Sausage Party (2016)
8 / 10
- Animation is pretty good. Surprisingly great considering it's minuscule budget of nineteen million.
- Voice acting was pretty good.
- Jokes were funny. I especially loved the metahumor it had, and how much the film never took itself too seriously.
- Editing for the most part was fairly decent, as the film flowed at a nice pace.
- Cinematography was great for the most part, as it helps immerse you into the animated CGI world these characters reside in.
- Jokes were a bit repetitive.
- While the story had promise, and a lot of interesting themes, the jokes hijack most of the film, to where it becomes more of an afterthought if anything else.
- Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and Kristin Wiig basically play themselves again into their perspective parts. Not saying it's a bad thing per se, but it's kind of obvious throughout the film.
This is what I'm sure Batman would love to do to our heroes, Frank and Brenda
Have you seen my weiner.....
"Sausage Party" may not be the first r-rated animated film we've ever gotten, but it's certainly one of the better ones. The film takes place in a grocery store, where the food, and various items we buy at the store, are actually alive. Fully aware of their existence, as they even have their own variations of religions based around us humans, as we're often referred to as gods.
Everyday, they sing about how they hope to appease the gods that have created them. According to their prophecies, the gods will enter their store to select a lucky few, and have them ascend into a better world; outside of the store walls.
As you can tell from watching the film, "Sausage Party" takes a subtle jab at religion, and it's quite clever in it's execution. In one particular scene for instance, our sausage hero, Frank (who's voiced by Seth Rogen), is told about the elaborate facade of their religion to keep the masses in line, while keeping everyone ignorant to the harsh truths of the world.
Another example is how it lightly pokes fun at the rivalry between the Israelis and Palestinians, by using a bagel and pastry who hate each other's guts over religious differences, but they later become gay lovers once they get to know each other, which brings me to this next point.
"Sausage Party" seems to be made in the same vein as the controversial "Interview" movie, where nothing is sacred, and Seth's style of humor isn't scared to offend anyone and everyone it can. Armed with a barrage of sex related food jokes, senseless violence and cussing, and you pretty much have "Sausage Party" in a nutshell.
However, i think where this movie really shines is in it's metahumor and fourth wall breaking jokes. Without giving away too much of the film, there's a moment where even the characters themselves are fully aware that they're cartoon characters in a movie, which lends itself to a rather funny setup.
While a lot of the jokes tend to become repetitive throughout the movie, the film was endearingly funny for the most part, as it's certainly one of the funniest comedies that I've seen all year.
The voice acting was fairly decent. Granted, some actors like Kristin Wiig, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen were basically playing themselves as the characters. However, it's just a silly over the top satirical d**k joke film that never seems to take itself too seriously, so it's forgivable for the most part.
Having said all of that though, I have to admit I was rather surprised by the quality of the animation itself. According to various sources, "Sausage Party" was made on a nineteen million dollar budget, which is amazing when you consider the fact that most animated theatrical releases have budgets that are typically much larger than that by comparison. Yet in spite of it's budget, the animation wasn't really that bad at all.
Granted, it's nowhere near the quality rendering you'd to expect see out of a CGI animated Pixar film, or something you'd see out of Dreamworks. But for the most part, the animation was pretty decent.
Although there is some controversy going around that some of the animators were forced to work unpaid overtime, or else they would lose their jobs. I don't know if that's true or not, so please take what I just said with a grain of salt. However, if it is true, then I have to say I'll be very disappointed in Sony and Nitrogen Studios, and it could affect whether or not I'll even bother to watch the next movie.
However, it's unconfirmed on what truly happened thus far, but I just wanted to vent my thoughts on that issue.
But for what the movie happens to be, it's a fun satirical comedy that's worth checking out. Granted, it might seem a bit vulgar if you're not a fan of d**k joke movies. But if you are, then "Sausage Party" is definitely worth seeing.
I wonder if Seth's inspiration for this film might've come from this episode of "Tales from the Darkside"
© 2016 Steven Daniels