Chinese-American supersleuth Charlie Chan made his cartoon transition with his customary grace, only this time he brought along the clan. Maintaining Hanna-Barbera's winning formula (kids, mysteries, canine, van), the hit kid show also introduced some innovations (the van transforms, a double-sized team, HOWdunnits not whodunits). Most significant among these is the casting of the amazing Keye Luke (Kato, Master Po) as the voice of Charlie Chan. Not only was this the first time that an Asian-American would play Charlie Chan, it marked an apropos "graduation" for Mr. Luke, the original "Number One Son" Lee Chan of the classic Warner Oland Chan mysteries. Among those joining Mr. Luke on voice duties are Jodie Foster (Anne Chan), Lennie Weinrib (Stanley Chan) and Don Messick (Chu-Chu) in this complete 16-episode, two-disc collection. The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan - "e pluribus unum" and how!
The Warner Archive program's Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection has a new entry this morning, June 19th
, with thier MOD (manufacture on demand) release of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan - The Complete Series
on DVD! This 2-disc set with all 16 episodes runs 344 minutes, and is priced at $29.96 SRP. It's currently only available at the WBshop online store (see button link below) for U.S. customers, but should be available in the near future from Amazon's CreateSpace MOD program as well, for fans around the world to purchase. Here's the package art: