March 26, 2016 by NowhereButPop
Does bread normally have a clitoris? That didn’t stop Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from making a hot dog bun look like a vagina in their upcoming movie Sausage Party. The movie is essentially Toy Story but with food instead and made for adults…specifically adults who grew up with Toy Story and the legion of PIXAR movies that shaped their childhood.
Sausage Party is a parody of such films, what with the PIXAR-made-famous trope of bestowing sentience on inanimate objects and the computer animation set to mimic the look and atmosphere of a PIXAR film. In fact, seeing the trailer for the first time, I thought it was a PIXAR movie. When I saw the vagina shaped hot dog buns, I thought to myself “Does PIXAR know that they just turned a vagina into a bun, because I hope they know what they’ve gotten themselves into”. Then once the “fucks” and “shits” started flying I said to myself “I’m not 100% certain, but I don’t think this is a PIXAR movie”.
The film’s initial trailer begins very idyllically in a supermarket where each food product eagerly awaits to be picked up and taken home with a customer. Little do they know of the horrors that await them in the torture chamber known as the kitchen. Sausage Party is a a comedy, make no mistake about that, but Rogen and Goldberg wanted to make it extremely dark too in order to show the audience just how fucked up it would be if food actually had thoughts and feelings.
Casual cooking is turned into torture and murder for the characters in Sausage Party as a head of lettuce is bifurcated, a block of cheese has its brain shaved as its being grated, and a potato is skinned alive while singing an Irish folk song. What makes it even more grisly is that all the characters have no idea of the fate that will befall them once they’ve been purchased. They feel pain and voice that pain and their fear to an audience made up of their predators. Even the baby carrots aren’t spared as a woman casually munches on them while they’re dying screams are for their own mother. In a way, the trailer then becomes this weird mix between Chicken Run and Hostel.
Because of it imbues such absurdist morose darkness on something so random and essential as eating, Rogen and Goldberg had an incredibly difficult time getting a studio to pick up the film. In fact, it took almost eight years for the film to be picked up by a major studio. Upon its release, Sausage Party will be the first ever R-rated computer animated movie made in America. If the trailer makes you squirm in discomfort, it’s because it is supposed to. Sausage Party take inanimate objects and humanizes them, much like a PIXAR film; the difference being however, is that Rogen and Goldberg then proceed to do inhuman things to these humanized characters. The different foods are the protagonists who are trying to avoid their death by eating at the hands of us people. We’re torn on who to root for; the humans who are just eating, oblivious to the fact that they’re murdering their food, or the foods themselves who only want to survive.
Sausage Party is a fucked up movie no doubt, but it’s all for the sake of the noblest causes—Comedy. It’ll force you to contemplate moral quandaries that don’t even exist and shatter the idealism found in all your favorite childhood movies. After all, the trailer raises the all-important question of what’s more disconcerting than seeing a can of spaghetti struggle to stuff his “guts” back in once he’s been slashed open”? Rogen, Goldberg, and their loveable band of miscreants tackled drug lords in Pineapple Express and the apocalypse in This is the End. With Sausage Party, they’re taking on your very childhood. And from the looks of it, they’ll probably win.