The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
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"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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
From the 1930's to the 1950's there were over 50 B films made about the detective Charlie Chan, based on the books of Earl Biggers. In those films while Chan solved the crime he was accompanied by at least one of his grown children, almost always a son, referred to as #1 son, or #2 or so one who provide plot exposition and comic relief. In the 70's cartoon we have the detective and 10 children, two in early 20's, 4 teens and 4 younger who, when `Pop' gets on a case, have to get involved too.
With so many moving parts in a 22 minute adventure there isn't much room for subtlety and as the 3 groups of kids each settle on one suspect, the guilty party is invariably the one person the kids aren't chasing. But you don't watch this for the mystery. You watch it for the humor of the kids getting into and out of trouble while Charlie solves the crime at the end.
The level of animation is somewhat questionable. Not as good as Scooby Doo had been but the general deterioration you saw in the 70's as the shops had to churn out more stuff. Beyond the lack of the non-human side kick This show stood out for having a `cast' made up of all Asians, a rarity for the time.
In the end is this side splittingly funny or full of great mysteries? No. but it is a wonderful look back to a much simpler time and for people who were kids back then, a great reminder of those days.
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I remember seeing "Charlie Chan and the Amazing Chan Clan" decades ago. This DVD set, containing the entire 16-episode cartoon series by Hanna-Barbara, bridges the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rush Glick
OK although sitting through episode after episode could be too much of a good thing so would have preferred the original format when it was aired ie with other cartoons sandwiched... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Chiang
Really enjoyed this show again. I remember seeing it as a kid and loved it. I still do enjoy the music they played although I don't see any credits who the band that was playing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Raven Shaddock
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