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Based off of the popular movie and stage show, Little Shop of Horrors, Little Shop was a short-lived cartoon on the Fox Kids block in 1991. It features Seymour and Audrey as 13 year old kids in the present day. Additionally, Audrey II goes by the original name it got in the original Roger Corman movie, originated from a fossilized seed rather than from crossbreeding or outer space, and of course, it doesn't eat blood.


This show provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In a recursive example, Audrey gets to be brunette again.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In this continuity, Audrey is Mr. Mushnik's daughter, making her Audrey Mushnik instead of Audrey Fulquard.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Rather than being a hybrid created by Seymour (like in the original movie) or an extraterrestrial (like in the musical and its adaptation), Junior is a prehistoric species.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Junior, though not the most polite individual around, is generally benevolent unlike their film counterpart. They're only known to have eaten one person, and that was to protect Seymour.
  • Animated Adaptation: It's an animated series based off a live-action movie.
  • Big Eater: Junior chomps up just about anything, even the title screen.
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: The bully Paine Driller.
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  • Butt-Monkey: It seems that Seymour can't go one episode without being tormented by Paine Driller.
  • Decomposite Character: This show splits Orin into Dr. Driller and his son Paine.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Seymour not only eats things like pizza and hamburgers, he occasionally munches on such random things as golf balls and carpentry tools.
  • Hero Worship: Seymour was fond of a man named Dr. Appalling and made a homemade version of his invention that turns people into plants. Appalling turns out to be a Mad Scientist whose invention turns people into their teeth, and ends up turned into a hydrangea by Junior.
  • High-School A.U.: The young adult characters from the original film have been aged down to be school students.
  • Informed Attribute: Junior claims that he likes to eat people, as in the previous incarnations, but is generally shown eating regular food, such as pizza and sandwiches.
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  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Subverted: Everyone in Seymour's life is better off in the world where he was never born.
  • Lighter and Softer: The original story is sci-fi horror about a man-eating plant that ends with all of the main characters dying. This story is much more lighthearted, mostly because the plant doesn't eat people. Even the title reflects this, cutting the "of Horrors" from the title.
  • Meaningful Name: Paine Driller is a bully.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Burson Fouch, the flower-eating guy from the original film, makes at least one cameo.
    • Junior has a mind control power similar to that of the original film, albeit absent from the musical.
    • A Jack Nicholson caricature shows up in an episode or two, to reflect Jack's small role in the original Roger Corman movie.
  • Oblivious to Love: Audrey has no idea that Seymour likes her.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: Played with in the opening of the first episode. Seymour has "spent thirteen years trying to be a nerd". What is he missing? "Brains."
  • Related in the Adaptation: This show's versions of Mr. Mushnik and Audrey are father and daughter.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: None of the characters who died in the original (that is, all of them) die in the cartoon.
  • Spinoff Babies: It's an aged-down version of Little Shop of Horrors, though it's downplayed as they're not toddlers, but young teenagers.
  • Theme Tune Rap: The theme song is a rap by Junior.
    "Word, Li'l Shop!"
  • Unusual Euphemism: Junior frequently uses various plant-related swearing substitutes such as "Compost!" and "Mulch!"