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Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, The

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Original Air Date:
1972
Channel:
CBS
Prod. Co.:
Hanna Barbera
Genre:
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Characters & Voices
Charlie - Keye Luke
Henry - Bob Ito
Stanley - Stephen Wong, Lenny Weinrib
Suzie - Virginia Ann Lee, Cherylene Lee
Alan - Brian Tochi
Anne - Leslie Kummamota, Jodie Foster
Tom - Michael Takamoto, John Gunn
Flip - Jay Jay Jue, Gene Andrusco
Nancy - Beverly Kushida
Mimi - Leslie Juwai, Cherylene Lee
Scooter - Robin Tomm, Michael Morgan
Chu Chu - Don Messick
 
This, the second television incarnation of Charlie Chan, was in animated form, produced by Hanna Barbera, and shown on Saturdays its first season. The clever detective was back solving mysteries in this version, and was “assisted” by the Chan Clan, a group consisting of Charlie’s ten children and the family dog Chu Chu. Henry and Stanley were Charlie’s eldest, and therefore the leaders of each mystery/search, which took place in a different American locale every week.

The Clan tooled around in a van which could change into various vehicles, depending on what was needed for camouflage. The family also performed as a rock group, sans Charlie of course; he was always more of a solo artist. The well-intentioned Clan would try to help solve the mysteries, usually doing more harm than good; Charlie would then bail them out at the end of the show by clearing up everything.

The voice of Charlie was provided by Keye Luke, who portrayed Number One son in the Charlie Chan movies of the 40's. Except for Henry and Alan, the children’s voices were almost immediately recast, as their dialects were deemed too thick to be understood by Western audiences. In an intersting footnote, future Oscar winner Jodie Foster was one of the actresses brought in to replace the original voice talents.

The second season of the show consisted of repeats, and aired on Sundays.
 
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