The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

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The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
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Network CBS
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Original release September 9December 30, 1972
Starring Keye Luke
Robert Ito
Lennie Weinrib
Cherylene Lee
Brian Tochi
Jodie Foster
John Gunn
Gene Andrusco
Beverly Kushida
Michael Morgan
Don Messick
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) Dennis Marks
Director(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan is an American animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in 1972, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season. It was loosely based on the fictional stories of book and film character Charlie Chan, who first appeared in the 1925 novel The House Without a Key, written by Earl Derr Biggers.

Legendary Chinese sleuth Charlie Chan travels with the ten musical-gifted kids of various ages, called the Chan Clan, around the world in the Chan Van. Although Charlie leaves them out of his dangerous investigations, they always manage to solve the case themselves and catch the bad guy.

The entire series has been released on DVD.




Although the character of Charlie Chan has aroused controversy over the years through its Chinese stereotypes—and featured mostly white actors playing an Asian role—the cartoon's incarnation of him was different in that Keye Luke was the first actor of Chinese descent to voice the character. Luke himself was already a veteran of the Charlie Chan franchise, having played "Number One Son" Lee Chan to Warner Oland's version of the lead character in the 1930s and 1940s.

The series originally had an all-Asian-American voice cast, but the characters (except Henry and Alan) were recast because it was determined that their accents were "too thick" to understand. Some of the new cast members were still Asian, but others were white, such as Jodie Foster as Anne Chan. When the new cast was assembled, the earlier episodes were redubbed.


The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin, who was credited as musical director, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.


Title Original air date
1x01 September 9, 1972
1x02 September 16, 1972
1x03 September 30, 1972
1x04 September 30, 1972
1x05 October 7, 1972
1x06 October 14, 1972
1x07 October 21, 1972
1x08 October 28, 1972
1x09 November 4, 1972
1x10 November 11, 1972
1x11 November 18, 1972
1x12 November 25, 1972
1x13 December 2, 1972
1x14 December 9, 1972
1x15 December 16, 1972
1x16 December 30, 1972



Title Number Original air date
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Shoyu Weenie"* 1 July 21, 2002
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