son in the Charlie Chan mysteries-- voices Mr. Chan, making him the first actual Chinese person to play the famous character. Luke fought against the stereotypical broken English of the Chan series and gave Mr. Chan a full, educated vocabulary. The Chan Clan was also originally dubbed with an all-Asian cast, but after the first test-showing, however, producers decided that the accents from the Asian voice actors were too thick. The shows were re-dubbed with a mostly Caucasian cast with the exception of Luke.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Chan TV Series April 4, 2014
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The videos arrived before the promised date, which is very good. I enjoyed watching this when it was a Saturday morning Standard. My children looked forward to it also. The quality of the video is excellent. I sat down and watched it. As far as the arrival and video quality, as I said, are excellent. But, like a lot of other series I have ordered, I can only watch so many episodes at one sitting. I've yet to finish viewing the series.
The story lines are good, perhaps a little simple for today's viewing audiences. There is no violence, no compromising situations, no inappropriate language. The animation is theater quality, not the crudely drawn images that are so popular today. Thanks to the production crew for making this type of entertainment available, then, and now.
Would I recommend this for purchase by others. YES! It's good entertainment and safe for children, of all ages, to watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wham Bam!!! It's a Grand Slam!!! July 6, 2013
By Danny L
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It is the most cartoon enjoyment I've ever had in all my years of watching TV. This collections only goes to prove that a family that solves crimes together does stick together. Get this for your #1 son or daughter!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD but Not as good second time around February 22, 2013
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When I was a child and saw these I loved them, but that was 40 years ago. I found that they just didn't resonate with me like they did 40 years ago. I can’t really blame the set for this (Let’s face it I have grown a lot in 40 years – unfortunately most of the growth has been in my body fat LOL..) The Quality is excellent. It contains great voice over work from the likes of Jody Foster and Keye Luke best remembered as Master Po in Kung Fu. Kids who like mysteries will like it. Charlie Chan fans will like, and those of us who saw it back in the 1970’s might like it a second time.
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By Martin
Hanna-Barbera They did it again!
Don't let the style fool you this truly is a detective with a hole lot more..
The basic:Chan is the true detective,His kids helps him to and that gives a lot of hilarieus situations.
The Kids call themselves the ChanClan and the make music that sounds like the beatles/beachboys.
That all together give's a lote of diversety
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big 70's December 26, 2013
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Wake up! It's Saturday morning and the cartoons are on. Hanna Barbera did it again with this crime solving family that keeps you in stiches. Watch Charlie Chan, his children and their pet solve crimes and save the day. The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan is a lot of clean fun to watch and to bring back childhood memories or to watch with your children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love cartoons August 14, 2013
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i have all of the charlie chan movies and the cartoons was funny so many kids and great voices from the past
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cartoon Show July 1, 2013
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Fun cartoon show of the 1970's. Much like The Archies with a bit of The Hardy Boys this is very entertaining. The Chan family is shown as a close knit family. A family friendly show for sure. The songs are well done by the talented Ron Dante.
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