Sausage Party Trailer Reaction

Once upon time, I objected every single adult-animated show that everyone my age and over went a little crazy about. As I grew older, I’ve learned to accept Family Guy, The Simpsons, and even Futurama (now cancelled but available on Netflix) for gracing the small screens to offer their satirical views about the world as we know it. And it’s not just the satire I’ve come to embrace, it’s their animation styles as well. Sure, the producers of those shows throw in some sexual references every now and then, but they proved to be of good taste.

Then there’s this trailer of an adult-animated film that appears to be of poor taste in artery-clogging proportions.

 

The only screenshot I could find that best describes how appalled I am by the Sausage Party trailer is this:

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An overrated SpongeBob meme, I know.

Granted, the potato dropping F-bombs while his skin was being sliced off took me by surprise. But the design that shocked me the most was the hot dog bun named Brenda. Her mouth bears a striking resemblance to the flap of…well, some of you may have taken anatomy classes, so you should know what female part Brenda’s mouth resembles without me having to tell you. (Brenda is voiced by Kristen Wiig, but Miley Cyrus should’ve been cast for the role.)

I initially thought that, because Sausage Party is an animated film, it’s gonna be for both kids and adults. But the whole two minutes of all the anthropomorphic food shouting obscenities every five seconds tells me that it’s 100% intended for the latter group, courtesy of Seth Rogen, who produced and voices the main sausage character Frank (obviously derived from the hot dog’s original name “frankfurter”) in the movie.

My stance on this upcoming animated film is…neutral. Sausage Party looks like it was created out of poor taste, but it does have some potential to be the best R-rated animated comedy of the year. It doesn’t come out until August 11, so even though the MPAA hasn’t given the movie the R-rated stamp, Rogen is aiming for that goal.

The last thing I can say is, Sausage Party might make some of us go totally vegetarian or vegan after the end credits. After all, it is a spoof of the Disney-Pixar film Toy Story. Rogen, you’ve taken adult animation to the next level for the first time in years. My mind is already blown away.

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Sonic the Hedgehog: Running to the Big Screen

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Sonic’s promotional picture for the 2012 Disney animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” No concept artwork for the new Sonic film is being produced at the moment, but this a close second. Courtesy: Wikia

If you saw Sonic among other video game characters in Disney 2012 animated film Wreck-It Ralph, you probably thought that will be the first and last time the Blue Blur would appear on the big screen, right? Wrong!

Sega Sammy has announced Wednesday, Feb. 10 that they are indeed working with Sony Pictures to produce a live-action/CGI-animated hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie to be released in…2018.

There were some Internet whispers about a Sonic film being produced by Sony a couple years ago, with some speculating that if the movie is being made at all, it would be released either this year or in 2017. Some fans, like myself, were elated to hear the news of Sonic scoring his own big-screen gig, and some got impatient when Sega Sammy said it would be completed by 2018. I consider myself to be on the border of excited and impatient. Excited because, like the majority of the Sonic fanbase (which I’ve been a part for 12 years and counting), I have been waiting for a Sonic film, or movie industry chatter of it, to see the light of day; and impatient because two years is too long for us to see the final cut in theaters. Then again, the original Sonic Adventure took 18 months to develop.

I’m also skeptical about the quality of the new Sonic film for two reasons. First, one of the laws of the gaming community dictates that films based on video games do not adhere to source material, therefore we shouldn’t waste our money on film adaptations of such games. To wit, the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie (1993). In this film, Mario and Luigi’s (Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, respectively) plumbing business is being financially ousted by a major construction company in Brooklyn, Princess Daisy studies archaeology at NYU, and Bowser (or King Koopa) attempts to merge the dinosaur-civilized dimension with the human world 65 million years after a meteorite split the universe in two–a story that is the polar opposite of the canon’s plot. I saw some parts of the movie as a kid but not the whole thing, so I saved myself from an incessant head-banging session after hearing from the core Mario fans themselves how badly the movie performed. In 2007, both the late Hoskins and Leguizamo stated in an interview with The Guardian and the autobiography Pimps, Hos, Playas and the Rest of my Hollywood Friends, respectively, that the Super Mario Bros. movie was the worst film they ventured into as actors.
Secondly, live-action/CGI hybrid films suffered a 20-year history of harsh panning from film critics, who deemed Space Jam, Osmosis Jones, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and The Smurfs as extremely pale compared to the first live-action/CGI hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Space Jam was stellar because Michael Jordan was cast to play alongside the Looney Tunes in a intergalactic basketball game against aliens who usurped the talents of Jordan’s NBA peers, but I guess the critics attacked the other films mentioned above for implementing the same formula the 1996 Warner Bros. classic created: cast famous celebrities as either the voices of the cartoon characters or as co-stars with their favorite characters. You can guess which film did either-or.

I hope that whoever is directing the new Sonic movie is so loyal to the franchise he’ll follow the source material and keep the personalities of the Sonic characters intact. Whether the director will base the movie on the games, the comics, or even both remains to be seen. As for which actors will co-star with Sonic and Company…well, I’m expecting they will celebrities who have been Sonic fans since either ’91 or ’98. The game series’s voice-acting cast should remain as they are unless either Jaleel White or Ryan Drummond are called upon to reprise their role of Sonic.

For the next two years, let’s give Sega Sammy and Sony Pictures our best wishes on Sonic’s cinematic endeavor.