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  • Acting for Two: Bill Hader voices Guacamole, Firewater, and Tequila.
    • Most of the supporting cast (several of them from The Ocean Group, and thus no strangers to this) do this as well.
    • Hell, even Seth Rogen himself had a bit of fun with this, voicing both the main character Frank and another named Sergeant Pepper.
  • All-Star Cast: The film's cast comprises of top-of-the-line actors and comedians like Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and James Franco. Also making appearances are Edward Norton, David Krumholtz, Salma Hayek, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, Bill Hader, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride.
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  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: Inverted. It came close to receiving an NC-17 rating, but was eventually toned down for an R, which is saying something considering what did end up in the movie.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy
    • According to Rogen, this was the reason why Edward Norton agreed to be in the movie.
    • Alan Menken was only recruited to write "The Great Beyond," but loved what he saw of the work in progress so much that he begged to stay on to compose the score.
    • Conrad Vernon agreed to work on the film almost immediately after Rogen described the project to him, as making an R-rated animated film was something he wanted to do since he was a teen. He also cited 1981's Heavy Metal as influential in his decision to work on the film.
  • Banned in China: Self-inficted by the Taiwanese distributor, who canceled the already planned theatrical release so they won't have to deal with angry parents mistaking this as a family-friendly movie.
    • It is also banned in Malaysia. Unsurprising, considering one of the main characters is a hot dog and the largest religion over there is Islam.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: This article about the scene where Douche sucks a juicy box's dick, misquotes Douche's line "If you fucking tell anyone about this... I'm gonna deny it, bro!" as "If you say anything, no one will believe you.”
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    • Another one of Douche's lines from the end of the same scene has been misquoted by the Sausage Party fandom: "I'm coming for you!" has been misquoted as "I'm coming for you, bro!".
  • Billing Displacement: Several.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The Brazilian dub not only features a script adapted by comedy troupe Porta dos Fundos,but also features its members in many roles:
    • Gregório Duvivier (who also voiced Short Fuse in Penguins of Madagascar) voices Barry
    • Rafael Portugal voices Druggie
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    • Luis Lobianco voices Douche
    • Fábio Porchat (who also voiced Olaf in Frozen and Chuck in The Angry Birds Movie) voices Twink
    • Antonio Tabet (who also voiced Hank in Finding Dory) voices Gum
    • João Vicente de Castro voices Tequilla
    • Karina Ramil voices Loretta
    • Gabriel Totoro voices the Pislitz Chips bag
    • Thati Lopes voices Camille Toh
  • Casting Gag
  • Creator Cameo: Both directors have bit parts in the film: Conrad Vernon voices Sauerkraut, Twink and Toilet Paper, voices Greg Tierman voices Potato and a can of noodle soup.
  • Doing It for the Art: Seth Rogen, who made a name for himself with entirely ad-libbed performances in low-key comedies, spent a decade developing and pitching this movie, bringing in animation experts he'd befriended throughout his career to parody the very movies that they became famous for, all because he loves computer-animated movies.
  • Dueling Dubs: There are two Brazilian Portuguese dubs: one made in Rio de Janeiro for theatrical release, and a second made in Sao Paulo at the Dublavideo studio. Not much is known about Dublavideo's version, except for Vagner Fagundes as Barry.
  • Follow the Leader: In the wake of Sausage Party's success, a number of other adult animated movies have been announced by various studios, though none have been released yet. Sony itself has also declared its intent to produce further animated movies for adults.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: David Krumholtz (like many of the other actors in the film) is Jewish. The character he voices is a Muslim stereotype who has a rivalry with a Jewish stereotype.
  • Method Acting: Nick Kroll recorded his lines for Douche while wearing the kind of tacky, loose-fitting tank top that stereotypical douchebag men are known to wear.
  • Network to the Rescue: According to Rogen, he had been trying to pitch the film for almost a decade, but no studio was willing to give an R-rated animated comedy a chance, especially since its hey-day during The Dark Age of Animation had long passed. He finally found luck when Megan Ellison, head of Annapurna Pictures, agreed to help finance the film, with Sony (who was initially hesitant to do it) eventually jumping on board to release the film as well.
  • No Budget: The film has a reported budget of $30 million (other estimates go as low as $19 million.) Keeping in mind that this film has A-list voice talent, and the fact that any film from Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks Animation tends to cost almost triple that amount, you'd expect this to be a direct-to-video movie rather than a theatrically released film. For comparison, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, released a year later, was budgeted at $37 million and was considered "low budget."
  • No Dub for You: Even though it's commonplace for animated films to be dubbed for international markets, the movie will only have a subtitled release in certain areas, for reasons that should be self-explanatory by now. One exception is the version for Spaniard audiences, where it's mandatory for movies to be dubbed there, regardless of content and whether it's live-action or animated.
    • Subverted in Latin America. The movie did receive a Mexico-produced dub there, though it had a very limited run in theaters. The same goes with Japan, albeit it went to DVD and BD exclusively.
  • Parody Assistance: How better to spoof your typical CGI family comedy than to hire Conrad Vernon, who's directed such films himself, as one of the co-directors (it helps that he directed Seth Rogen in Monsters vs. Aliens)? There's also the Alan Menken-penned "The Great Beyond," a send up of exactly the kind of whimsical Disney songs he's made a name for himself with.
    • Bill Hader, a longtime friend and collaborator of Rogen's, has been a Disney regular since 2013 and has been mostly working on their Pixar films. Who better to get to voice three different characters in your Pixar parody than someone who's been working for said company!
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Production Posse
    • The All-Star Cast consists of exactly who you'd expect in a film by the creators of Superbad, This Is the End, and Neighbors. Due to the prevalence of the Celebrity Voice Actor trope, most of the cast are, ironically, veterans of exactly the sort of family-friendly fare that the film lampoons.
    • Alan Menken's team from Galavant (composter Christopher Lennertz and lyricist Glenn Slater) followed him over to this project to co-write the score and song, respectively.
  • Protection from Editors: According to the filmmakers, they actually had full control over production, which was how they were able to get away with much of the film's risque content.
  • Release Date Change: Sony first slated the film's release for June 3, 2016, where it would have competed against Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows in the early stages of what became the 2016 Summer Bomb Buster. They later dumped it to August 12, where it competed against the Petes Dragon remake, Florence Foster Jenkins and the Ben Hur remake, the latter or which was the biggest dud of the summer.
  • Shrug of God: Rogen stated in this interview that he doesn't know how the rules of the food coming to life works and just states that it probably happens the moment they get put on store shelves.
  • Sleeper Hit: Became this after surprisingly good critical and word-of-mouth reviews came in, and has surpassed South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut as the highest-grossing adult animated movie ever.
  • Troubled Production: You can't make the first CGI feature for adults without breaking a few eggs.
    • Seth Rogen spent nearly a decade pitching the film, with the fist of the Animation Age Ghetto coming down hard each time on both the obscene humor and religious message. Even Sony initially dismissed it before he wrote another draft two years later (tellingly, this same studio had no problem making Rogen's The Interview. You know, the movie about assassinating the very much alive at the time Kim Jung Un?). Then the Sony hack in 2014 forced him to rewrite it again just as physical production was starting.
    • Once physical production did get started, co-director Greg Tiernan frequently abused the animation staff, forcing them to work overtime 7 days a week without extra pay, due to the film's small budget, and threatening to blacklist them and remove their names from the credits if they stood up to him (only half of the artists who's work is in the final film show up at the end). Because there's no animation union in Vancouver, where Nitrogen Studios is located, the artists could only either comply or risk never working in the business again.
    • There were several changes made to the script during production at short notice and with little communication to the studio, who had little to no idea what to do next.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lavash's pubic hair was originally visible at the end of the 8-minute food orgy scene, but this gave the film an NC-17 rating. In order to be reassigned with an R rating, his scrotum was digitally shaved.
    • Originally Frank was going to be named Oscar but this was obviously removed to avoid connections to Oscar Myers brand Hotdogs.
    • Mark Osborne was originally tapped to direct the film, but dropped out to work on The Little Prince.
    • According to Joey Tedesco of the Cartoon Palooza, Mr Grits was originally named Uncle Tom's Rice and his design of an old man with white hair. It was changed to avoid Unfortunate Implications. . . which is saying something considering what did get put in the movie.
      • Well, four, if you add the resulting resemblance to Uncle Ben's Rice. There's a reason for having so many Bland-Name Product designs in this picture, after all.
    • According to Nick Kroll, Douche was supposed to be an Evil Brit but the producers felt that he didn't sound Douchy enough.
    • Douche was, in one scene, doing “unsavory physical things with a group of rabbits.” Unsurprisingly, that got cut.
    • A lot of things were shuffled around, altered, or removed altogether between the original script and the finished movie, as explained here. To highlight some of the more important changes:
      • Instead of opening with Frank and the other sausages preparing to sing the film's theme song, the story begins with a corn cob and a mushroom arguing over who will be chosen by the Gods. Furthermore, the lyrics for "The Great Beyond" in the original script are very different than the ones in the finished version.
      • Barry was apparently supposed to be the main character of the story instead of Franknote , and in the original script, there was a mural with a picture of Barry on it, and it's said he's supposed to be The Chosen One.
      • The food massacre happens much earlier in the original script.
      • The song "The End" by The Doors was supposed to play during the scene where Honey Mustard commits suicide.
      • There was a scene where Douche is fighting off a group of rats when he encounters a piece of cheese stuck in a mouse trap. Taking advantage of this, he sacrifices the cheese to the rats, and becomes their leader in the process.
      • The orgy scene happens before the climax in the original script, and it was supposedly much longer and more graphic than in the finished movie. Also, it was mostly restricted to the main gang instead of the entire store.
      • Instead of ending with the foods going through the portal that Gum built into the real world to take on their real creators, the original script concludes with the foods leaving the store after the climactic battle as they set out into the outside world, ending the story with a Fade to White.
      • Darren wasn't going to be controlled by Douche during the film's climax. This was probably added in to coincide with an earlier summer film that Darren's VA was in.
      • Originally, Vash was intended to die near the end of the film in a Heroic Sacrifice, due to the fact that he had reached his expiration date. However, this was changed so that he instead becomes the boyfriend of Sammy Bagel, Jr. This was most likely due to the fact that expiration isn't shown to be fatal in itself to foods and they only die when Darren throws them out.
    • Puff Daddy was offered a role in the movie as a bottle of Courvoisier, he turned down the role because the movie was animated, not live-action.
    • At one point, there was going to be a character named Kummy, a homosexual kumquat who likes to throw double entendres, mostly involving twigs and berries. It's possible that he was removed to reduce the amount of gay characters in the movie or he was replaced by Terica Taco.
  • Word of God:
    • Movie writer Evan Goldberg and executive producer James Weaver state that the movie deliberately tears apart Pixar movies, in large part because nobody else dares to do so. Although it is also believed that the film makes fun of every successful animated film in the past 20 years of when the film came out.

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