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The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

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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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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BSM18M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 17 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on January 24, 2013
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Churned out as one of the Hanna Barberra `meddling kid' detective shows of the early 70's that was such a part of Saturday morning cartoons, "The Amazing Chan and the Chan clan" was a radical step away from the shops that produced "Scooby Doo.' While most of these cartoon shows had a bunch of teens and some sort of `other ` companion-a Great Dane, a talking car, a Ghost, all the participants here were human.

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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