It has been quiet a long time since a cartoon for grown-ups came out, I can’t even remember the last grown-up cartoon I watched. What ‘grown-up’ cartoons means to me is, it’s intentionally directed to adults because it has raunchy, crude, mature elements to it (though not necessarily sexual/dirty, but has mature elements to it) which separates it from kid cartoons.
Today, I have chosen to review ‘Sausage Party’, to see how much it scales on the implosivity scale.
*SPOILER ALERT* — there might be some spoilers, you have been warned.
“Groceries happily living in Shopwell’s Supermarket in hopes of being ‘chosen’ to be brought to the ‘Great Beyond’. Unbeknownst to them, what they believe in is a complete sham and a more sinister plan is ahead of them.”
It may look like a dumb movie that only people with very low sense of humor can enjoy, but it’s actually a great, bold movie with big ideas that can give a laugh and can tickle your brain; it is a serio-comic allegory of religion and philosophy. It is your typical cartoon but with mix of Seth Rogen’s style, and if you have watched some works he directed/produced — The Interview, This is the end, Neighbors, Superbad — then you might have an idea of what’s in store.
At the very start, it imitates the way traditional cartoons begin, like Disney, it starts with a song; It incorporates its song with vulgar words and happy visuals of food, dancing along to the beat as they arrange themselves before the grocery store opens. Ironically, they gleefully sing that “nothing shitty will happen to us”, but we know what’s in store for them. As the story progresses, lots of stuff happens— discovery, love, drugs, rape attempts, sexual innuendos, and an emergence of a feminine-hygiene-villain named ‘Douche’; he wants revenge on Frank (Seth Rogen) because he, and other foods, didn’t get to the ‘Great Beyond’ because of Frank. Douche gets stronger whenever he eats one of his kind, food, and proclaims himself as ‘one of the Gods’, which is a big no-no in religion.
Throughout the film, it shows the ideology of faith and religion. In the film, you’ll be hearing the word “Gods” every 3-5 minutes, I kid you not; their “Gods” are the humans, they pray to them, wish to them, sing to them just like what people do. It also presents stereotypes and perspectives on society— all the foods are hyper sexual, like people; they fight because of differences, the fight between bagels and lavash ; sexuality, Teresa Taco (Salma Hayek) and Brenda Bun (Kristen Wiig) moments; LGBT, sexual scenes on orgy scene and romance between Vash (David Krumholtz) and Sammy (Edward Norton)— that we have in our present time.
Although, it does have some dull moments. In some moments, it forces the audience to take it seriously, stopping the comedic momentum it created; it leaves the audience at a blank state and a feeling that the storyline is being rushed because of the tragic shift between its serious and funny moments.
It may have some intellectual element hidden in the movie, but it’s not really big enough for it to breakthrough. Even so, there is something to learn here (depends on the person) but not that much. Though, I had lots of laughs watching this movie, it surpassed what I was expecting it to be.
+ refreshing visuals
+ different feel while watching
+ worth the time
– dull, forced moments
– may be offending
The lower the implosivity the better! 🙂
Image courtesy of movie ‘Sausage Party’