Wait… its actually good?!
Sausage Party (2016) is a CGI-animated comedy film directed by Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends – yes, seriously) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Madagascar 3). It stars Seth Rogen as the voice of sausage Frank, Michael Cera as his short friend Barry, and Kristen Wiig as the sexualised bun Brenda, who are all food products in a supermarket that eagerly wait for customers to choose them and take them to ‘the great beyond’. However, their world is turned upside down when they begin to realise that the great beyond does not exist and must band together to change their fate.
I’ll give Sausage Party this – its definitely unique. Its the first fully CGI film to be rated MA (or R to you americans) and acts like a spoof of Disney and Pixar films in a way that no other movie to my knowledge has. From the almost copyright infringing song at the beginning of each day, to the idea of food having a life of their own, if it wasn’t for the rating this could be seen as a typical Disney rip off.
But there is the consequences of that rating to consider. And Sausage Party f@#$ing earns it. A huge disclaimer that this comedy is not going to be to the taste of most people. Unapolagetically crude, has more expletives than a Quentin Tarantino movie, and filled to the brim with racial stereotypes that offends every single ounce of modern decency. And of course, thats the point. Its shock humour in many ways, and yes it is distastful, but there’s still clever and funny comedy burried under all the filth. It just takes a bit to get there if you don’t have a stomache for sausages and buns constantly talking about penetration.
The CGI on display isn’t on par with everything that this film spoofs but it gets the job done. The character designs does leave a bit to be desired, but there is still moments of imagination in the world and visuals. Its not quite an ugly film – the animation is quite fluid and quick – but its no visual feast (pun absolutely intended).
What it does feast on however is a seriously massive voice cast. Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Micahel Cera, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride and the list keeps going. Rogen clearly pulled in a lot of friends for this, and they vary from being distinct to chameleon, although everyone overall does a solid job.
Considering the complete lack of expectations I had going in, I was somewhat impressed by Sausage Party. Its not great, but the comedy is fast, its quite unique and actually has a far smarter subtext than I expected. Impressive considering the movie sells itself as one long dick joke.
General Audiences: Recommended
Film Buffs: Meh