Sausage Party

Directed By: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek

There's been an onslaught of animated fare at the box office.  Zootopia, Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets are just a few of the films that have dominated the cinemas over the course of the year.  This is without even considering the multitude of animation in years past.  The one consistent thing about most of this animated fare is that these movies have primarily catered to children with a sprinkling of veiled adult humor for parents.  It's rare, at least at the mainstream box office, that we get animated flicks exclusively geared to adults with more mature humor.  That all changes this weekend with the liberation of Shopwell food products in Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon's Sausage Party.

Food products have come to life at the Shopwell grocery store, and all the foods are obsessed with the fantasy of The Great Beyond.  This entails the joys of being purchased by a human, going outside the store, and finding nothing but pure bliss.  It's safe to say that this starkly contrasts with the reality of what happens to food at the grocery store, a lesson Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) has harshly learned.  An old liquor bottle name Firewater (Bill Hader) warns Honey Mustard never to speak of what he knows.  Elsewhere in the store sausage Frank (Seth Rogen) and hot dog bun Brenda (Kristen Wiig) can't wait to get to the Great Beyond.  Then, they'll be able to do more than just touch tips.  Frank's fellow sausages Carl (Jonah Hill) and Barry (Michael Cera) joke around with him about this.  Those jokes come to a halt when their package is picked by a MILF along with Brenda and her fellow buns.  There's just one problem.  Honey Mustard has been picked up as well, and he does not intend to go down quietly.  From there, an adventure begins that unveils the true nature of the Great Beyond for these clueless food products.

In what might just be a new golden age of animation enamoring a new generation of children, Sausage Party bucks the trend and caters to the adults.  Rude and crude with a plethora of sex jokes, this raucous affair centers on the amusing antics and shenanigans of these living foods.  The real story here, however, is the immense creativity that drives the film.  Think about it for a moment.  The food products for which we shop regularly come to life in a vein not too dissimilar to the likes of Toy Story and Inside Out.  On top of this, we have a writing team that throws in tons of political and cultural references that make Sausage Party a lot savvier than one would imagine.  When you combine this inventiveness with the wild edgy nature of this film and some excellent vocal performances from a talented crop of comedians, you have something truly entertaining on your hands with Sausage Party.

The cast is second to none and creates a host of colorful, hilarious characters that inhabit the Shopwell world.  For their parts as Frank and Brenda, Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig give us cute, comical opposites who have attracted to one another.  Wiig gives us the sugar in the form of a passive bun who believes in The Great Beyond without doubt, while Rogen gives us the spice with a sausage vigorously questioning his faith and what he's known all his life.  Then, we have the bromantic sausage duo in Jonah Hill's Carl and Michael Cera's Barry.  Hill and Cera are a two-man act feeding off each other comically as their characters fight for their lives.  Finally, we have Nick Kroll as Douche.  Juicing up constantly throughout the movie pays big dividends for this funnily angry antagonist.  This doesn't even address the laughs that Salma Hayek's lesbian taco Teresa, Craig Robinson's stereotypically black Mr. Grits, or Bill Hader's Native American Firewater bring to the table.

Sausage Party
is one of the best comedies of the summer and easily the best animated film geared toward an exclusively adult crowd since last year's indie hit Anomalisa (in a very different way admittedly).  This food-filled animated flick is deliciously delightful.  Sausage Party gets a 0.03% rating.  Have some wine coolers with this one.