Trivia: Little Shop of Horrors

1986 movie

  • Adaptation Sequence: Movie > Stage musical > Movie of musical > (Extremely) short-lived Saturday morning cartoon show.
  • Development Gag: As he explains in a documentary about his life and music, Alan Menken's father and many of the other men in his family are dentists — something which he also began to study for but gave up in order to pursue music instead. No doubt he and Howard Ashman had fun writing the dentist's song!
  • Executive Meddling: The original ending was faithful to the stage musical, with the classic Greek Tragedy arc: Seymour kills his enemy, kills his father-figure, kills his love, then kills himself, and then gigantic Audrey II's go on a Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever rampage and take over the world. After preview audiences lambasted this ending for being "too disturbing", Howard Ashman wrote a happier one.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, John Candy, and James Belushi, who replaced Paul Dooley when the film was recut.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Audrey II is played by Levi Stubbs, better known to some as Mother Brain from Captain N: The Game Master and to others as lead singer of Motown band The Four Tops. The narrator is Stan Jones (Scourge from The Transformers).
  • The Other Darrin: One member of the Greek Chorus wasn't available to shoot the studio-mandated happy ending, so the camera pans down before the third girl's face is seen.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The film of the stage musical of the film.