If you’re one to keep up with the latest big-budget animated movies, you’ve probably heard about the shocking trailer for Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party. Trailers have been circulating the web depicting another expertly animated feature-film that first appears to be family friendly until you hear the anthropomorphic food items dropping the f-bomb amidst scenes of disturbing vegetable violence.
Seth Rogen recently spoke about Sausage Party at Comic-Con and explained what sort of thinking went into the twisted film, and it’s about what you’d expect from Seth Rogen and company.
The movie is co-written by Seth Rogen with his childhood friend Evan Goldberg and long-time Hollywood buddy Jonah Hill. According to Variety, the idea for Sausage Party started with a simple premise: Seth Rogen wanted to make a movie about food. The idea that immediately followed was that the food items should have sex with one another. Essentially, Seth Rogen admitted that Sausage Party is raunchy and disgusting just for the sake of it. He wanted to be the first one to make a Pixar film for adults.
“The day after we knew we wanted to make a movie about food, we decided food had to f*** each other. We were like, ‘Someone is going to make an R-rated Pixar movie one day and I’m going to be pissed if we’re not the guys to do it.'”
But according to Mashable, Seth Rogen didn’t have to coax the animators into turning food into filth. When he and the writers pitched the idea of food having sex, the animators took the concept and ran with it.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
At the end of Sausage Party, many of the characters engage in a full-on food orgy, with condiments standing in for bodily fluids. Apparently, Seth Rogen had to tell the animators to make the scene less sexually explicit.
“Animators are sick people,” he joked.
Being the first to make an R-Rated Pixar film, Seth Rogen was faced with a unique problem. How would the Motion Picture Association of America react to these seemingly pornographic scenes? Would food sex be too explicit for a mere R rating?
“I think the MPAA didn’t know how to handle food,” Seth Rogen said. “They crossed into this unprecedented area of, ‘Is [the sausage] a d***? If it’s a pita bread’s ball sack, is it a ball sack?'”
Seth Rogen and company got off easy because the MPAA ultimately ruled that the food sex doesn’t qualify as real sex, even if the food is an obvious stand-in for human body parts and the actions are undeniably suggestive. Despite the lack of realism, there was no denying Sausage Party at least deserved the “Restricted” rating — which is exactly what Seth Rogen wanted.
While it may seem like a lot of time and money was spent on a single dirty joke from the mind of Seth Rogen, there is apparently a lot of depth to Sausage Party as well. In addition to the shock humor, the movie reportedly contains social commentary on issues like consumerism, religion, and politics.
The plot of Sausage Party begins with the food items’ false belief that being purchased brings them to a kind of spiritual heaven. At the start of the film, the cast of hot dogs, buns, and bagels participate in a cult-like worship of giant gods (humans) believing that leaving the supermarket means venturing into a blissful afterlife, when, in fact, it means being brutally eaten alive. Sausage Party also makes references to real-life political conflicts, such as the Nazi holocaust and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Want to see more? Get a preview of Seth Rogen’s twisted sense of humor in the NSFW red-band trailer below.
Will you be seeing Sausage Party when it hits theaters on August 12?
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