Movie Name: Sausage Party
Studio: Annapuma Pictures
Release Date(s): March 14, 2016 (South by Southwest)/August 12, 2016 (US)
MPAA Rating: R
Frank loves Brenda, and Brenda loves Frank. Frank is a sausage who intends to get into Brenda’s bun when they reach the Great Beyond outside of the Shopwell. When they are selected by the gods to leave Shopwell, an accident leaves Brenda and Frank trapped in the store and trying to find a way to be selected again…until Frank learns that the Great Beyond might be a complete lie. Meanwhile, Frank’s mates in his packaging are finding out what occurs in the Great Beyond and Barry hopes to find the Shopwell and warn Frank.
Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tieman, Sausage Party is an animated R-Rated comedy. The film was released to relatively positive reviews but also criticism that there was some mistreatment of the animators.
I didn’t have much hope for Sausage Party. I like animated films, but I’m not a big fan of Seth Rogan. His voice drives me crazy much like Ray Romano, and a lot of the movies he’s made I find extremely average. I decided to give it a shot anyway…and I kind of liked it.
The movie’s plot is rather smart. It plays a lot with modern society by looking not only at racist stereotypes (all the foods are “from” where they originate) and concepts of God…two taboos. By making the characters food, the movie is able to explore it more because it becomes a parody instead of a racially and religiously intolerant comedy…plus, you got to give credit to a movie that ends in a giant food orgy. I don’t really love the meta-ending with the revelation that they are animated, but it sets up a possibility for Sausage Party 2.
Seth Rogan pulls all his friends into the movie. Since I’m not that into Seth Rogan, I generally don’t like his co-actors, but since the movie is animated, it gets a pass. The movie features Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Nick Kroll, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek. Meat Loaf also lends his voice to the movie…playing frozen meatloaf (which is kind of genius).
The movie looks great. With the amped up sexual undertones, the movie pushes the limits of taste (which I like) with things like talking condoms, severed heads, and of course the final orgy. Just when you think Sausage Party isn’t going to push it further, it does.
Sausage Party is definitely for adults and isn’t for all adults. The movie is vulgar and very non-PC, but that is what makes it fun. I can say that the movie is entirely original and rivals South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut for pushing the boundaries. It will have you looking at that hotdog in a bun a whole new way (and make you feel bad for using a piece of bread as a replacement).