Little Shop

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Little Shop
Little Shop Title Card.jpg
Developed by Marvel Productions Ltd.
Saban International N.V.
Concorde / New Horizon Communications
Starring Jana Lexxa
Jennie Kwan
Michael Rawl
Terry McGee
Mark Ryan
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Marvel Productions
Saban International
Fox Children's Productions
Distributor 20th Century Fox Television
BVS Entertainment
Original network FOX
La Cinq
Original release September 7 – November 30, 1991

Little Shop is a 1991 American animated fantasy comedy television series that aired on Saturday mornings on the Fox Kids TV network in 1991, about a teenager and a giant talking plant. Little Shop was based on the 1960 Roger Corman film The Little Shop of Horrors, and Corman was a consultant. The concept of the adaptation is credited to Ellen Levy and Mark Edward Edens, and the series was produced by Tom Tataranowicz. The horror elements in previous versions of the story, in which characters are eaten by the plant, are toned down for children in this series.


Self-proclaimed nerd Seymour Krelborn, an adolescent boy who works in a flower shop, keeps a pet Venus Flytrap named Junior. Junior sprouted from a 200-million year-old seed and has the ability to talk and hypnotize people. Only Seymour is aware of Junior's abilities. The flower shop is owned by stodgy Mr. Mushnik, whose daughter Audrey is the object of Seymour's affections. Audrey, however, does not seem to reciprocate his feelings. Buck-toothed Paine Driller, a neighborhood bully, continuously targets Seymour.

Episodes focused on the pubescent exploits of the leads and frequently featured a moral. They also featured a couple of musical numbers per episode. Consistent with the "urban" persona of the plant in the musical, Audrey Junior raps in the series during his numbers, and speaks in a hip-hop dialect. Also featured are a trio of singing flowers reminiscent of Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon (the three chorus girls in the musical).

Differences between the film and cartoon[edit]

The young and human characters are 13-years-old, and there are musical segments in each episode. Junior is a kind-hearted and helpful plant, rather than a man-eating alien. He hatched from a prehistoric Earth plant that had been dormant for over 200 million years. Although Junior has a voracious appetite, this version of the plant does not feast on human blood but he does eat other types of meat. There was, however, a running gag which involved Junior eating the piano teacher in every episode in which the teacher appeared, and then belching out the teacher's scarf. The plant retained its ability to hypnotize people, as it did in the film, as well as the ability to telekinetically manipulate meat - an ability he dubbed his "vegetable magnetism." Junior sometimes aided Seymour without his knowledge, sometimes by using its hypnotic abilities. However, he did insult Seymour from time to time, like calling him a 'meathead' or 'pest,' and said he'd "rather be talking to a termite."

Brace-faced neighborhood bully Paine Driller replaces the character of Orin Scrivello, the dentist. Audrey, Seymour's love interest, is a bow-wearing brunette who was always thinking about what job she wanted when she grew up. She is the daughter of Mr. Mushnik in this version.


Title Air date
1 "Bad Seed" September 7, 1991 (1991-09-07)
Seymour finds a seed from 200 million years ago and helps it grow into the plant known as Junior. Junior tries to return home but, upon finding he can't, stays with Seymour and helps Mr. Mushnik's flowers grow.
2 "Real Men Aren't Made of Quiche" September 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)
3 "Back to the Fuchsia" September 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)
4 "Unfair Science" September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)
Seymour's science project, which was made by Junior, wins a science fair and attention from Seymour's favorite celebrity. However, this scientist wants to steal Seymour's project and use it for himself.
5 "Stage Blight" October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)
6 "I Loathe a Parade" October 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)
Seymour brings home a female Venus flytrap, which Junior falls in love with.
7 "Air Junior" October 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)
8 "Untitled Halloween Story" October 26, 1991 (1991-10-26)
9 "It's a Wonderful Leaf" November 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)
10 "Tooth or Consequences" November 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
11 "Walk Like a Nerd" November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
12 "Pulp Fiction" November 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)
13 "Married to the Mush" November 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)


Speaking Voices[edit]

Singing Voices[edit]

  • Jana Lexxa as Seymour Krelborn
  • Jennie Kwan as Audrey Mushnik
  • Michael Rawl as Mr. Mushnik
  • Terry McGee as Audrey Junior
  • Mark Ryan as Paine Driller

Additional Voices[edit]



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