From the various sea life in Finding Dory, to children's playthings in Toy Story, to dogs and cats in The Secret Life of Pets, Hollywood is constantly taking everyday objects that shouldn't be able to speak and giving them a voice, often in a humorous, loving tone. However, whereas those are children-oriented, family-friendly movies made by Disney, Pixar and Universal Pictures, make no mistake: Sausage Party is not for those audiences too.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have spent the last three years developing Sausage Party as an adult-oriented, animated movie. It was guaranteed to lean heavily on the style of raunchy, sex-filled humor fans have come to expect from the duo. And as the film's Comic-Con red band trailer clearly shows (see above), fans shouldn't be disappointed on that front.
The synopsis for Sausage Party is pretty straightforward:
A raunchy animated movie about Frank, one sausage on a quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey from the kitchen to the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
The movie created quite a stir during SXSW earlier this year where it was screened early, drawing praise from just about everyone in attendance. Along with the red band trailer, a screening of the film took place at San Diego Comic-Con, and so far, online reactions have been mostly positive. That's not to say vegetables and various non-perishable foods liberally dropping the "F" bomb and hot dogs trying to have sex with buns (which is about as juvenile a joke as they come) is a style of humor for everyone - for now, though it appears early buzz surrounding the movie is quite positive.
Sausage Party was written by Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express), Evan Goldberg (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Kyle Hunter (This is the End), and Ariel Shaffir (The Night Before). The film was directed by Greg Tiernan (the Thomas the Train videos) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2). It features the distinct voice talents of Seth Rogen (as Frank), Kristen Wiig (Brenda), Jonah Hill (Carl), Bill Hader (Guacamole/Firewater), Michael Cera (Barry), James Franco (Toast), Danny McBride (Honey Mustard), Craig Robinson (Mr. Grits), Paul Rudd (Nicky Da Vinci), David Krumholtz (Vash), Nick Kroll (Douche), Ed Norton (Sammy Bagel Jr.), and Salma Hayek (Teresa Taco).
Sausage Party opens in U.S. theaters August 12th, 2016.