Does Sausage Party have a post-credits scene, the surprised tucked in at the very end for viewers who haven’t gotten enough raunchy comedy during the first 89 minutes?
The after-credits scene has gone from an occasional surprise for dedicated moviegoers to something of an expectation within certain genres. This scene — sometimes called a stinger — is one that comes after all the credits have ended and most viewers have left the theater to throw away their empty popcorn bags and head to the car.
The post-credits scene is a staple of the superhero genre, with the Marvel movies containing not one but two scenes that play before the credits have ended. Comedies, like Sausage Party, are more of a mixed bag and aren’t as reliable for including a post-credits scene.
So, does Sausage Party have a post-credits scene? According to the site AfterCredits.com, the answer is no. There is no extra scene either during or after the credits.
At first, even critics weren’t sure if the movie would have an extra scene. A rough cut of the movie that showed for critics at the South by Southwest festival earlier this year didn’t have any credits at all, Variety noted. But for a historical reference, Seth Rogen also didn’t include an after-credits scene in his previous movies, including This Is the End or Superbad.
There are some surprises during the credits themselves, Slash Film noted. The movie has a number of surprising stars voicing the talking food, with their credits saved until after the movie has ended.
The rest of the cast includes Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek. Most of them are playing food, but a couple of them are playing humans. We won’t tell you which ones are playing humans though, because there are several voices you likely won’t recognize as belonging to some of these stars until you see the end credits.
But those who do go to see Sausage Party may be caught by surprise by its contents. The raunchiness is a bit out of place in an animated movie, but not at all unexpected in a movie from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill and certainly not a first for a genre that includes movies like South Park: Bigger, Longer, And Uncut.
No, the surprise instead comes in its message about the nature of religion. The movie starts with the foods all living together in the grocery store, hoping to be selected by “the gods,” which happen to be consumers.
As a review in Christianity Today (yes, Christianity Today did review the R-rated Sausage Party), the movie shows quite a bit of depth from there and a deep message about atheism and its role in society.
“If the movie stopped there, it would have been irritatingly dogmatic in the vein of The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais’s humorless anti-religious screed. And certainly Sausage Party suggests an anti-theistic worldview is the most enlightened one. But as the story goes on, Frank (the hero and the lead atheist in the bunch) learns that just because you are pretty sure you’ve apprehended the truth doesn’t give you license to cram that down the throats of those who believe (he puts it in much cruder terms). Sausage Party gives a full-throated defense of tolerance and a condemnation of ethnic and religious feuding, underlined by a subplot involving a pita and a bagel.”
There is at least one advantage to there being no after-credits scene in Sausage Party — viewers can feel safe in getting a head start out the door, unless they’re very interested in seeing who served as the third assistant editor.
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