We have received some questions regarding Doolittle’s voice in GA adaptations. I am so happy to bring you a little bit of Georgia history today. Doolittle is a Gullah.
The Gullah are African Americans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia, which includes both the coastal plain and the Beaufort Sea Islands.
The Gullah are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African-American community in the United States. They speak an English-based creole language containing many African loanwords and significant influences from African languages in grammar and sentence structure; Gullah storytelling, cuisine, music, folk beliefs, crafts, farming and fishing traditions, all exhibit strong influences from West and Central African cultures.Gullah Culture
That’s why in the narrative it is stated that he has a “Coastal Georgia” accent and the accent is described as soft but specific. Gullah is one of the coastal Georgia accents.
Doolittle is voiced by a Black man extensively familiar with the Gullah heritage. He wrote a paper on it. It is our privilege to help preserve a tiny bit of this culture through this audio adaptation. It is so rare to get a chance like that.
And now you too know an interesting slice of Georgia’s history. The next time you see someone be like, “Why does he sound like that?” you can be like, “Have you heard about the Gullah people? Here is where you can find more about their traditions.”
My mission is done.
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