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This series stands out from the rest of the teen sleuth cartoons that dominated Saturday morning in the 70's. The focus is primarily on the 10 children of Charlie Chan as they interfere with his cases by trying to solve them. Charlie Chan is in control all of the time and makes the key conclusions in the manner one would expect him to make but as for the children their antics lead them to hilarious encounters with the multiple suspects during undercover work. Often times these acts may hold Charlie back some in solving the case but in their acts they manage to find various clues relevant to the cause. The 10 kids tend to take a lesson from the old JSA/JLA comics where they split up into groups generally age specific. The groups are generally broken up into three. The kids perform many slapstick type routines when pursuing the criminals placing this in the lead in humor. A Few of the kids perform in a band, as was the rage in the day and the viewer is treated to a nice period pop song that still appeals to the modern ear. As for Charlie Chan, he is handled with full respect as to the character and any Chan fan should be glad to experience this wonderful take on the characters.The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan still stands out from other shows of its era and is still featured Prominently on Cartoon Network's Boomerang. Can a DVD release be far behind?
I can recall thinking this show was good at six years old. Having never
seen any of the old Charlie Chan movies, I always believed this concept
to do with the unavailability of an actor, possibly Keye Luke, to portray
Chan's son in a movie, so it was recast and we had number two son. This
cartoon merely sought to carry it all the way to ten kids.
Keye Luke was the connection. Having played Number One Son in the old movies to Warner Olandt as Detective Charlie Chan, he now did the voice of the father. Luke is possibly better known to a later generation as the Ancient One on the seventies show, Kung Fu, with David Carradine as Grasshopper. I would like to think he had fun doing this cartoon.
The Chan Clan was another Scooby Doo clone and this time seemed to have a Partridge Family influence, which I didn't remember. I have seen episodes since on Cartoon Network. Several of the older kids had a band and performed, and very forgettable songs are played. Look for one child to be playing the drums in one scene and another child is playing them in the next scene.
If the show had any thing going for it, it was the kids' stereotypical characters; the smart one, the obese one, the beautiful one, the tomboy one, the bossy one, the stylish one (funny for the seventies), even an Oriental Shaggy one. A turnoff is the adventures and I do recall disliking the pet, Chu-Chu. It was joked in one episode as to if it were a cat or a dog and I didn't like that it was unclear. I think now it was a dog. I had also totally forgotten the Chan van that can change appearance.
Robert Ito, who did the voice of the oldest son, Henry Chan, is perhaps better known for appearing on the seventies show, Quincy, with Jack Klugman, and funnily enough, when the children who did the voices had too thick accents and couldn't be understood and were recast with obviously Anglo children, Jodie Foster, about ten or eleven years old at this time, came in and did the voice of the tomboy.
Not the greatest cartoon. If you can't get enough Scooby Doo in your system, you can check this one out. I remember thinking the beautiful one was like an Oriental version of Daphne Blake in Scooby Doo.
This is one of the more interesting interpretations of the legendary
detective created by Earl Derr Biggers in 1925. For one, it is the only
time an Asian actor had taken on the role (voice of Keye Luke, who
actually played the Number One Son on the big screen). For another, it
follows one of the more popular Hanna-Barbera formulae of the time: a
family or group with a pet (in this case, Chu-Chu, probably a Shih
Tzu). And for yet another, the voices of the 10 children that form the
clan were provided by actors of Asian lineage. (However, Jodie Foster
did provide Anne's voice toward the end of its shamefully short run.)
While not a particularly amazing rendition of the Chan franchise, the
Scooby-Doo-tinged misadventures of the well-meaning and highly
dedicated clan as they try to be worthy of Pop's enduring legacy,
coupled with the nifty transforming vehicle, make for a hilariously
interesting supporting cast. Now, why the animators had to turn around
and make Charlie into an incompetent figurehead when he was portrayed
on the big screen as so much more is very hard to understand.
The theme track is only truly memorable, if at all, for the whispering male voice ("that's the Chan Clan").
I was in my late preteens when I came across repeats (which were new to
me) on Cartoon Network back in the late '90s. I haven't seen every
Hanna-Barbera cartoon ever made, so at the time, I didn't know about
the amount of shows that imitated or ripped off any other. But after
learning more about the less-than-interesting animation
studio/company's track record and history, I know that I must not be
missing much. Therefore, I'm not in any rush to check for the H-B shows
I missed growing up. It's well-known (especially to me now) that Hanna-
Barbera was one of the cheapest cartoon studios that ever existed
(although Cambria Studios is even cheaper from what I read about them,
yet it doesn't seem to get ragged on as much, probably because it had
much less shows but still), as well as the most overrated. As such, I
now decided that it's one of my least favorite animation companies. It
wasn't always like this though. It took some time, but eventually
they'd come around gradually with a few of their productions in the
'80s, especially those that weren't/aren't T.V. series. As a result,
there was more bad stuff than great and I now realize that there are
only a few of its productions I truly like or have as favorites. If
anyone like me has ever wondered why the majority of the founding duo's
shows were so short-lived like I have, the aforementioned about them
should answer your question. They deserved to get dropped as soon as
they did. It also answers my question of why some adults are so against
all cartoons, because of the stereotype that cheap 'toons like this are
the only kind that are capable of being made and that all of them are a
Sorry for the rant but I tend to do that when it comes to my passion and love for great cartoons, and I had to get what was on my mind out in the open. Now about the show. What else can I add that hasn't already been mentioned? I used not to mind this at all, but after noticing the difference in the quality of the animation in this and other, better, higher-quality shows, I've been having second thoughts for some time now. It's just among the same-old, same-old, formulaic routine as all the other crime/mystery-themed, Hanna-Barbera series following the original Scooby Doo series, "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?". As much as it pains me to say and admit it, I must concur with the fact that it isn't on the same level as the Charlie Chan movies, one or a couple of which I have seen and I found them more enjoyable. Although the animated Charlie Chan's kids were always the ones who did most of the sleuthing, at least for once, the writers could've and should've had him contributing to do more of the crime/mystery solving to make thing more intriguing. I want to truly like it and I wish it were much better. But for the facts that I and others pointed out, I find it too indefensible. Sometimes I wonder if it would've been better off if Hanna and Barbera had never founded their own animation studio or created most of their material (unless it was for feature-length films), as most everything by them and their studio is a waste of time, and almost only all kids would genuinely be into all of them, more so than any adults. But then, it probably would've taken longer for made-for-T.V. cartoons to hit the small screens and we probably would've had to wait until some people who were able to make better animation productions arrived on the scene. For better, crime/mystery-theme cartoons, I'd recommend Fillmore!, Sally Bollywood, Famous 5: On The Case, and Sandra, The Fairy Tale Detective, rather than any Hanna-Barbera. You seen one Scooby Doo-like show, you seen them all.
This can be pretty much seen as the end of the line for the teen sleuth cartoon series that pretty much dominated Saturday mornings for much of the late 1960's to early 1970's. Unfortunately, this follows the usual pattern of most of those shows. The kids discover a mystery that is baffling the police and try to solve it themselves. However, the main twist in this series is that the kids are all the children of the famous detective Charlie Chan, who is finally played by an Asian actor, even though it is just the voice of Keye Luke. Of course, Keye Luke played Lee Chan (aka Number 1 Son) in the movie series. However, that is probably the only thing that distinguishes this from the other teen detective series that were on at the same time. Another thing that I didn't like about it was that the kids did all the work while their father who pretty much does nothing during each episode winds up solving the mystery. Also, you know that it is a turkey when this show is pretty much used to try to sell very lame bubble gum rock songs, a la shows like "Josie and the Pussycats" and the second season of "Scooby Doo, Where Are You". Thankfully, this show only lasted one season and it marked the beginning of the end of the teen sleuth comedies.
I only saw these episodes in syndication and it only adds to the theory of how generic some of the animation in Hanna-Barbera cartoons were back in the 1970s. In another "Scooby-Doo" rip-off (even though it was based on Charlie Chan movies), "The Amazing Chan..." always had a mystery to solve where Chan's kids would figure out the mystery and Chan himself would add the finishing touches. But the most generic element of this cartoon (other than the tendency for the characters to pass the same scenery whenever they're running or riding in a car) was to see the kids play in the band. They were always moving the same way while different songs were playing (notice the two kids in the back playing horns and trumpets but you hear none of those instruments, as well as the girl playing the tambourines; same goes for the guy just tapping the drums and the lead singer just moving his/her lips, not matching any of the lyrics). Maybe kids weren't supposed to notice these things, but hey, I did.
Simply a ripoff of Scooby Doo with Charlie Chan and his kids the main
characters,the plot is the same as SD,solving silly crimes but much more
infantile ,a lot of the background music is the same as SD's and there is
the corny pet sidekick too.Also stupid musical interludes just like in SD
and Josie and the Pussycats with the Chan kids in a band.These muscial
interludes are especially annoying, the songs are really bad and the
animators simply play the same animation over and over again when the kids
are performing so they move the same way no matter what song they are
singing ,that grated on me. The kids also have a stupid car that changes at
the push of a button yet ive seen them push the same button over and over
and the car keeps changing into different things,they must have thought the
kids watching were idiots.
And as for the title, its more the kids that do anything then Charlie Chan,he simply wraps things up after the kids do all the work. Oh and dont forget the stereotypical kids ,,pretty girl,tomboy,cute guy,goofy guy,bratty small kids,need i say more. Only Asian voiceover is done by Keye Luke who voices Chan, he also played Chan's number one son in the live action Charlie Chan movies.Evidently the Chinese kids originally hired to do the voiceovers were replaced by american actors since there accents were too thick to understand,a young jodie foster voices the tomboy. Between Funky Phantom and this mess its a tie,stick with Scooby Doo the original series(not the mess they came out with in 2003 or those abysmal movies)
I remember seeing this one a lot, and I always thought that it was just plain stupid. Unlike the excellent films, this cartoon version has Charlie Chan and his family solving crimes committed by moron villains. This is yet another brain-dead Hanna Barbara cartoon. One irritating fact is that I believe that one of the kids would always exclaim "Wham Bam, we're in a jam!", I think it was one of the annoying kids, too. Stay away at all costs, unless you like awful cartoons.
I saw this one quite a few times on Cartoon Network's "Boomerang" previews,
and I must admit: It really sucks. If you've seen any of the great Charlie
Chan movies, you will HATE this cartoon. It stars Charlie Chan (in cartoon
form), who along with his kids (I think there were 10 of them plus a dog I
think. I can't remember.) solved crimes that idiotic villians committed. And
that basically sums it up there.
I got to admit, this has to be one of the WORST Hanna-Barbera cartoons ever, and a slap in the face to Charlie Chan fans everywhere. If you ever see this one by accident, just change the channel. It's a waste of time. 0/10
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