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Sausage Party
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12.13.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Actors:
Seth Rogen
Kristen Wiig
Edward Norton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Turns out the food at your local supermarket is alive and they have some pretty big questions about their existence and purpose in life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

If you judge comedies by how often and how hard you laugh, SAUSAGE PARTY is a pretty darn good movie. It may be juvenile as hell, but you can't deny that at times it's downright hilarious.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's adult-skewed answer to Disney and Pixar films is impressive for how much it respects the anthropomorphic traditions that came before them (look no further than the rousing musical number "The Great Beyond," penned by Disney vet Alan Menken), but also for just how wildly it is willing to diverge off course. The crazy good cast includes most of their usuals (Jonah Hill, James Franco, and pretty much everyone else that was in THIS IS THE END), along with newcomers like Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek. Some of them you won't be able to recognize (Norton in particular), but everyone is pretty funny and clearly not shy or embarrassed by the material.

Suffice to say that the film uses all its talent and star power for some truly "dumb" humor. Every racial caricature and stereotype is lampooned, immature gross out gags come fast and furious, and stoner humor Rogen and Co. are famous for abides throughout. However, SAUSAGE PARTY is also quite clever and has a lot more on its mind then you would expect. The initial joke of food realizing they're being eaten is definitely funny and well-mined, but the movie also tackles heavier themes about faith, existence and finding meaning in life. I can honestly say that walking in to SAUSAGE PARTY at no point did I expect to find an interesting exploration of man's relationship with religion and the moral boundaries of society.

It's just enough to make you not feel bad for laughing so hard at all the silly jokes and potty humor, including the unforgettable sex scene that gives TEAM AMERICA and MACGRUBER a run for its money.

THE EXTRAS

There are some fun extras on this disc, but I would’ve loved a commentary with at least some of the cast.

Gag Reel (7:29): If you’re wondering how there’s a gag reel for an animated movie, this is comprised of footage of each cast member cracking up in the recording booth, which apparently happened after every take. I bet you never expected to see Edward Norton act out an orgy while doing a Woody Allen impression.

Shock and Awe: How Did This Get Made? (5:11): Rogen and his other creative partners recount the process of trying to get this R-rated animated movie made and getting rejected by every studio before the amazing Megan Ellison stepped in.

The Booth (9:28): A look at the recording process from the very first table read to the final production. Also, a bit about how serious actor Edward Norton got involved and brought Kristen Wiig and Salma Hayek with him.

Line-O-Rama (4:57): Alternate takes in the recording booth from pretty much every single cast member. The highlight has to be Ed Norton and David Krumholtz improv-ing their filthy dialogue during the orgy scene.

The Great Beyond: Music of the Gods (4:01): A look at the main theme song from Alan Menken and how they got the Disney legend to work on it.

The Pitch (2:33): This featurette featuring Rogen and Goldberg offering cheesy advice on pitching Hollywood movies was clearly taken from an interview they did during the filming of SUPERBAD. Ironically, the fake movie they used as an example was called SAUSAGE PARTY.

Seth Rogen's Animation Imaginatorium (1:05): A very brief, old-school ad with Rogen as Walt Disney introducing the movie to a young audience.

A Digital Version is also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

SAUSAGE PARTY has all the juvenile jokes you expect from its creators (and a great voice cast to back it up), but it also has a couple clever tricks hidden up its sleeve to make this something you can rewatch. If you're a fan of Rogen and Friends, this is definitely worth picking up.

Extra Tidbit: Nick Kroll now has three separate credits on his IMDB where his character is just known as "Douche." He also originally recorded the entire movie in an English accent, before re-doing it using the "bro" persona from the final film.

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