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(io9)   The original ending of Little Shop of Horrors saw carnivore houseplant Audrey II gleefully murder the entire cast - and probably the entire human race. Some people had a problem with that   (io9.com) divider line 71
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2012-10-10 12:19:35 PM  
Awesome
 
2012-10-10 12:21:54 PM  
FEED ME, SEYMOUR!
 
2012-10-10 12:50:55 PM  
I saw a local production of the play a few years ago which still had the original ending. It was a big surprise to everyone (I think most had seen one of the movie versions) and contributed greatly to the enjoyment. I can't recall anyone having a problem. Perhaps we're a little more open to such endings these days.
 
2012-10-10 01:06:54 PM  
No shiat.

"And the plants worked their terrible will,
finding jerks who would feed them their fill,
and the plants proceeded to grow, and grow
And began what they came here to do,
Which was essentially to,
Eat Cleveland,
and Des Moines
and Peoria,
And New York,
And where you live!

They may offer you fortune and fame
Lots of money and instant acclaim
But whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants!

They may offer you lots of cheap thrills
Fancy condos in Beverly Hills,
But whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants!"

/can't believe that was all from memory.
//R.I.P. Howard Ashman
 
2012-10-10 01:13:25 PM  
I'm just going to take a minute and remember Ellen Greene in that movie and the amazing set of...pipes on her.

i522.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-10 01:15:14 PM  
I would have been satisfied with the original ending in the Moranis . Then again, I come from a theatrical background, and as a musical, it is a kick ass play...
 
2012-10-10 01:17:48 PM  

notmtwain: I saw a local production of the play a few years ago which still had the original ending. It was a big surprise to everyone (I think most had seen one of the movie versions) and contributed greatly to the enjoyment. I can't recall anyone having a problem. Perhaps we're a little more open to such endings these days.


Not really. Test audiences still routinely fark with movies. Mainly because they either A) don't understand the ending at all, or B) it's too sad and people walk out bummed.

Example:

scrapetv.com
 
2012-10-10 01:25:11 PM  

scottydoesntknow: notmtwain: I saw a local production of the play a few years ago which still had the original ending. It was a big surprise to everyone (I think most had seen one of the movie versions) and contributed greatly to the enjoyment. I can't recall anyone having a problem. Perhaps we're a little more open to such endings these days.

Not really. Test audiences still routinely fark with movies. Mainly because they either A) don't understand the ending at all, or B) it's too sad and people walk out bummed.

Example:

[scrapetv.com image 700x297]



Yep, Focus Group Ending
 
2012-10-10 01:32:11 PM  
Yahoo link for those who despise Gawker Media.
 
2012-10-10 01:42:25 PM  
I liked that ending better. In fact, if given a choice, I will always want that ending.
 
2012-10-10 01:49:53 PM  
That was awesome :D!
 
2012-10-10 02:53:06 PM  

Sybarite: scottydoesntknow: notmtwain: I saw a local production of the play a few years ago which still had the original ending. It was a big surprise to everyone (I think most had seen one of the movie versions) and contributed greatly to the enjoyment. I can't recall anyone having a problem. Perhaps we're a little more open to such endings these days.

Not really. Test audiences still routinely fark with movies. Mainly because they either A) don't understand the ending at all, or B) it's too sad and people walk out bummed.

Example:

[scrapetv.com image 700x297]


Yep, Focus Group Ending


FOUL!

TV Tropes link without warning.

Penalty... Poster loses 1/2 days productivity.
 
2012-10-10 02:55:32 PM  
www.frontroomcinema.com
 
2012-10-10 03:14:13 PM  
I thought this was common knowledge.

I puppeteered Audrey II in my high school production of LSoH. Really fun show.
 
2012-10-10 03:18:21 PM  
And now, according to store shelves, there is a Monster High version of Audrey.

Monster High ruins everything.
 
2012-10-10 03:20:17 PM  
i haven't done/seen the show since i was in middle school (and even then i think it was my turn to stage manage so i spent most of it helping the plant puppeteer get into place backstage) but i seem to recall seymour survives the show?
 
2012-10-10 03:21:12 PM  

scottydoesntknow: notmtwain: I saw a local production of the play a few years ago which still had the original ending. It was a big surprise to everyone (I think most had seen one of the movie versions) and contributed greatly to the enjoyment. I can't recall anyone having a problem. Perhaps we're a little more open to such endings these days.

Not really. Test audiences still routinely fark with movies. Mainly because they either A) don't understand the ending at all, or B) it's too sad and people walk out bummed.

Example:

[scrapetv.com image 700x297]


Ah yes, the advertised "controversial ending" where the protagonist winds up making peace with the apparently sentient creatures instead of blowing them up with a grenade. CONTROVERSY!
 
2012-10-10 03:24:29 PM  

Gosling: And now, according to store shelves, there is a Monster High version of Audrey.

Monster High ruins fixes everything.


FTFY
 
2012-10-10 03:29:29 PM  
There's another recent interview that I thought explained it a bit better. I think Oz commented that, in a play, the actors come back out and bow - they're fine, which makes the carnage justifiable and enjoyable. But, with the film, the characters die and that's it. You walk out with them dead. If that were your first exposure to Little Shop, it might be kind of miserable, hence the bad test screens.
 
2012-10-10 03:32:30 PM  
As long as Mean Green Mother from Outer Space is in the movie, I couldn't care less which ending it has.
 
2012-10-10 03:32:47 PM  

Empty Matchbook: scottydoesntknow: notmtwain: I saw a local production of the play a few years ago which still had the original ending. It was a big surprise to everyone (I think most had seen one of the movie versions) and contributed greatly to the enjoyment. I can't recall anyone having a problem. Perhaps we're a little more open to such endings these days.

Not really. Test audiences still routinely fark with movies. Mainly because they either A) don't understand the ending at all, or B) it's too sad and people walk out bummed.

Example:

[scrapetv.com image 700x297]

Ah yes, the advertised "controversial ending" where the protagonist winds up making peace with the apparently sentient creatures instead of blowing them up with a grenade. CONTROVERSY!


Aren't they making a sequel to that... with Will Smith in it? How is that even possible?!?!
 
2012-10-10 03:34:36 PM  

PsyLord: Aren't they making a sequel to that... with Will Smith in it? How is that even possible?!?!


it made 256 million at the box office is how
 
2012-10-10 03:36:22 PM  

PsyLord: Aren't they making a sequel to that... with Will Smith in it? How is that even possible?!?!


Maybe they roll with the alternate ending. Or make it a prequel.
 
2012-10-10 03:39:56 PM  
The original ending of Little Shop of Horrors saw carnivore houseplant Audrey II Junior gleefully murder the entire cast - and probably the entire human race. Some people had a problem with that

FTFY
 
2012-10-10 03:41:45 PM  
There's an 87 percent chance you would of hated that ending too.
 
2012-10-10 03:50:33 PM  

mortimer_ford: There's an 87 percent chance you would of hated that ending too.


Not as much as that.
 
2012-10-10 03:51:49 PM  
This is still the ending for the stage play...saw it with the new Broadway cast about 7 years ago...definitely prefer this ending to the one in the movie. Works much better.

/If you wanna be profound, if you really gotta justify, take a breath and look around, a lot of folks deserve to die!
 
2012-10-10 03:53:24 PM  

Rincewind53: No shiat.

"And the plants worked their terrible will,
finding jerks who would feed them their fill,
and the plants proceeded to grow, and grow
And began what they came here to do,
Which was essentially to,
Eat Cleveland,
and Des Moines
and Peoria,
And New York,
And where you live!

They may offer you fortune and fame
Lots of money and instant acclaim
But whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants!

They may offer you lots of cheap thrills
Fancy condos in Beverly Hills,
But whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants!"

/can't believe that was all from memory.
//R.I.P. Howard Ashman


I didn't have a problem with the ending. I had a problem with the song. It doesn't fit the flow of the rest of the show at all.
 
2012-10-10 03:57:53 PM  

Sybarite: I'm just going to take a minute and remember Ellen Greene in that movie and the amazing set of...pipes on her.

[i522.photobucket.com image 500x472]


Damn, I almost forgot about those.
 
2012-10-10 03:59:27 PM  

Gunny Highway: I thought this was common knowledge.


Same here.

/played Orin Scrivello
//DDS
 
2012-10-10 04:04:31 PM  
Yeah, the alternate ending is on the DVD I bought ten years ago.

I did the production in high school that had the original ending. I think my part in the script was listed as "Hobo #2". Good times.
 
2012-10-10 04:08:47 PM  

Kazaa: There's another recent interview that I thought explained it a bit better. I think Oz commented that, in a play, the actors come back out and bow - they're fine, which makes the carnage justifiable and enjoyable. But, with the film, the characters die and that's it. You walk out with them dead. If that were your first exposure to Little Shop, it might be kind of miserable, hence the bad test screens.


Bingo. There's something about the stage that makes an unhappy ending okay. With movies its just a kick in the gut.
 
2012-10-10 04:14:14 PM  

Rincewind53: No shiat.

"And the plants worked their terrible will,
finding jerks who would feed them their fill,
and the plants proceeded to grow, and grow
And began what they came here to do,
Which was essentially to,
Eat Cleveland,
and Des Moines
and Peoria,
And New York,
And where you live!

They may offer you fortune and fame
Lots of money and instant acclaim
But whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants!

They may offer you lots of cheap thrills
Fancy condos in Beverly Hills,
But whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants!"

/can't believe that was all from memory.
//R.I.P. Howard Ashman


I was a kid when I saw a stage version of it with that song. I was a little unnerved until my father told me, "Anything that eats Cleveland will die a horrible death." This wasn't long after the Cuyahoga River caught fire.

/CSB
 
2012-10-10 04:16:07 PM  
Ah, the "I'm too cool for happy endings" crowd...always a pleasure.
 
2012-10-10 04:17:51 PM  
IT'S IN COLOR!!!!!

By gawd, I may have to finally break down and buy wunna them Blues-Rayz thinga-ma-bobbers!
 
2012-10-10 04:17:59 PM  

The Muthaship: Ah, the "I'm too cool for happy endings" crowd...always a pleasure.


Hey look it is you! Never a pleasure.
 
2012-10-10 04:21:04 PM  

Gunny Highway: The Muthaship: Ah, the "I'm too cool for happy endings" crowd...always a pleasure.

Hey look it is you! Never a pleasure.


Damn, I thought we were buds!
 
2012-10-10 04:26:20 PM  

JammerJim: Bingo. There's something about the stage that makes an unhappy ending okay. With movies its just a kick in the gut.


Also Rick Moranis' Seymour is portrayed more sympathetically than in the play, so it just wouldn't work to kill him off on film. The tone would be all wrong.
 
2012-10-10 04:28:05 PM  

JammerJim: Kazaa: There's another recent interview that I thought explained it a bit better. I think Oz commented that, in a play, the actors come back out and bow - they're fine, which makes the carnage justifiable and enjoyable. But, with the film, the characters die and that's it. You walk out with them dead. If that were your first exposure to Little Shop, it might be kind of miserable, hence the bad test screens.

Bingo. There's something about the stage that makes an unhappy ending okay. With movies its just a kick in the gut.


Eh, I think it's more like it never occurred to audiences just how dark the story is -- Seymour killing people for his benefit. Him going to live in suburbia with Audrey is pretty hollow.
 
2012-10-10 04:29:09 PM  

The Muthaship: Gunny Highway: The Muthaship: Ah, the "I'm too cool for happy endings" crowd...always a pleasure.

Hey look it is you! Never a pleasure.

Damn, I thought we were buds!


More like brothers, mon!
 
2012-10-10 04:29:43 PM  
I cannot think of that movie without remembering my junior high music teacher, who insisted LSoH was not a "real" musical because it didn't "take itself seriously."

I gave her the finger and transferred to shop class.
 
2012-10-10 04:32:45 PM  

Subdue their bellies: I cannot think of that movie without remembering my junior high music teacher, who insisted LSoH was not a "real" musical because it didn't "take itself seriously."

I gave her the finger and transferred to shop class.


there are musicals (outside of opera) that take themselves seriously? i thought they were, by genre, goofy. and I have been in musicals and seen many.
 
2012-10-10 04:34:48 PM  
We named one of our monstrous Sun 3 servers "Audrey3" because of the way the access door to the tape drive compartment opened.

/csb
 
2012-10-10 04:42:40 PM  
Steve Martin as Dr. Scrivello still, completely cracks me up.

/ Thoroughly enjoyed the '86 movie
// CANDY BAR!
 
2012-10-10 04:44:54 PM  

PsyLord: Empty Matchbook: scottydoesntknow: notmtwain: I saw a local production of the play a few years ago which still had the original ending. It was a big surprise to everyone (I think most had seen one of the movie versions) and contributed greatly to the enjoyment. I can't recall anyone having a problem. Perhaps we're a little more open to such endings these days.

Not really. Test audiences still routinely fark with movies. Mainly because they either A) don't understand the ending at all, or B) it's too sad and people walk out bummed.

Example:

[scrapetv.com image 700x297]

Ah yes, the advertised "controversial ending" where the protagonist winds up making peace with the apparently sentient creatures instead of blowing them up with a grenade. CONTROVERSY!

Aren't they making a sequel to that... with Will Smith in it? How is that even possible?!?!


Maybe Will Smith hides in a refrigerator to survive the blast?
 
2012-10-10 04:48:05 PM  
I was in Little Shop in 93 and even now, 20 years later, I can recall most of the damn score. Especially 'Don't Feed the Plants' because it went farking high for a high schooler to sing.

But basically the musical has a happy ending. Audrey II eats everyone but Seymore and Audrey (I) are together inside the plant. If done as scripted, their faces appear in the flowering buds of the GINORMOUS end puppet and sing part of 'We'll have Tomorrow' (A totally cut out number).
 
2012-10-10 04:50:21 PM  

Gunny Highway: The Muthaship: Gunny Highway: The Muthaship: Ah, the "I'm too cool for happy endings" crowd...always a pleasure.

Hey look it is you! Never a pleasure.

Damn, I thought we were buds!

More like brothers, mon!


Alrighty then!
 
2012-10-10 04:53:15 PM  
Our local theater did the best of both worlds. They did the original ending, complete with the cast in the audience singing. Then, when they finished the cast bows, they had the guy voicing Audrey II come out for his bow - and then performed "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space". Lots of fun.

P.S. the ending isn't as disturbing as the reprieve of "Somewhere That's Green".
 
2012-10-10 05:06:35 PM  

SavageWombat: Then, when they finished the cast bows, they had the guy voicing Audrey II come out for his bow - and then performed "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space". Lots of fun..


A far far easier song to sing than it is to puppeteer. They basically shot everything half-speed to do the lip synch then played it back. I could only imagine how hard it'd be to do Mean Green during the stage show...

Audrey II is one of my dream roles, along with the Witch from Into the Woods. (Yeah, typically played by a guy, but I could rock it.)
 
2012-10-10 05:20:18 PM  
Tisha Campbell. Grrrrrrr.
 
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