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Junior the plant - A large potted plant with a proclivity to sing rap songs on the animated cartoon LITTLE SHOP/FOX/1991. Junior belonged to a nerdy teenager named Seymour Krelborn who was responsible for feeding the temperamental plant.

 Little Shop's Junior the Plant

The program was inspired by director Roger Corman's low-budget black comedy The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960) written by Charles B. Griffith.

In the movie, Seymour worked in a flower shop in a run down section of New York City where he developed a bloodthirsty, man-eating plant that grew from the size of a tulip bulb to the size of an elephant. The hungry plant was always crying "Feed me!"

In the beginning, Seymour provided the plant (which he called Audrey after his girlfriend) with a few drops of his own blood but when demand outstripped his own supply, Seymour went in search of other sources of food for the plant. First he found an old drunk who was accidentally killed on the railroad tracks. Later, the plant ate Seymour's friends and finally Seymour.

The original movie spawned an off-Broadway musical adaptation written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken which was later made into a 1986 film starring Rick Moranis as Seymour; Ellen Greene as Audrey; and the voice of Levi Stubbs as Audrey II, a man-eating plant with extraterrestrial origins.

TRIVIA NOTE: For those who enjoy stories of man-eating plants, I offer for your viewing entertainment The Day Of The Triffids (1963), a British sci-fi film about a group of carnivorous plants, spawned from the seeds carried to Earth by meteors.

Additionally, there is The Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes (1980) a low-budget sci-fi spoof about huge red tomatoes eating everything from boy scout troops to senior citizens.


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