An American movie takes place in a foreign land. Just to prove it to you, all the adults have an appropriate accent (or at least [[JustAStupidAccent some kind of accent]]). Then a kid shows up speaking fluent [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents American English]], and unless the kid is a stellar actor, this can poke a hole in SuspensionOfDisbelief.

This actually has a fairly logical explanation. The vast majority of UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}'s movies are filmed in [[CaptainObvious California]], and there are a number of laws involving child actors all around the world. Finding a kid who lives in or near UsefulNotes/LosAngeles just makes the situation a lot less complicated. And due to Hollywood's gravity, this effect bleeds into animation and video games as well.

TruthInTelevision if the family has immigrated to the States; children's speech patterns aren't fully set until age 12 or so, anyone younger than that can learn a new language without an accent and/or pick up the local accent within a language with sufficient immersion. Even afterwards, a few lucky people can adapt their accents; some people have arrived in the US as late as 18 or 20 and managed to learn to speak English with flawless American accents.


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* ''Disney/RobinHood'': Most of the adults have British accents, but all the kids have American ones.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', ''every single member'' of the parents' generation speaks with a Scottish accent. ''Every single member'' of Hiccup's speaks with an American one.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'': The Mousekewitz family starts off in Russia, and while Mama and Papa have extremely thick Russian accents, Fievel and Tanya have American ones ''before'' they move to America.
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Geppetto (Christian Rub) has a foreign accent but Pinocchio (Dickie Jones) has a Midwestern American accent. Then again, Pinocchio was brought to life by a fairy of no terrestrial nationality.
* Disney has also inverted this trope, however. In ''Disney/PeterPan'', the Darling kids are practically the only characters with British accents. The same is true with Alice in ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', though to a lesser extent. Some Wonderland characters sound English, but the most prominent ones sound American. (Incidentally, Alice and Wendy were voiced by the same British child actress, Kathryn Beaumont.)
* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', Duchess sounds Eastern European (voice actress Eva Gabor was Hungarian), while the kittens Toulouse and Berlioz sound American and Marie with has a mid-atlanic/British accent, despite being natives of Paris, France.
* Simba in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', in sharp contrast to his parents (although [[Creator/JamesEarlJones Mufasa]] has more of a "Mid-Atlantic" accent than a non-American one, and Sarabi's accent wobbles between American and Madge Sinclair's native Jamaican). Scar, his uncle, however, sounds [[EvilBrit British]].
* The titular ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is voiced by American Auli'i Cravalho, while many of the adults are played by actors from Australia or New Zealand. However, all of the lead actors are of Pacific Islander descent.
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the enchanted objects uniformly have British or French accents (the story is set in France). The only exception is Chip, who speaks with an American accent despite his mother, Mrs. Potts, having the quintessential English matron's voice, Creator/AngelaLansbury. The live-action remake amended this.

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* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'': Everyone has a British accent, except the youngest kids in the von Trapp family.
* Both film adaptations of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' go with a WhereTheHellIsSpringfield approach to the location of Charlie Bucket's home and Wonka's Factory, and this trope winds up being invoked in one version and inverted in another. In the 1971 film ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', which was shot in Munich, Charlie and his family are amongst the only people in town with American accents — while in the 2005 version ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', they're amongst the only ones with ''British'' accents.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': Everybody's American, but the one kid sounds British, and the film was made in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom. Justified, since she's unrelated to any of the adults that appear on-screen; the extended edition DVD shows Newt's family, and they all have mild British accents. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: The [[DVDBonusContent DVD interviews]] note that the actress's natural English accent is noticeable in some scenes (such as "There's a short-cut across the roof") but it was [[ThrowItIn kept in the finished film]].
* Also inverted in ''Film/SupermanII'', which was largely filmed in the UK. The few child characters who appear all have British accents, which is more glaring than usual because one is a kid from a hick town and the other two are a pair of streetwise black kids.
* In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', John Hammond is Scottish while his grandchildren are American. However, his company is apparently U.S.-based, so it's easy to imagine Lex and Tim were raised in America. But then in ''The Lost World'', American actor Arliss Howard plays Hammond's adult nephew with an English accent...
** In the novel, Hammond is not specified to have any foreign accent, nor is he said to be foreign, period. Whereas Malcolm is subtly implied to be British; when he introduces himself, he says, "I do maths." Americans would more likely say "math." Perhaps the filmmakers picked up on this and inverted the apparent accents...
* This is inverted in ''Literature/TheKiteRunner'', which takes place partially in Afghanistan. The child actors were Afghan, but the adult cast was composed of Iranian, British and French actors. In fact, many of them had to learn Farsi for the part.

* In the ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheLamp'' series, the Gaunt twins' mother, Layla, is British by birth, but the novel makes no mention of her having an accent. On the other hand, her brother Nimrod is easily recognizable as a [[IAmVeryBritish posh]] [[TheQueensEnglish Englishman,]] particularly in comparison to his [[OopNorth dour manservant Groanin.]]

* Inverted with ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': The American series was set in Pittsburgh, but filmed in Canada -- the kid has a Canadian accent.
* Similary inverted in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', in which all the adults have American accents, but flashbacks of the Red and Gold Rangers have them as kids with New Zealand accents.
* A minor example from ''Series/{{Lost}}'': (Scottish) Desmond and (English) Penny's son, in one of his few lines, says "Mommy" instead of the British "Mummy". They're filming in Hawaii and can't exactly get a British 3-year old, so it gets a pass.
* Series/{{Angel}}'s son, Connor, was born in America but abducted when he was just a few weeks old. Connor grew up in a "Hell Dimension" with his only human contact being his "father"/abductee, who had an English accent. Connor's accent is, of course, American.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Rumpelstiltskin has a Scottish accent, his wife has an English accent, and their son Baelfire has an American accent. It's not so apparent since the kingdom is shown to have accents from all over the globe.
* A variant in ‘’Series/ShortlandStreet’’: The [=McKay=] parents are both Australian, but their teenage kids (who immigrated with them) are Kiwi.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Skyrim}}'', the majority of adult {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs are Nords, and possess varying degrees of Scandinavian accents. All of the children in the game are also Nords, but not a single one speaks with any accent other than American.

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a good example: None of the main, 12- to 16-year-old actors have non-American accents, but plenty of adults do: Iroh, played by {{Creator/Mako}}, has a Japanese accent, as does the warden from the episode "Imprisoned", played by Creator/GeorgeTakei. James Hong plays the mayor of Chin in season two, which also introduces the Foggy Swamp Water Tribe, whose members sound as if they hail from the DeepSouth. This is probably a TranslationConvention, as they all write in traditional calligraphy.
** On the other hand, Sokka & Katara's, Toph's, and Zuko's parents all have American accents. Worth noting, however, is that Aang's ParentalSubstitute Gyatso has a Japanese accent.
** It's also worth noting that with a larger talent pool of adult actors the show is far more likely to cast Asians for the adult roles, even if they have American accents, like Creator/DanielDaeKim as general Fong or George Takei as the warden.
* Intentionally done in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. The elderly Hudson has a thick Scottish Accent while the rest of the clan range from American Accents to neutral. This was done to highlight the generational differences and acceptances each had of the modern world. As the series progressed, more Clans living in Modern Times would be discovered (Specifically the English, Japanese, and Guatemalan clans) spoke in region appropriate accents. An explanation of the Avalon Clan (who all grew up with Scottish or English accented characters yet still spoke with an American accent) was never given.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': Both Jackie and Uncle have been living in America for years, but retain noticeable Chinese accents. Jade is fresh out of Hong Kong, but sounds like she grew up in Los Angeles.
* Some of the younger locomotives in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' were given American accents in the later episodes, while some of the older locomotives were given British accents.
** Averted with the humans however, where both the children and the adults in that case all have British accents.
** [[WildMassGuessing The newer engines were imported from America (or Canada) after the British locomotive industry went under?]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', Lu and Og sound American compared to the adults' British accents. Subverted with Mike, who ''is'' American.