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The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan


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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BSM18M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,517 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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It's entertaining and fun.
Jackie
As far as the arrival and video quality, as I said, are excellent.
Johnny 0
Fun cartoon show of the 1970's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny 0 on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ShowBizBuff on September 26, 2012
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"The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" might not hold up to current animation - and get a ton of unnecessarily harsh criticism likewise - but for those of us who grew up on Agatha Christie and Sunday afternoons of WGN in Chicago alternately hosting both Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes films ... this is a brilliant stroll down memory lane, complete with the warm fuzzies of a simpler time: childhood.

The basic premise of each episode: venerable Honolulu detective Charlie Chan is called in to investigate some kind of wrongdoing (never murder - this WAS a kid's show) ... and though he tells his ten children to behave and stay out of the case, all of them somehow become involved (often with not-so-great results) before the culprit is unmasked. Everything about the show was simplistic, from the animation to stories to character development - yet it was just such FUN (and funny), watching Chan solve each mystery, sometimes because of (but more often in spite of) his highly inquisitive children.

I hesitated to purchase this DVD at first, knowing that each one was manufactured directly on DVD for each purchase, but several years back I fell in love with the show all over again - thank you, Boomerang! - and though I haven't seen the series since losing the Boomerang station, this seemed my one shot to own the entire series (sadly, only 16 episodes). I'd always loved Keye Luke voicing Chan, thought the various mix of personalities of the kids (one of them - the tomboy - voiced by Jodie Foster when she was still a "kid actor") a lot of fun - so just had to get it.

I'm glad I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny L on July 6, 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Theisen on 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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