If you haven’t seen Sausage Party yet, it’s probably best to exit this article. If you have (or just don’t care about spoilers) then you know Sausage Party ends on something of a cliff hanger. After the food in Shopville liberate themselves from the clutches of the evil Gods (AKA Humanity), the film delves into some meta humor, as the talking food realizes they are actually cartoon characters. Riffing off the ending to Stargate, the food travel through a portal to the real world, to take on the likes of Seth Rogen and Edward Norton.
This wasn’t always the ending however. In the initial cut of the film, the ending actually follows the character through the portal, and we get to see Seth Rogen talk to a hot dog version of himself. So, why the change?
Sequel baiting of course! Straight from the Rogen himself (via Fandango):
It’s something we talk about, yeah. That’s one of the reasons why we took away the (original) ending because we thought, well, if that was the first scene of the next movie it’s probably not what you would want it to be, with them just seeing us and finding us basically.
But the idea of a live-action/animated movie, like a Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-style hybrid is also very exciting, mostly because Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is one of my favorite movies of all time.”
I am so down for this. While I wasn’t totally in love with Sausage Party (review still in progress), I would love to see a sequel and see the food interact with the real world. Sausage Party was at its best when it leaned heavier on the surreal and absurd side, so to see them go further down that rabbit hole (no pun intended) a la Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sounds something ripe with comedic potential. It’d be a combination of the ridiculous humor of Sausage Party and the meta/self-referential humor of Rogen’s previous This Is The End.
Rogen also briefly touched on wanting to become something of an R-rated Pixar:
“We have ideas for other R-rated animated movies that have nothing to do with Sausage Party, and we’re hoping this goes well so we get to make them. And hopefully it won’t take this long to make the next one because it won’t take five years to convince someone to make it. The whole problem before was there was no precedent for it, so hopefully (Sausage Party) will show people that this is a viable thing to do…or it’ll do the opposite and this will be the last R-rated animated movie that ever gets made!”
So, a Sausage Party live-action sequel, and Rogen forming Dixar (*pending name*, I coined that from the film) both seem like they happening. I can dig it, what do you guys think?