Little Shop (partially lost American-French animated TV series based on horror comedy film; 1991)

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Little Shop title card, featuring "Junior".

Status: Found

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

Premise[edit | edit source]

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 also 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 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.

Staff[edit | edit source]

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).

Availability[edit | edit source]

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.

More recently, during December 2016, three additional episodes (the 2nd episode "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche", the 3rd episode "Back to the Fuchsia" and the 5th episode "Stage Blight") were uploaded by The Little Shop Archive YouTube account. This was followed on January 1, 2017, by the resurfacing of the entirety of "Air Junior" as well as the upload of the 8th episode "Untitled Halloween Story". The remaining episodes were uploaded on January 2, 2017. The only episode yet to be uploaded in English is the 9th episode, "It's a Wonderful Leaf", as the DVD copy given to the The Little Shop Archive YouTube account was damaged. A German copy of this episode was uploaded in its place.

The 9th Episode of Little Shop "It's a Wonderful Leaf" in German.
1 Bad Seed FOUND 1 2 3, Alt, Alt 2
2 Real Men Don't Eat Quiche FOUND
3 Back to the Fuchsia FOUND
4 Unfair Science FOUND
5 Stage Blight FOUND
6 I Loathe a Parade FOUND
7 Air Junior FOUND
8 Untitled Halloween Story FOUND
9 It's a Wonderful Leaf FOUND (German)
10 Tooth or Consequence FOUND
11 Walk Like a Nerd FOUND
12 Pulp Fiction FOUND
13 Married to the Mush FOUND
The 1st Episode of Little Shop "Bad Seed".
Another video of "Bad Seed", plus the 5th Episode of Little Shop "Stage Blight".
The 2nd Episode of Little Shop "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche".
The 3rd Episode of Little Shop "Back to the Fuchsia".
The 4th Episode of Little Shop "Unfair Science".
The 6th Episode of Little Shop, "I Loathe a Parade".
The 7th Episode of Little Shop "Air Junior".
The 8th Episode of Little Shop "Untitled Halloween Story".
Promo for the show showing "Untitled Halloween Story".