Nathan (vovat) wrote,
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The Case of the Inconsistent Accents


Okay, here's something kind of random that I was thinking of recently. I forget who said it, but I remember seeing the remark that, in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, only Lumiere has a French accent. That seems to be fairly common in Disney films, though. Only a few unsympathetic characters in Aladdin were portrayed as particularly Arabian. And even as far back as Pinocchio, Geppetto had an Italian accent, but the title character didn't. It's weird, when you think about it, because in these movies that take place in foreign countries, they're presumably all speaking in the appropriate language, only we hear it as English to make it easier on everyone. So you'd think the other characters in Beauty and the Beast, being native French speakers (well, except maybe Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts, who were probably originally from England) would also have French accents. So why play this up with one character and ignore it with the others? And I know Disney isn't the only culprit in this respect. It's not like it's a huge deal, but isn't it rather inconsistent? And don't forget that, with Disney especially, villains and highfalutin characters often have to have British accents no matter what the setting.
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