"Your Adoption Papers"?

edited October 2015 in Songs
OK this has bugged me for nearly 30 years. I see looking at Howard's 02-14-85 script that "Mushnik & Son" is cut, and the line "The sudden success around here; your adoption papers" has been changed to "The sudden success around here; the press coverage". But man, it sure looks as though Audrey II is lip-synching the adoption line. Watch the video. Am I dreaming?

Hi, my name is Martin, and I think way too much about this kind of thing.


  • I honestly don't know, I haven't paid much attention to the lip-synching of the Audrey 2 puppet.
  • I am very focused on the lip-sync because I think it's kind of magical how they managed to just kind of "indicate" the words with lip shapes without actually doing a literal lip-sync. And because I just love puppetry in general & Audrey II is one of the greatest of them all!
  • I know when they did the lip-syncing, it involved playing the songs at a slower speed, so the pod could properly form the words, then in post-production, they'd speed it up. You can see this on one of the featurettes on the Director's Cut Blu-Ray.
    They also used Press Coverage in the film because they cut Mushnik and Son (My guess is that Gardenia couldn't or didn't want to sing), and the entire thing about making Seymour his song. Really bugs me and makes me want the rumored Greg Berlati remake even more.
  • A brief post-script to this, but everything I've found indicates the adoption storyline was cut from the film from the very beginning. The only mention I've found of it is in Howard's November '82 preliminary outline for the screenplay.
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