Adult animated comedies are few and far between, which makes Seth Rogen‘s “Sausage Party,” which premiered at the Mann Village Theatre on Tuesday night, all the more appetizing with its foul-mouthed, sexually-explicit jokes served up by your favorite food.
While it may be targeting an older crowd, Rogen said the movie’s inspiration isn’t entirely R-rated.
“It was largely inspired by our love of children’s animated movies, Pixar movies and DreamWork movies,” said Rogen, who voices the lead, Frank, and created the story alongside Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg.
“We were also huge fans of ‘South Park’ and ‘The Simpsons.’ We just thought one day someone will make an adult-oriented animated movie and we just really wanted it to be the first people to do it,” he continued.
A few of the film’s other voice actors, including Danny McBride and David Krumholtz, also attended the premiere, in addition to Rogen and Hill’s “Superbad” costar Michael Cera, who said “it was so fun to work with those guys and I’m glad to have the opportunity to do it more than once.”
With dozens of children’s animated films between them, the film’s directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan said the R-rated comedy wasn’t a major shift, but it did require some restraint.
“The easy thing that everyone felt that they could do was ‘great we’re being released, we can do whatever the heck we want now because this is for adults,'” said Tiernan.
“Conrad and I had to crawl it back a little bit from there because it’s so easy to be gratuitous and go completely in the opposite direction of what you’re used to doing, but you can’t really watch 90 minutes of that. There’s got to be some heart and soul to the story as well.”
“Sausage Party” bows in theaters on Friday.