The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan title card.
Genre Cartoon series Mystery
Created by Earl Derr Biggers (character)
Written by Dennis Marks
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 9 – December 30, 1972

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (sometimes abbreviated as The Amazing Chan Clan) is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, animated by Eric Porter Studios in Australia and broadcast on CBS from September 9, 1972 to December 30, 1972, with reruns continuing through the summer of 1973. It premiered shortly after what would have been Charlie Chan creator Earl Derr Biggers' 88th birthday. The voice of Mr. Chan, Keye Luke, is to date the only actor of Chinese ancestry to play the title character in any screen adaptation. Previously, Luke had portrayed "Number One Son" Lee Chan, opposite Warner Oland, Sidney Toler and Roland Winters in the long-running Charlie Chan film series of the 1930s and 1940s by 20th Century Fox and later, Monogram Pictures.


In this series, Mr. Chan (whose first name is never given, except in one episode title), his children and their dog Chu Chu solve mysteries around the city, with the children helping their father in every episode (or at least trying to). They traveled in a van which could be transformed into other vehicles (much like Hong Kong Phooey's Phooeymobile, courtesy of Chan's fourth son, Alan, a mechanical genius) 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. Vocals for the group were provided by former Archies lead singer Ron Dante, with music supervision by Don Kirshner (who had supervised the music for The Archie Show).

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. Prolific voice actor Keye Luke – who played Charlie's Number One Son in many of the Charlie Chan movie serials of the 1930s and 1940s – provided the voice for Mr. (Charlie) Chan, thus making him the first actor of Chinese ancestry to take the role; also thanks to Luke, Charlie now spoke whole sentences (as opposed to the original film series, in which he tended to omit prepositions, articles, pronouns, et al.).

Prolific voice actor Don Messick, the voice of Scooby-Doo and many other HB characters, provided the voice of the Chan family dog, Chu Chu. Gene Andrusco, who provided the (redubbed) voice of "Flip," went on to be a successful record producer and musician fronting the band Adam Again. Jodie Foster, who provided the (redubbed) voice of Anne, went on to become an Oscar-winning actress, director, producer (The Accused, Little Man Tate, Silence of The Lambs, et al.). Sixteen episodes were made in all. The show lasted for one season (and was then rerun for a second season) in 1972 on CBS, and is today often rerun on Cartoon Network's sister network, Boomerang. In the original novels by Earl Derr Biggers, Charlie Chan was a widower who worked for the Honolulu police department and had 10 children. No mothers, fathers or in-laws appeared or were mentioned in the Chan Clan series.

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio. The track is muted on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Cast of characters


No. Title Original air date Production
1"The Crown Jewel Caper"September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)ACC-1

The Crown Jewels have disappeared from their case.

Villain: The Curator
2"To Catch a Pitcher"September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)ACC-2

A famous pitcher is missing and feared kidnapped.

Villains: Mr. Flynn, the secretary and two thugs
3"Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?"September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)ACC-3
The Chan Clan must find the impostor who is framing Mr. Chan for the hotel robberies.
4"The Phantom Sea Thief"September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)ACC-4
A mysterious thief steals a painting during the Chan Clan's performance aboard a cruise ship.
5"Eye of the Idol"October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)ACC-5
A thief uses a smoke bomb to distract the Chan Clan and everyone in the room while he steals a jeweled idol's eye.
6"Fat Lady Caper"October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)ACC-6
Dimples the fat lady seems to disappear when a bank robber is on the loose.
7"Captain Kidd's Doubloons"October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)ACC-7
The Chan Clan must solve the theft of the doubloons.
8"Bronze Idol"October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)ACC-8
A con artist uses an idol statue to trick the villagers into giving it more pearls.
9"Double Trouble"November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)ACC-9
Prince Hareem, who plans to be in an auto race, is kidnapped and replaced with an impostor.
10"The Great Illusion Caper"November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)ACC-10
A magician's dog has been stolen, and the Chans must help find her.
11"The Mummy's Tomb"November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)ACC-11
A golden coffin of a famous pharaoh is stolen.
12"The Mardi Gras Caper"November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)ACC-12
A valuable ring is stolen while the Chan Clan is in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
13"The Gypsy Caper"December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)ACC-13
A mural has been stolen. While on the case, Stanley accidentally makes Henry swallow a clock.
14"The Greek Caper"December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)ACC-14
A statue of the winged goddess Athena is stolen and replaced by a plaster copy. Mr. Chan enlists Alan's help to find it.
15"White Elephant"December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16)ACC-15
The Maharaja's white elephant Sing Ha disappears from the elephant enclosure when they are feeding it, and is feared stolen.
16"Scotland Yard"December 30, 1972 (1972-12-30)ACC-16
A priceless stone called the Stone of Scone is stolen and the Chan Clan must help get it back.

Voice cast

Original voice cast

Re-dubbed voice cast


Don Kirshner produced the songs for the show as he did for The Monkees and The Archie Show. Singer Ron Dante supplies the singing voice of Stanley as he did for Archie on The Archie Show.

Comic book

At about the same time that the show came out, Gold Key Comics produced a comic book series based on the program, with artwork by Warren Tufts; it only lasted four issues. The first issue (an adaptation of the first episode) was written by Mark Evanier and was "the first comic book script of mine to make it to print in English".[1]

Other media

Home media releases

On June 19, 2012, Warner Archive released The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and[2] It was made available on starting July 19, for international customers.[3]


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