Cartoons from the Middle East

March 23, 2011

YouTube Trends recently added seven countries from the Middle East and Northern Africa to our Trends Dashboard, so you can now view the Most Shared and Most Viewed videos in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.

In Jordan, some of the most popular videos this week come from Kharabeesh Cartoons, a company based in Jordan where it is the second most-subscribed YouTube partner. Kharabeesh produces slick cut-out-style political cartoons, including this one featuring Hosni Mubarak.

As you can see in the chart above, Kharabeesh's rise in popularity has really taken place in the last few months. They're most viewed video is a spoof-speech by Muammar Gaddafi, which was posted February 23rd and has picked up over 800,000 views. Other popular clips include "Mubarak is High" and "Gaddafi in Arabs' Got Talent." To date, the animation firm's videos have been viewed nearly 5 million times.

The videos, all of which are subtitled in English, provide an interesting glimpse into how comedians and animators are reacting to the incredible events in the region over the past few months.

See more of what's popular around the world and, now, across the Middle East with our Trends Dashboard.