Tutenstein – The nickname of a 10-year-old Pharaoh named Tut-ankh-en-set-Amun (meaning “The Living Image of the Place of Amun”) featured on the Discovery Kids Channel fantasy cartoon TUTENSTEIN (2003-2008).
For more than three thousand years his body was entombed in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt until it was shipped to the International Museum of History to be placed on permanent display.
Just as Tutenstein arrived at the museum, a bolt of lightning from a storm hit his sarcophagus one night and brought him back to life.
Although dead for centuries, Tutenstein still acts like he is the ruler of the world (Egypt) and expects to be pampered in the manner to which he was once accustomed.
Now alive in the 21th century, Tutenstein lives incognito within the museum walls with:
- Luxor, his faithful (talking) cat servant and adviser who is sworn to protect Tutenstein (“Like my ancestors before me I must stand by my Pharaoh”). Luxor was owned by Cleo Carver, but when Tutenstein arose from the dead, the reincarnation process gave her cat the ability to speak so it could better serve its new master.
- Cleo Carter, a twelve-year-old black girl who tries to keep Tutenstein’s rebirth a secret after she accidentally set in motion his resurrection (she nicknamed him “Tutenstein”)
- Walter, the museum’s nervous security guard
- Professor Horace Bendety, the museum’s pompous archeologist
- Dr. Roxanne Vanderwheele, the professor’s open-minded colleague and Cleo’s mentor.
The only disadvantage of Tutenstein’s rebirth was that it opened up a Gate between the Underworld and the Overworld and the evil of Set, the ancient Egyptian god of chaos and disorder, who has also awoken.
He now covets Tutenstein’s symbol of power, the Royal Scepter of Was. With it, Set plans to conquer the 21st century using a vast legion of demons.
c/o International Museum of World History