Little Shop (Partially Found Episodes of Animated TV Series; 1991)
|Little Shop title card, featuring "Junior".|
Little Shop was a French-American Television Series that aired on Fox & La Cinq (a defunct French Television Network) in 1991, inspired by the Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors, which was based on the 1960 movie The Little Shop of Horrors (which also got a now-more-famous 1986 remake).
The show was about Seymour Krelborn, an adolescent, self-proclaimed nerd who works in a little flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik. His daughter, Audrey, is the love of Seymour's life, yet she doesn't seem to notice, or even understand his affections. Also there's a bully named Paine Driller who constantly targets Seymour in his bullying. Seymour also has a pet flytrap named Junior. Junior was once a 200 million year old seed until he was found by Seymour in a junk yard. Once he was cared for by Seymour, he sprouted into a Venus Flytrap that raps and talks in hip-hop dialect. Unlike the musical, he's on Seymour's side and also has eyeballs.
The horror elements that were in the musical & movie adaptations were cut, as Little Shop was a children's show.
While the credit for the concept for this adaptation is given to Ellen Levy & Mark Edward Edens, the show was created by Jean Chalopin (best known as the founder of DIC Entertainment & the co-creator of Inspector Gadget), and was produced by animator Tom Tataranowicz (who first did animation for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe).
Little Shop ran for only 13 half-hour episodes until it ended only two months after its premiere in September of 1991.
As of January 16, 2015, only three episodes of the show (the pilot episode, titled "Bad Seed", the 4th Episode "Unfair Science", and the 6th Episode "I Loathe a Parade") are known to be publicly available, due to VHS recordings that were subsequently uploaded to YouTube.
On September 19th, 2015, a YouTube user Joey Bridgehouse uploaded a VHS quality rip of "It's a Wonderful Leaf". The episode is in german with the title changed to "Ein schlimmer Traum" ("A Bad Dream"). The premise is a typical spoof of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful life. Nearly a week afterwards, Youtube user VHS Land of Videos uploaded an incomplete VHS quality rip of "Air Junior", including some of the original commercial breaks. An italian video containing scenes of unsurfaced episodes can be found here.
|1||Bad Seed||FOUND 1 2 3|
|2||Real Men Don't Eat Quiche||Lost|
|3||Back to the Fuchsia||Lost|
|6||I Loathe a Parade||FOUND|
|9||It's a Wonderful Leaf||FOUND (German)|
|10||Tooth or Consequence||Lost|
|11||Walk Like a Nerd||Lost|
|13||Married to the Mush||Lost|