The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
CBS - Premiered 9-9-72

Charlie Chan Charlie Chan was a Chinese detective character (actually in the employ of the Honolulu police department) created by writer Earl Derr Biggers. The character appeared in several books and films, aided by his large family, especially his first and second sons (creatively named Number One Son and Number Two Son, though their given names were Lee and Jimmy). Charlie Chan was a terrible stereotype of Asian characters, with his large family and his readiness to let loose with a Confucius quote at any moment.

For whatever reason, CBS decided to make a cartoon featuring the detective and his ten children (the 'Chan clan,' which included dog Chu Chu) in the early 1970's. The Clan traveled the country in a van which could transform into other sorts of vehicles. Naturally, not to be outdone by Josie and the Pussycats, the Scooby gang or others, the Chan Clan also formed a rock group, and performed their own musical numbers.

Actor Keye Luke - probably best known as Master Po on Kung Fu ("Yes, Grasshopper"), did the voice of Charlie here - as a younger man he had played Number One Son in the Charlie Chan films of the 1940's. He had been born in China in 1904, coming to the United States at an early age; he died in 1991. The second person to voice daughter Anne Chan (the first children's voices were ostensibly done by young Asian actors whose accents were too pronounced to be understandable) was a young actress by the name of Jodie Foster. And now you know... the rest of the story.

Voice talent:
Charlie Chan - Keye Luke
Henry Chan - Bob Ito
Stanley Chan - Steven Wong / Lennie Weinrib
Alan Chan - Brian Tochi
Anne Chan - Leslie Kumamota / Jodie Foster
Flip Chan - Jay Jay Jue / Gene Andrusco
Mimi Chan - Leslie Juwai / Cherylene Lee
Nancy Chan - Debbie Jue / Beverly Kushida
Scooter Chan - Robin Toma / Michael Morgan
Suzie Chan - Virginia Ann Lee / Cherylene Lee
Tom Chan - Michael Takamoto / John Gunn
Chu Chu - Don Messick
Additional voices: Lisa Gerritsen, Hazel Shermit, Janet Waldo, Len Wood

Episodes: Season 1, 1971-72

The Crown Jewel Caper
To Catch a Pitcher
Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?
The Phantom Sea Thief
Eye of the Idol
The Fat Lady Caper
Captain Kidd's Doubloons
The Bronze Idol

Episodes: Season 2, 1972-73

Doubel Trouble
The Great Illusion Caper
The Mummy's Tomb
The Mardi Gras Caper
The Gypsy Caper
The Green Caper
White Elephant
Scotland Yard