Audrey II in it's biggest form
|Actor||Levi Stubbs (Voice)|
Audrey II is the main antagonist in every version of Little Shop of Horrors (though in the original "The Little Shop of Horrors" movie the plant was named Audrey Jr.). Audrey II was bought by Seymour from an old Chinese man, a florist that sold other exotic plants, for just "a dolla' ninety five!" At first, Seymour just thought of Audrey II as a sort of venus fly trap plant, yet all the different types of food and care he gave it didn't work and caused it to grow weaker. Eventually Audrey II grew larger into a hideous beast that gained the ability to talk and soon began to beg Seymour for more food, upgrading from blood to human meat as well. Audrey II played with Seymour's emotions to convince Seymour to kill Orin Scrivello, a sadistic evil dentist who, by the way, abuses Audrey, Seymour's love interest, and also took advantage of Seymour nearly getting arrested to kill Mr. Mushnik, his boss (who later adopts him before dying) for food.
Audrey II (now enormous) called Audrey, Seymour's life-long love interest on the payphone and convinced her to come over to the shop only to eat her. Seymour saves Audrey in time (in the modified ending) before he challenges the monsterous plant in a final showdown, but barely escapes the near-death by electrocuting it. With Audrey II and it's newly blossomed buds (who work as back-up singers during Audrey II's song in the show-down, Mean Green Mother From Outer Space) being fried alive form the electrical wires, the plant exclaimed a surprised "Oh shit!" before exploding into green-blue atoms that are presumed to be seeds or re-generating plant spores. This is presumed on account of the ending of the movie where hidden in the happy, little garden in the front lawn of Seymore and Audrey's new home, is a new, baby-like version of Audrey II that gives a wicked, "I'll be back" smile to the audience before the credits roll.
However, in the original ending, Seymour did not save Audrey in time and unwillingly, yet on her dying wishes, feed her to the plant. Audrey II then consumed Seymour, and shorlty after, its leaves were sold all across America which resulted in similar situations that happened to Seymour (tricking innocent people into feeding their plants people) and eventually, the plants (after reaching a massive size) attacked and are seen destroying cities and eating people whole. The ending shows the United States Army fighting the plants and the Statue of Liberty being ascended by the Audrey II Buds. It is unknown if the Audrey II buds took over the world.
A not well known nickname of Audrey II that Seymour uses is "Twooey", as spelled in the DVD subtitles.
Audrey II is brilliantly voiced by Levi Stubbs of Four Tops fame.
Origin/Species EditAccording to a behind the scenes interview, Audrey II is from a planet of carnivorous plants who are sent to different planets to destroy them in the way Audrey II intended. How the plant came to earth is not completely understood, but it is known that it came to the planet through an eclipse of the sun and a unworldly strike of green "lightning". It could be speculated that the eclipse was caused by Audrey II's spacecraft of some kind. The film has never explained any of the alien race which Audrey II is a species of, yet Seymour thought of the plant as a type of venus fly trap. What is known is that at least two different types of the alien plants were on Earth, which was Audrey II and a smaller alien plant in Seymour and Audrey's garden lawn at the end of the movie after the Audrey II was blown up into an explosive cloud of plant-matter, presumably this plant is an incarnation of Audrey II itself with the possibilty that the explosive plant-matter actually being seeds or spores that could actually grow or regenerate. There could be a spreading of alien plants around the Earth, since the planet could be firing more pods into Earth. In the song, "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space", Audrey II sings "I'm past the stars and beyond the moon", meaning that it comes from an unknown planet, but it should be noted that Audrey II could have just meant that as a figurative language since the plant is very sarcastic.
As the infant, Audrey II did not have the ability to talk (or, at least, was so malnourished that it did not have the strength) but had the ability to move around its' mouth in and slightly move its' body. It also had the ability to make sucking noises, as a way to tell Seymour it was thirsty. However, Audrey II's offspring or buds were able to talk and sing as back-up singers during Mean Green mother From Outer Space, adding "Aaaahh"s, even though they were "newborns" during their singular scene. This could simply be a small hole in the movie's logic, or could mean that the buds were strong enough to be able to fully talk from their "mother's" strength.
Not only is Audrey II evil, dark, and cruel, but also has it's own charming, funky, and almost sweet-talking power of persuasion and lies. In short, this plant an evil genius that could easily take advantage of Seymour's disposition and being the only one of its kind (on Earth).
Audrey II went through five different forms:
- 1st Form: A small, mute plant pod.
- 2nd Form: A slightly larger pod, capable of movement. This is where Audrey II first displays the ability to open it's mouth.
- 3rd Form: Twooey is now capable of speech, and is roughly as tall as a grown man when the plants "head" or bulb is pointed upwards.
- 4th Form: Considerably bigger, now easily as tall as Seymour while bent over. At this point, Twooey takes up easily half the room, but is still contained in a pot, albeit a large one.
- 5th Form: This form is seen when Audrey II breaks out of it's own pot. Audrey II is now capable of budding, and shows proficiency with using it's own vines as weapons.
The Big Question (Gender)Edit
So far, Audrey II's gender is undetermained. While the voice used for Twooey is defintely male, it can be assumed that Audrey II is either of indeterminate gender or female. A possible example of the plant being female is supported by the final scene, in which Twooey not only refers to itself as a "Mean Green Mother", but sprouts off infant plant pods, an action which is easily interpreted as the equivalent of giving birth. However, if Audrey the Second is a flowering plant, then it could be presumed that it is hermaphroditic, and merely choses to use the term "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" because at times the word "mother" is often just an derivation from the common swear word. As it's offspring were merely other buds off the same plant, they probably were able to talk because they were in fact a part of Audrey II's conciousness, representing a secondary personality the was submissive to the dominant "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" personality, and not true "children".
It took elaborate puppetry in order to make Audrey II come to life. Besides the electric sparks in the final scene, not a lot of CG was shown in the film. To the viewer, it appears that Audrey moves in real time along with Seymour, or whoever else it's singing with/talking to. But since it can only move at a certain speed, it would be filmed singing/talking at 16 frames per second. Rick Moranis and all of the other actors would have to sing in slow motion, which (in editing) would be sped up to appear that they're singing in unision at a normal speed.
Audrey II's final song, "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" was nominated for the "Best Song" Award for movies.