US Animation

Sausage Party

Distributed By: Columbia Pictures

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                When a friend of mine directed me to a trailer called Sausage Party and I saw animated food singing and dancing, I figured this was a kid’s film…then I paid attention to the animation…and the words.  I soon realized that this was in no way a kid’s film.  I was also laughing so hard I nearly peed my pants.  I knew I had to see this film.

                In the local supermarket called Shopwell’s, the food and various other items sold there all hope that the Gods (humans) will choose them, taking them to the “great beyond” where they will live out their lives happily ever after.  It isn’t until the Fourth of July weekend that the denizens of Showell’s learn the truth.  A returned jar of honey mustard (Danny McBride) warns them that the “great beyond” is not real.  As he attempts to commit suicide, a hot dog named Frank (Seth Rogan) attempts to save him.  Brenda (Kristin Wiig), Frank’s hot dog bun girlfriend tries to help. 

The resulting shopping cart crash leaves them separated from their packages, stuck in the store while their friends head off to the “great beyond.”  Left behind as well is a damaged douche (Nick Kroll) who blames Frank and Brenda for his condition and plans a way to get revenge, souping himself up off the juice of others.  Meanwhile, Frank and Brenda, along with newly made friends (a lavash named Kareem, portrayed by David Krumholtz, and his sworn enemy bagel Sammy, portrayed by Edward Norton), seek out the great and wise Firewater (Bill Hader) to learn the truth about the “great beyond.”

Will they survive long enough to learn the truth…and when they do, what can they do to prevent others from their fate at the hands of the Gods?

Okay, as I have said, this is definitely not an animated film made for children.  The food is drawn to be suggestive looking and the conversations between the hot dogs and the buns regarding what they have planned for each other in the “great beyond” is definitely meant for adult ears.  The opening song about the “great beyond” starts off sweet, but eventually turns into something incredibly politically incorrect.  Take for instance the Nazi sauerkraut and their hope of eliminating all Juice.  There are sexually explicit references in the dialogue, especially made by the villain of the film and the political incorrectness is all over the place. 

For some reason that what makes the film so funny.  Rogen and his writing crew leave no stone or stereotype unturned.  This movie is hilarious and raunchy to the max, reminding us that animated films for adults can be just as enjoyable as live action films.  The animation was great – nothing was toned down or cartoony looking.  And the music was terrific, featuring songs by Meatloaf (yes, he’s actually a meatloaf), Wham!, Eric Carmen, Spandau Ballet, The Isley Brothers, Three Dog Night and JR JR.

I haven’t had so much fun watching an adult animated film since Heavy Metal, though I do wonder a bit at the over-the-top extremely sexually explicit scene near the end.  There was no reason for it, but they certainly went all the way there!  I think I was actually blushing by the end of the scene and I know I was certainly speechless.  But despite that craziness, I still loved the film and have been telling every adult I see that they have to check out Sausage Party.  This is, by far, one of the best Seth Rogan films I’ve ever seen!


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