Jordan's Ben and Izzy
A new cartoon created to promote tolerance between the East and West is being screened today in New York City. The cartoon, created by a Jordanian media firm and titled Ben and Izzy, will focus on an American child (Ben) and his Arab friend Izzy, both grandsons of archaeologists, who, along with a genie named Yasmine (voice by Lucy Liu), have "Indiana Jones" style adventures while trying to thwart an evil antiques dealer named Clutchford Wells. The cartoon will focus on their cultural differences, but more importantly their ability to work together as a team and find common ground. There does not appear to be an information so far as to whether the show will be picked up by American television or not, though it does feature some voices familiar to American cartoons, such as Kath Soucie and Mark Hamill.