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Seth Rogan is a hot dog trying to discover the truth about what happens to food when it leaves the grocery store in Sausage Party, the first R-Rated computer animated movie also starring the voices of Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, and the rest of the Rogen/Goldberg crew. Is this movie absolutely bananas, or would you be nuts for wanting to see it?
In 1995, Pixar redefined the world of animated movies when they released Toy Story, the first ever fully computer generated feature length motion picture. No longer would artists have to draw each and every individual frame. Now characters, as well as environments, could be 3D rendered to have realistic texture and lighting. The characters also have full skeletal frames that animators could basically move around like a puppet. Other studios like DreamWorks, Blue Sky, and Illumination have sprung up to create their own franchises with Shrek, Ice Age, and Despicable Me respectfully.
Twenty-One years later, I can guarantee you that Pixar never envisioned a raunchy adult comedy about talking food that drop more F-bombs than the entire United States Navy. I bring to you Sausage Party, the first ever CG animated R-rated movie from the minds of Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the same guys behind movies like Superbad, This is the End, and The Interview. Now before I go any further in my review, I want to emphasis that this is not at all a movie for kids. Don’t think just because it’s an animated movie about food that it’s just a grown up version of Veggie Tales. This movie is so raunchy that even if you removed the audio track to eliminate all the profanity, the images are still incredibly explicit. I’m an adult and I have no clue how people do bath salts, but thanks to this movie, now I do. So if you are that naive and have no clue what “R-Rated” means, then I’m warning you now not to take your kids unless you are completely comfortable with explaining what the white goo is that’s inside of the talking banana shaped balloon.
The plot of the movie is pretty simple. Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen) is a hot dog. He has a girlfriend named Brenda (Kristen Wiig) who is a bun and he hangs out in a package of other hot dogs with his friends Barry (Michael Cera) and Carl (Jonah Hill). On this particular occasion, they are celebrating Red, White and Blue Day (that’s the 4th of July to us human folks). All the inhabitants of the grocery store believe that all humans are gods. They also believe that if they honor the shelf life rules by staying fresh and looking good, the gods will take them out of the store to the “Great Beyond” (heaven for food). After being returned for being the wrong flavor, a jar of honey mustard (Danny McBride) warns the rest of the food that the Great Beyond is a lie. Frank begins to question his existence and along with Brenda, a bagel named Sammy (Edward Norton) and a pita named Lavash (David Krumholtz), they go on a quest to the dark part of the grocery store to get answers. It won’t be easy for them though as an evil douche (yes, a douche) wants to exact his revenge on Frank.
Now for those who have no clue what a “sausage party” is, it’s basically a party that no girls showed up to. Sausage is a euphemism for penis. Thus there was all sausages and no tacos. That’s primarily the humor of Sausage Party. Lots of sex jokes “cleverly” disguised as food analogies. It’s the same as me holding a hot dog and asking a woman if she’d like to put my wiener in her mouth. Catching on yet? Sex isn’t the only source of the jokes as no topic in the movie is taboo and no race, religion, or nationality is left out of the cross hairs of the brutal roasting. Sausage Party is filled with so many WTF moments and jokes that the movie had my audience laughing and gasping from beginning to end.
But beyond that, what I liked was the actual deeper meaning of the movie. Yeah it’s super raunchy, but on some levels, Sausage Party was a clever social commentary on topics like religion and regional prejudice. The story and humor reminded me a lot of the South Park style of humor. The humor is not to the high brow levels of Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, but I could see some ingeniousness in how the talking food used humor to discuss getting into heaven and how Jews and Muslims can get along.
Since this is a computer generated animated movie, I couldn’t skip over talking about the animation and characters. The character models aren’t the high levels of movies from Pixar or DreamWorks, but they were still pretty good. The characters were cute. Some wore Mickey Mouse styled white gloves and big shoes. The food reminded me a lot of the “Let’s all go to the lobby” singing concession snack you see play during the intermission of a double feature. The grocery store was also neat as each aisle was its own world, especially the nationality foods. There’s a Mexican food village and even a China town. It was even funny that the liqueur aisle was a dance club. Even if you aren’t a fan of vulgar humor, there is no denying the creativity of the characters and the grocery store. I also liked how there was zero product placement in the movie, but all things considered, I highly doubt any corporation would want their products in this flick.
Sausage Party is really funny. Let me rephrase that, it’s absolutely bananas. It’s coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs insane. I could see myself watching it over and over once it hits Blu-ray. The movie is nothing short of crazy. And trust me when I say this, but once you lay witness to the final scene, I guarantee you’ll never look at food the same way ever again.
Sausage Party is a rude, crude, and filthy look into the world of produce. Imagine that the writers of Toy Story had a bath salts induced orgy with the creators of South Park. The movie is pretty funny and actually has some interesting religious and social issue commentaries, that’s if you can decipher it from its plethora of food-based sexual innuendos. This is not a comedy for everyone, especially for children. Do not at all bring children to this movie. The animation of the characters was pretty good and the models we cute in a odd sort of way. If you are a fan of the Seth Rogen crew and their brand of comedies filled with an abundance of profanity, drug use, and insanity, then I think you’ll have a hilarious time. If you are uptight and easily offended by sophomoric potty humor, then get a life and stay at home.
PS: Don’t do bath salts. It will not make your food come to life.