Director: Frank Oz
It seems unfathomable that I've never done a post on Little Shop of Horrors (1986) but a quick glance my history here, and I haven't. We did watch it back in 2020 during Halloween season, but I seemed to think we were about to podcast the movie. We did not.
So, the way I first saw the movie was a tad unlikely. Some kids at my school figured out there was a pay phone outside, and they called in a bomb threat with about two hours left to go in the day. So, we stood around in the drizzling rain until the buses came, and then we just went home without our books or homework.
Over dinner, The Admiral realized I had nothing to do, found the next movie on, and he and I jumped in the car and drove over to Showplace 6 to see Little Shop of Horrors. I was delighted. Loved the movie. Sci-fi/ horror/ comedy/ musical? Slam dunk home run.
We were a family that attended a lot of musicals and theatrical productions, so the language of a movie musical was no real surprise to me, but I'd never seen anything that also squarely jived with a comedic sensibility of the time in that format, and which featured some of my favorite comedians.
Of course, Rick Moranis as Seymour, but cameos from Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy and more. And, of course, a giant, singing, talking plant bent on world domination. The music was reminiscent of what I was listening to on Oldies stations (I missed the gag about our chorus' names until college), and it's kind of banger after banger. We forget Howard Ashman and Alan Menken did this off Broadway before they were the Disney-famous Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.