‘Sausage Party’ Is Crude, Raunchy, And Offensive On So Many Levels, Yet It Has Some Lessons To Teach Too

Sausage Party, the newly released animated movie, is much more than the usual comedy film that features funny caricatures. In fact, fans would be gravely mistaken for confusing the R-rated animated movie for an animation film that features cute little cartoons usually seen in a Disney animated film. According to News Australia, even adult audiences may find Sausage Party to be crude, raunchy and offensive on several levels.

The film’s story revolves around a sausage named Frank and a hot dog bun named Brenda who harbor a false belief that humans are Gods who will liberate them from the confines of the giant supermarket by taking them into the outside world. Every day, Frank and Brenda, along with the rest of the groceries in the store, sing an optimistic song that suggests that bad times can never befall them as they will be redeemed by their human saviors.

The sausage and the hot dog share their beliefs with other food products, condiments, and beverages that are stocked in the supermarket. The innocent groceries in the giant supermarket continue to enjoy optimism until one day a refunded honey mustard jar returns back to reveal the ugly truth about the outside world. Frank now realizes that the human shoppers are in fact devils who are out to devour them after taking them into their hellish world. The movie then focuses on Frank’s efforts to convince the rest of the supermarket goods of the harsh truth.

Throughout the movie, the groceries are seen cracking never-ending sex jokes and delivering dialogues that are riddled with double entendre. In fact, the New York Times reports that the movie opens with a barrage of profanity that serves as a warning to parents who have unknowingly ventured into the cinema with their children, assuming that Sausage Party will be suitable for kids simply because it is animated. The characters may be cute, colorful, and delightfully animated, but the film is most certainly not suitable for children.

Nitrogen Studios animated the film by humanizing inanimate objects into an animation that can be both graphic and suggestive at times. In fact, the animators have also shown the “humanized groceries” indulging in an extended orgy within the supermarket. According to the Los Angeles Times, Seth Rogen, one of the movie’s scriptwriters, takes credit for realizing the idea of an “adult-geared animation.”

In Seth’s opinion, his team was only able to get away with that level of crude sexual humor because the film was animated, allowing the filmmakers to feature content which they wouldn’t have included in a live-action movie. Otherwise, the film would have been downright pornographic if actual humans had featured in it.

Even though Sausage Party is an adult-themed movie, it is also a movie that criticizes blind religious faiths. Moreover, the movie encourages audiences to work towards unity irrespective of the differences prevalent in society. According to News Australia, Sausage Party draws parallels to events in human history when an encroachment debate arises between the halal bread and a kosher bagel after the kosher foods are displaced from their original aisle by the sauerkraut.

Sausage Party‘s voice cast is impressive and includes Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig, and Salma Hayek. Forbes reports that the movie is an enjoyable animated film except for the fact that the directors did not hire ethnic actors who could have done a better job in lending their voices to characters who have ethnic accents.

The filmmakers hired American actors like Bill Hader and David Krumholtz to voice characters who are Native American, Hispanic, and Palestinian. Ultimately, Sausage Party is a beautifully animated 2D movie that has kaleidoscopic imagery with rich colors and manages to offer interesting insights in the midst of crass humor and debauchery.

[Composite image containing photos by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP Images]