The “Sausage Party” trailer begins like any other whimsical animated film, like “Toy Story” and “Cars” but with anthropomorphized food items. But we quickly realize that not all is as it seems when the characters become painfully aware of the fate that awaits them in the kitchen. This foul-mouthed animated is co-written and produced by Seth Rogen, who also voices a rebellious hot dog.
The Oscars showed last year that they’re open to R-rated animation when they nominated Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion film “Anomalisa,” but no R-rated toon has ever won the award. Could “Sausage Party” be the first? It’s directed by Greg Tiernan (best known for “Thomas the Tank Engine” films) and Conrad Vernon (“Shrek 2,” “Madagascar 3”), neither of whom has been feted by the academy yet. And in addition to Rogen, the voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek.
The film will be released by Sony Pictures on August 12. Do you think it will be an Oscar contender, or will it be too edgy for the academy’s tastes? Sound off in the comments section below or in Gold Derby’s movie forum.