Saturday, January 5, 2008

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang We Love You!

I was chatting with my family today about people's accents in various movies. We came up with a number of movies that had accent discrepancies. In Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, everybody has a English accent except for Kevin Costner. No wonder the Sheriff of Nottingham hated him so much. He thought he was American. That confused him, because America didn't exist back then, and it filled him with hatred. And why does Maid Marian hang out with a giant hen all the time? Oh wait, that was a different movie.

In The Hunt For Red October, Sean Connery plays a Russian submarine captain, but he has a Scottish accent. Strange.

The one that bugs me the most for some reason is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The movie takes place in England, and Dick Van Dyke plays the lead character. For some weird reason he does not have an English accent! Yet his kids and his father in the film do. We know he can do an English accent. This movie was made just a few years after Mary Poppins. Maybe his accent was copyrighted by Disney, and this movie wasn't made by Disney. Hmm, It's a mystery. This looks like a job for Dr. Mark Sloan! (if you get that reference, congratulations)


chan said...

You are hilarious! David and I just read a few of your posts. I am excited to read more! I have had a blog for over a year now. Sadly, it's the only way I keep in touch with some of my friends!:)

DeusExMachina said...

I just read this and it made me laugh to myself. As soon as you said "accent discrepancies" I instantly thought 'Sean Connery' mainly the Untouchables but also when I read Red October I thought you'd hit the nail on the head! And you score an Extra point for saying Kevin Costner, who just about plays Kevin Costner in every Kevin Costner film!

-scp said...

I watched a move the other day called "The Fountain". A major part of the movie is in spain. It has the Queen of Spain, a Spanish Conquistador, and other characters, and every one of them have british accents.