LONDON — Northern members of Parliament Thursday rebelled over plans to give cartoon characters in “Wallace & Gromit” Southern accents.
Creators of the clay pair faced fury over moves to ditch their Yorkshire tones to teach foreigners “proper” English.
The 15 furious Labour MPs from north of Watford slammed the plan in a Commons motion, saying it was an “insult to the North” and should be dropped.
Leader Lindsay Hoyle from Chorley, Lancashire, fumed: “To tell people learning English they shouldn’t speak like them is insulting.
“They would never dream of giving Mickey Mouse a Southern accent so why Wallace & Gromit?”
But he admitted he hadn’t seen the special shows with plummy Oxford chat.
Why not Northern accent?
Geordie Stephen MP added: “People from Oxford have as much of an accent as I do. I don’t seen why people abroad should be taught to speak like them instead of me.”
Preston-born “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park has won two Oscars for his Yorkshire pair.
Expressions that will be changed are: “It’s the wrong trousers” to “They are the wrong trousers”; “There goes me knotty pine” to “It’s broken” and “Smashing Gromit” to “Splendid Gromit.”
Filmmakers have decided to keep the catchphrase “Cracking toast Gromit.”
Bristol-based Aardman Animations, dubbing the films last week, insisted the accents had not been changed — just Northern phrases.