A sausage (Rogen) is on a quest to self-discovery. Everything he once believed in will be turned inside out, figuratively and literally.
Taking the mic out of Pixar is no easy task, with the likes of Toy Story, The Incredibles and Up on the roster, no doubt they are the CG animated gods of the industry. Enter Seth Rogen and his merry band of stoners to mess things up (in the best and funniest way possible) and give us a full on gore splattered raunch-fest you can’t keep your eyes away from.
Like Toy Story, our food items are sentient beings… and that’s where the similarity ends to be quite honest. No pretending to be limp or dead when humans are around, in fact the humans are actually worshipped as gods who will take our heroes to the Great Beyond as told in the opening musical number, fear not, there’s only one.
Rogen is Frank a sausage who’s waiting to be taken to the Great Beyond along with his other sausage buddies one of them being Jonah Hill in a cameo. Besides him is a pack of hot dog buns one of them is named Brenda (Kristen Wig) who is something of a destined soul mate. Only after they are taken are they allowed to mate…and to be honest I feel stoned myself after writing that paragraph.
After a pot of honest mustard (Danny McBride) is returned with PTSD he warns everyone about the truth of the great beyond and of course no one believes him. During an accident, Frank along with Brenda a lavash named Kareem and a Bagel voiced by Edward Norton (seriously have I been drinking?) They decide to return to their aisles while also being chased by the main villain, a douche called, Douche.
Now while watching the trailers, I did wonder what else this story had to tell and I was surprised at the religious parallels the movie threw at me. For instance David Krumholtz’s Lavash signifies Islam while Sammy the bagel the Jews, they hate each other but have no idea why. All the food believe in the great beyond without any proof, see where I’m going? Some may roll their eyes at the in your face-ness of it all, but it kind of works here. It won’t convert anyone or make them stand up and say “They’re right!” but it’s entertaining throughout.
Rogen and Goldberg keep their trend of naughty jokes and over the top zaniness to keep you occupied for an hour and a half. The visuals and character animations themselves are worth noting. I go the feeling as if the characters were designed to resemble a man in a suit especially Lavash who looks like a man draped with, well a lavash. Some of the characters resemble their actor counterparts, Salma Hayek’s Teresa Taco has her face planted onto it, while Michael Serra’s Barry does kinda resemble him in some ways. My favourite is Bill Hader’s Firewater who I swear he’s doing a Johnny Depp impression. Either way, the cast do a great job with their animated characters.