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The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (sometimes abbreviated as The Amazing Chan Clan) is an American animated television 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 and in syndication from 1976 to 1982. The show was loosely based on the Charlie Chan series of mystery novels and films, which began with the 1925 novel The House Without a Key.
Throughout the series, legendary Chinese sleuth Charlie Chan is alternately handicapped and assisted by his brood of ten children and their dog Chu Chu, in the process of solving mysteries and catching wily master criminals. The family travels around the world in the Chan Van, a vehicle built by teenage genius Alan Chan, which can transform itself with the push of a button. As in other Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the period, the kids also have a music group, the Chan Clan, and they perform a song in each episode.
As the voice of the title character, Keye Luke is (to date) the only actor of Chinese ancestry to play the part in any screen adaptation. Luke had previously portrayed "Number One Son" Lee Chan opposite Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, and Roland Winters (all of whose characterizations had relatively limited vocabularies) in the long-running Charlie Chan film series of the 1930s and 1940s by 20th Century Fox and later, Monogram Pictures. Ironically, Lee was never seen or mentioned throughout the cartoon's run.
Early on, it was decided that most of the children's dialects were too thick for American audiences to understand, and all of the characters except Henry and Stanley were recast. Once the new cast was in place, earlier episodes were re-dubbed.
This show aired on the Cartoon Network block Mysteries Inc. on Sunday evenings in the 1990s. After ceasing its run from the network prior to Y2K, it ran on Boomerang during its looping period in the early 2000s. This show hadn’t been broadcast on the channels since.