Sausage party Review.
Seth Rogen has said on a number of occasions that the desire to make his own animated movie came from a love for Pixar movies. Even though he didn’t exactly grow up on them as a child (he was already 14 when the first Toy Story arrived in 1995), he’s still loved them immensely as an adult. However, if Rogen was going to attempt to make his version of a Pixar movie, you know it wasn’t going to be anywhere near family friendly.
To say what Sausage Party is actually about isn’t a spoiler. But, if at this point you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll give you a chance to leave. Just know this: Sausage Party is absolutely filthy, unapologetically funny but for all the right reasons…
Looking beyond the Talking Food (and talking objects that also extend beyond food.) Sausage Party is about science versus religion. It’s about blind faith versus undebatable truth—about people who choose to believe something they’re told all their lives and how that could, potentially, be a problem. That’s not to say Sausage Party bashes religion, faith, or your beliefs (it jabs them gleefully), but it fully embraces the happiness those things can bring people.
In the case of a supermarket full of foul-mouthed food, these debates are brought about by a talking sausage named Frank (Seth Rogen) that’s desperate to enter his Vaginal-looking Bun girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig). All the food in the supermarket believes when you’re chosen by the Gods, a.k.a. humans shopping in the store, you are brought to “The Great Beyond”, a place where everything is going to be wonderful. They think its heaven, basically. But when one bottle of honey mustard (Voiced by Danny McBride) is returned to the store, he starts planting the seeds of truth that leads Frank on a quest through the supermarket to discover that when they leave the supermarket, Cooking, Preparing and Eating food equates to Torture & Death.
The film begins with a Whimsical song about “The Great Beyond” by Disney Composer Alan Menkin (Who did Music for Aladdin and Beauty & the Beast.) but Once Honey Mustard is returned and goes to the shopping Cart that Frank & Brenda just happen to also be in, is the catalyst for everything that happens in the story because it creates the villain, an angry douche (voiced by Nick Kroll) who is more than angry that he won’t be able to serve his purpose of getting up inside one of the gods, and it sends Frank and Brenda on a journey around the grocery store as Frank tries to determine if there’s any truth to Honey Mustard’s claims, while Brenda is extremely resistant to even thinking about the idea of the gods actually doing horrifying things to the food. Meanwhile, outside of the store, Frank’s and his new accidental friends Lavash (An Arabic bread of some sort) Sammy the Bagel (Edward norton doing an excellent Woody Allen Impression) and Tina the Lesbian Taco (Voiced by Salma Hayek) try to figure out how to get back to the store but like any adventure it’s not without obstacles.
Just like the great animated comedies of television, there were a lot of questions raised with Sausage Party that I quite wasn’t expecting in a movie featuring a talking jizz-filled condom. Questions about religion, racial bias, ethnic backgrounds were engraved into the CGI stone monument that is Sausage Party, and even if you aren’t a fan of the answers that are presented, you certainly come away thinking, ‘They might have a point’. All this on a production budget that should have fans of Pixar/Dreamworks animated movies come away thinking “HOW much did that cost?”
The really good animated comedy TV shows of our time are disruptive in nature. Beavis & Butt-head, The Simpsons, South Park, and maybe one or two others shifted the notion of what a cartoon is all about. Rogen and Goldberg do the same thing in a different medium, and as such. we could see the start of a gold rush that should get you excited about the future of adult animation.
8 out of 10