The Peppa Effect: U.S. Kids Who Watch Peppa Pig Are Developing Slight British Accents

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Peppa Pig, an innocent cartoon about a little pig and her animal friends, has sparked a surprising amount of controversy around the world. The show was banned in China for promoting so-called "gangster attitudes," while one episode was pulled in Australia for teaching kids not to be afraid of spiders. Now the Evening Standard reports that listening to the characters all day is teaching kids in the U.S. to speak in a slight British accent—but instead of complaining, American parents are loving the cute side effect.

Peppa Pig is produced in the UK, and the main character speaks in a southern British accent and uses Britishisms. Enough young viewers have picked up on Peppa's way of speaking that the phenomenon has been dubbed the "Peppa Effect."

"Yeah I can vouch for the #PeppaEffect in our house," one parent wrote on Twitter. "Tayla absolutely lapses into a slight Brit accent and vocabulary, and uses the word 'straightaway' more than I ever have in my life! … 'Daddy, when we get home do I have to go to bed straightaway?'" Another Twitter user says their 7-year-old son now refers to taking a vacation as going "on holiday" thanks to Peppa Pig.

Any effect the show is having on their kids' language development doesn't seem to concern most parents. Adults who've witnessed the Peppa Effect have even gone so far as to thank Peppa Pig for giving their children the entertaining and adorable habit.

Though Peppa has British origins, her show has been broadcast internationally for years. Peppa Pig is watched in more than 200 countries and worth over $1 billion worldwide.

[h/t Evening Standard]

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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Netflix

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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