Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Cheap Sausage: Seth Rogen Talks Budget for 'Sausage Party'
Do you know what Sausage Party is?
In case you did not know, Sausage Party is an adults-only animated film being made by Nitrogen Studios, a Canadian studio that has worked on various films, games, and most notably the current seasons of Thomas & Friends. In fact, one of that show's directors is at the helm of this picture alongside DreamWorks director Conrad Vernon.
Sausage Party comes from Seth Rogen and long-time collaborator Evan Goldberg, so with that you already know what you are in for. It's set to be a send-up of today's crop of family-friendly animated features, and will be about anthropomorphic food items in a supermarket. The main character, a sausage, goes on a life-changing quest where he learns why he exists... Oh, and he has to get back to his aisle before the 4th of July sale.
Yes, it sounds delightfully silly, and the antithesis of Foodfight. The duo also promised it would be super-raunchy and would earn its R rating, though to be honest I'd love to see a mainstream American animated feature for adults that doesn't rely on imagery and stuff that's inappropriate for the younger set. You know, an actually "mature" film that's not an indie? But I digress...
Anyways, Rogen spoke with Howard Stern recently, revealing that the budget for the picture will be a small and smart $30 million. Interestingly enough, he also mentioned that the film had the longest production cycle out of everything he has ever worked on. This comes as no surprise, since the film was delayed twice. It's currently set to open on August 12, 2016, and hopefully production hasn't been too rocky.
Despite my frustrations with "adult" animation here in America, I am looking forward to this because Rogen and Goldberg usually hit the mark (This is the End is a recent favorite) and are good at raunchy comedies, plus the premise is cool. Again, a good spoof flick of today's feature animation scene would make for a treat, a sort of Mel Brooks-ian animated feature. Hopefully its a success and it leads to more adult-oriented animated features being made. Even if we have to go through a few raunchy or immature films to get to the good stuff, that's fine. We need to create a market for adult feature animation beyond TV shows adaptations first. (i.e. The Simpsons, South Park, etc.)
Are you anticipating this film? Do you think it'll take off? Sound off below!