With the success of Scooby-Doo, the forumula of mystery solving teens with comedic pet was repeated endlessly on Saturday mornings (see a previous post: Those Meddling Kids!). With the success of The Archies and their number one hit "Sugar, Sugar", the formula of the teen pop band was also recycled ad nauseum in Hanna Barbera Saturday morning offerings.
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan combined both elements: The Chan kids solved mysteries with the help of their loveable dog (voiced by the same guy that voiced Scooby Doo!) and were in a pop group with music sung by Ron Dante (the guy that sang The Archies songs!) and supervised by Don Kirshner (the guy that supervised The Archies... and The Monkees!).
When the show was initially dubbed, it was determined that the Chinese accents were too thick and us 70's kids would be confused. Subsequently, all the original Chinese voice actors were ditched, and were replaced by more Anglo voices.... including Jodie Foster as Anne Chan!
That's Anne Chan below in the baseball cap. She's a tomboy. Her sister, Suzie Chan is the hot one. Sort of a Velma - Daphne thing going on.
Stanley Chan is the guy in the greenish shirt on the left (in the image below) who always said, "Wam Bam, We're in a Jam!". He was voiced by Lenny Weinrib - the same guy that played H. R. Puffinstuf and did the voice of that miserable piece of shit, Scrappy Doo.
Complete episodes of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan are actually available to watch for free on Veoh.... I don't imagine many of you would want to sit and watch a whole episode, but at least check out the show's unique intro.
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