Its a rare thing that I get excited when booking tickets to see a sausage party, but that’s exactly what happened recently. But sweet fucking fuck its rude, crude, shocking and highly offensive …. So no wonder I liked it! So join Film and TV Nerd to find out just how a talking hotdog maybe the funniest animation since south park the movie!
It seems to be an unwritten rule that animated feature films must appeal to children as their primary audience, and when you inspect the colourful characters and wacky adventures that usually feature within such productions it’s easy to understand why.
That’s not to say that older viewers can’t also appreciate the love and care that goes into creating these stories, however, with studios such as Pixar managing to pull on the heartstrings and bring smiles to the faces of adults as well as children. Strangely though, animated films created solely for adults are few and far between, which is surprising when you consider the ones that do exist – South Park: Bigger, Longer – have gained quite a large following with audiences over the years.
Enter Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the duo behind raunchy R-rated comedies such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and Knocked Up that are attempting to bring a feature-length, explicit, and often downright vulgar animated film to a wide audience. This, ladies and gentleman, is Sausage Party.
Set mostly within a grocery store in Anywhere-Town, USA, Sausage Party seeks to emanate the story beats and animated style that have made Pixar such a success, albeit with an adult twist. Revolving around a hotdog named Frank (Seth Rogen) and a bun named Brenda (Kristen Wiig), the film is similar to Toy Story in the way it presents objects that are otherwise inanimate in reality.
The focus here is food, drinks, and everyday household products being given self-awareness and human characteristics – including the most basic instinct that we all possess meaning that these characters are desperate to fuck and talk about it a whole lot over the course of 89 minutes.
Introducing it’s key characters, Sausage Party presents a slew of stereotypes and generalisations that seem to fall under the South Park point-of-view that when you’re offending everybody, nobody can take offence. There’s the Jewish Sammy Bagel Jr (Edward Norton), Palestinian Kareem Abdul Lavash (David Krumholtz), Mexican Teresa del Taco (Selma Hayek), and Native American Firewater (Bill Hader) which are only a handful of the stereotypes on offer throughout.
As the items of food are taken from the grocery store by us humans – dubbed ‘the Gods’ – they soon find that The Great Beyond they’ve spent their entire existence yearning for isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as each of them is gutted, boiled, and ripped apart in time for dinner. It’s surprisingly brutal and if you saw the red-band trailer that arrived online back in March you’ll know it’s flat-out hilarious.
There are also many moments that move the story along whilst maintaining the hilarity, most of which involve the aptly-named Douche (Nick Kroll) who is a “super-bro”.
The world that has been created is colourful enough to keep audiences engaged during it’s manageable runtime. While most of the narrative is spent with Frank, Brenda, and deformed sausage Barry (Michael Cera), it’s the side characters that produce the biggest laughs.
The conflict between the previously mentioned Sammy Bagel Jr and Kareem Abdul Lavash is fantastic to watch play out, while a piece of chewed up gum in a wheelchair intentionally characterised as Steven Hawking may be the most genius character in the entire film.
It’s when characters such as these are onscreen that the film is at it’s best while the main narrative that see’s Frank trying to start an uprising against the humans as it escalates towards perhaps the most shocking scene within a film this year. As a full on three minute food orgy (that’s a sentence I thought I would never type) has you wondering where to look at times.
So out of a possible five stars Sausage party earns:
Sausage Party is a fun, animated film that is unrelenting and somehow leaves you wanting that little but more …. Just like good food should.
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