Most studio-backed animated features are either intended for viewing by kids or geared towards having family-friendly appeal, which makes it all the easier to appreciate the rare adult-oriented ‘toons, be they raunchy comedies (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Cut), international politically-conscious dramas (Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis) or… however you classify Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.
One such unusual specimen is expected to arrive next year, in the shape of Sausage Party. An original animated feature from Canada’s Nitrogen Studios production company (Happily N’Ever After) that - according to the studio executives - offers “irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor” to spare, Sausage Party has co-financiers in the shapes of Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures – the latter also being behind two of this year’s Best Picture Oscar contenders, American Hustle and Her - and two directors, in Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).
Meanwhile, the producer roster includes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (via their Point Grey Pictures banner); the This Is the End writing/directing pair are sharing the scripting duties for Sausage Party with executive producers Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir (Goon, 50/50), based on Rogen and Goldberg’s original screen story. That plot revolves around a group of supermarket sausages, who fall out of a shopping cart and are confronted with the reality of their existence (naturally), while hurrying to get back on the shelves before the 4th of July weekend sale.
The Wrap reports that Rogen will lend his voice to Sausage Party, along with several players (either main actors or celebrity guest stars) from This Is the End, including James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and David Krumholtz. In addition, the voice cast will include Krisen Wiig (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Edward Norton (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Nick Kroll (The League), with more recognizable name likely to be announced in the future.
Rogen and Co.’s comedy approach isn’t so fresh nowadays as it was before films like Superbad and Pineapple Express, but their love for self-deprecating barbs and commitment to being inspiredly ridiculous ought to make Sausage Party a fun outing – for their fans still onboard the bandwagon, anyway.
Moreover, whereas other lowbrow comedians have struggled to justify their making the jump to the animation medium, at least Sausage Party has a story that couldn’t work the same in live-action (unlike Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights) and isn’t going to be a misguided attempt to make Rogen and Goldberg’s antics palpable for youngsters (looking at you, Rover Dangerfield). Now we just need to cross out fingers and hope the movie doesn’t go too overboard on the (ahem) sausage puns.
Sausage Party is expected to open in theaters in 2015.
Source: The Wrap