Director: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan
Running Time: 89 minutes
Main Cast: Seth Rogan, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumoltz, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek.
Sausage Party feels like a dish served up by animation master chefs Pixar, while at the same time sprinkling a bit of Seth Rogan seasoning onto the meal before being served to you.
Frank, a Hotdog Sausage and his friends realize that being chosen and taken home by the customer isn’t all it’s cut out to be and begins to investigate why they exist to be picked by customers.
Seth Rogan (Frank) leads an all-star cast in Kristen Wiig (Brenda), Jonah Hill (Carl), Michael Cera (Barry), Bill Hader (Firewater, Tequila, El Guaco), James Franco (Druggie), Danny McBride (Honey Mustard), Craig Robinson (Grits), Paul Rudd (Darren), Nick Kroll (Douche), David Krumoltz (Lavash), Edward Norton (Sammy Bagel jnr) and Salma Hayek (Teresa Taco). All bring a funny side to their individual foods and provide unique personalities enabling them to split the foods apart based on area in store.
Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir are the masterminds and their trademark movie traits of out there drug use and frequent profanities litter the film. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan take the directing reins for this outrageous comedy and shape the dreams of Rogan and co to produce some amazing animation and wonderful pictures for you to take in.
The creators have taken a Toy Story way of approaching the characters and expanded on what Toy Story did so well with their toy characters. Sausage party gives it’s characters lust, sexuality, ethnicity and even touches on the idea of the food having religions. Which is a different take on what Toy Story did and it really adds depth to the characters we see in the supermarket.
The film is a clear mockery of the animation giants (Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks), whilst also taking animation into the adult world flawlessly. It’s narrative mirrors the way in which the animation giants construct their plots, but also creates a dark side of animation narratives. The plot follows the typical animation storyline whilst taking you into a different reality and it works wonderfully. Allowing you to be transported into the world of supermarket food, tapping into the thoughts and feelings of the products us human’s purchase. Which is a weird but wonderful thing to imagine whilst also being outrageously funny to watch.
The gags in the film are all kinds of out there and the writers do not hold back on anyone, even tapping into modern day issues and past issues in a funny way. This is evident where a Jewish Begal and a Middle Eastern Lavash represent the Middle East conflict and show that they can ignore the differences and get along. The film is also riddled with food puns and jokes that will have you in stiches, where the name of the film and villain (which is a juiced up, obnoxious Douche (like the actual Feminine-hygiene product called a Douche juiced up on fruit juice)) literally being food puns. You will also be treated to one of the most outrageous animation scenes ever as the denizens of the store plunge into a celebratory orgy, featuring shocking images that once seen can never be forgotten.
Sausage Party and its contents are literally indescribable and when writing this review it was hard to describe the movie and what makes it so great, which is a testament to how awesome this movie is and how highly it stands against the live-action comedies that Rogan and co have created and been apart of.
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