Little Shop (partially lost animated TV series; 1991)

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Little Shop title card, featuring "Junior".

Status: Partially Lost

Little Shop was a French-American Television Series that aired on Fox and La Cinq (a now-defunct French television network) in 1991, inspired by the 1982 off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors (and it's 1986 film musical adaptation of the same name) as well as the original 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors.

Premise

The show was about Seymour Krelborn, an adolescent, a 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 has a pet flytrap named Junior. Junior was once a 200 million-year-old seed until he was found by Seymour in a junkyard. Once he was cared for by Seymour, he sprouted into a Venus Flytrap that raps and talks in hip-hop dialect. Unlike the films and the musical, where Junior (there named "Audrey II") is an antagonist who forces Seymour to commit murders to satisfy his hunger for human blood, the TV series depicts Junior as a protagonist who sides with Seymour.

The horror elements that were in the previous musical and films were cut, in favor of a more child-friendly tone.

Staff

While the credit for the concept for this adaptation is given to Ellen Levy and Mark Edward Edens, the show was created by Jean Chalopin (best known as the founder of DIC Entertainment and 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) and producer Haim Saban (who would later go on to create Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). The music for the series was written by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy.

The series stars Jana Lexxa as Seymour Krelborn, Jennie Kwan as Audrey Mushnik, Michael Rawl as Mr. Mushnik, Terry McGee as Audrey Junior, and Mark Ryan-Martin as Paine Driller. Lisa Paulette is credited as Seymour's singing voice.

Roger Corman, the writer, and director of the original 1960 film is also credited as a creative consultant for the series.

Availability

Little Shop first ran for only 13 half-hour episodes, from September 7 to November 30, 1991. It was rerun until September 5, 1992. It was later on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) as part of Cartoon Quest and The Animation Station block until 1997.

In January of 2015, only three episodes of the show (the pilot episode, titled "Bad Seed", the fourth episode "Unfair Science", and the sixth episode "I Loathe a Parade") were known to be publicly available, due to VHS recordings that were subsequently uploaded to YouTube.

The ninth episode of Little Shop, "It's a Wonderful Leaf," in German.


On September 19th, 2015, YouTube user Joey Bridgehouse uploaded a VHS quality rip of the German dub of episode nine, "It's a Wonderful Leaf" (re-titled "Ein Schlimmer Traum," translated into English as "A Bad Dream"). The premise is a typical spoof of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. Nearly a week afterward, the Youtube channel VHS Land of Videos uploaded an incomplete VHS quality rip of "Air Junior", including some of the original commercial breaks. An Italian video can be found here.

More recently, in late-December 2016, three additional episodes (the second episode "Real Men Aren't Made Of Quiche", the third episode "Back to the Fuchsia" and the fifth episode "Stage Blight") were uploaded by The Little Shop Archive YouTube account. This was closely followed on January 1, 2017, by the entirety of "Air Junior" and the eighth episode "Untitled Halloween Story". The remaining episodes were uploaded on January 2, 2017. The only episode not uploaded was the English version of "It's a Wonderful Leaf", as the DVD copy given to The Little Shop Archive YouTube account was damaged. A mirror upload of the German dub of this episode was uploaded in its place.

Episodes

# Episode Title Status Found by
1 Bad Seed FOUND 1 2 3, Alt, Alt 2 Unknown, Wumo, Scuttleman1127
2 Real Men Aren't Made Of Quiche FOUND The Little Shop Archive
3 Back to the Fuchsia FOUND The Little Shop Archive
4 Unfair Science FOUND Comixbear
5 Stage Blight FOUND Wumo
6 I Loathe a Parade FOUND Betamax King
7 Air Junior FOUND The Little Shop Archive
8 Untitled Halloween Story FOUND The Little Shop Archive
9 It's a Wonderful Leaf FOUND (German) Joey Bridgehouse
10 Tooth or Consequences FOUND The Little Shop Archive
11 Walk Like a Nerd FOUND The Little Shop Archive
12 Pulp Fiction FOUND The Little Shop Archive
13 Married to the Mush FOUND The Little Shop Archive

Gallery

Promo for the show showing "Untitled Halloween Story."