Opening with a sub-par musical number and ending with an unfinished and unnecessary meta-perspective, this adult animation was more fun to watch than it is to think about. Sausage Party was littered with everything a typical Seth-Rogan-as-the-main-star film has; race jokes for every culture so no one feels left out, the sexual humour of everyone’s inner pubescent teenager, a semi-intelligent sub-plot about the necessity and outcomes of religion, and of course a whole lot of swearing. This movie was a mess, but it was an intriguing mess nonetheless.
Sausage Party was easy to watch for most of the movie, having a steady pace in expanding the plot and not dwelling too long on the basic characters we didn’t need or want to know more about. There is one scene however that was the most uncomfortable and cringe worthy moment I’ve had to sit through. When (if) you see it, you’ll know what I’m referring to, but it added nothing to benefit any aspect of the film except it’s R-rating and looked like the coked up dream of some sexually frustrated idiot. It wasn’t pleasant, it was hard to laugh at, and unless you’ve been drinking to loosen up your standard of comedy, you’ll likely feel the same.
The movie had a few amazing qualities however, for instance Rogan’s signature cast. He always manages to have the typical favourites (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Craig Robertson, Danny McBride) and this time he was able to have a much larger celebrity base (Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig) thanks to the plethora of animated characters. Appreciation has to go to the directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon as well, for pulling off such a raunchy and risky movie. It’s been advertised well enough that people will see it, but it’s also been visually produced magnificently. The credits were surprisingly short as not as many people worked on the animation like in a Disney or Dreamworks movie, and yet it was still at that high level of fluid and visually stimulating animation.
Ultimately, it’s a movie that’s the first of it’s kind, with 3D-modelled non-rotoscoped CGI and R-rated with a decent budget. It’s important to remember that Seth Rogan didn’t make this film by himself, there were many great writers doing the screenplay who helped Rogan, Goldberg and Hill’s story come to animated life in a semi-successful way. This movie may not revolutionise how animations or adult movies are made, but it will leave a mark on the audience. You’ll smile goofily and shudder, gasp at unbelievable jokes and raise eyebrows at unfunny jokes, but you’ll have a good time if you’re watching it purely for brain-numbing fun, which is the main appeal for these kinds of films.
Sausage Party is out in Australian cinemas on August 12. Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use.
Sabrina Stubbs – Talking Arts