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Dear gods
You're so divine in each and every way
To you we pray
Dear gods
We pledge our love to you forever more
We always felt we had a special bond
Take us to the Great Beyond
Where we're sure nothing bad happens to food!!
Opening lyrics of The Great Beyond

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg give the early 21st century's biggest middle finger to the Animation Age Ghetto.

Sausage Party is a 2016 CGI-animated feature film that has the dubious honor of being the first R-rated, completely-CGI feature-length film ever producednote . It is a co-production of Point Grey Pictures, Annapurna Pictures, Nitrogen Studios Canada, and Columbia Pictures. Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon (yes, that guy), it features an All-Star Cast of Seth Rogen (who also serves as co-producer), Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Edward Norton, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Salma Hayek. It is yet another collaboration between Rogen and co-screenwriter and co-producer Evan Goldberg, and their eighth film with Sony.

An anthropomorphic sausage named Frank (voiced by Rogen) lives in a supermarket with various other food items and products, who all hope and pray to be picked by a happy customer. When a woman comes in and purchases Frank and several others, the foods are delighted when they are taken home and believed to be fulfilling their destiny. However, this "destiny" turns out to be what you expect it to be. After Frank is told the true nature of food, he must devise a plan to help himself and his surviving food buddies escape and discover the meaning of his and all of foods' existence, and all on the run from his true enemy, a ruthless douche (literally!) hell-bent on murdering him and all of his friends.

This plot gets served with a side of adult visual puns, rampant profanity, double entendres, and over-the-top sexual innuendos and ethnic stereotyping, all in a raunchy parody of modern animated family films from the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation.

A rough cut of Sausage Party (dubbed as a "work-in-progress" cut) was first shown during the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas on March 14, 2016, with a Red Band trailer posted online shortly thereafter. The final cut was released in the United States on August 12, 2016. As of October 2022, a television series follow-up, Sausage Party: Foodtopia has been ordered by Prime Video, with a 2024 release window. Co-writers Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter will serve as showrunners and much of the original cast, led by Rogen, will return.

Here's the official website.

Oh, and don't eat during this movie. Don't eat after it, either. And especially don't eat during the climax.

Dear Tropes, you're so divine in each and every way...

  • Accidental Pervert: Camille Toh places a large wine bottle between her thighs to unscrew the cork. The wine bottle does not enjoy it one bit.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Several characters, but three that stand out are Douche, Honey Mustard, and Gum.note  Could potentially apply to Frank, depending on local slang and if he's all-beef, all-pork, or a mixture of both.
  • Advertised Extra: Peanut Butter. He's featured prominently in the trailers, but he is really only in the shopping cart scene and its aftermath.
  • Affably Evil: The Humans. Of course, to us, eating food is 100% normal; it's what we do to survive. The film even shows that Humans have no idea that food is sentient and can actually walk and talk, requiring Bath Salts to see all of this. When a Stoner becomes high as a kite on the stuff, he is horrified to learn how much pain he has caused all of his food.
  • Affectionate Parody: Despite going out of their way to deconstruct, subvert and viciously satirize modern animated films, the writers have made it perfectly clear that they would not have done so if they didn't love them.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": The main character is a frankfurter called...Frank.
  • Animated Shock Comedy: While there is Character Development and a solid plot, there is also a lot of line-crossing humor along with innuendos.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: And the first R-rated one!note 
  • All Just a Dream: After getting high on Bath Salts, a Stoner can see that the food is alive, and promises to help them get home. However, after falling asleep, he wakes up completely sober and believes that everything that happened was a Drug-induced hallucination. Naturally, he has the munchies as well...
  • Alternate Universe: The film is set in two different perspectives: that of the foods, and that of the humans. The humans are unable to see the emotions and/or movements of the foods; in fact, all they see is just lifeless objects. That is, except when they're high on bath salts.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The film ends with the main cast discovering they're cartoons, and walking through a Stargate to our dimension to cut the strings, metaphorically speaking.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Taken to its logical extreme. How would food feel if it knew its destiny was to be eaten?
  • Apathetic Clerk: Darren clearly hates his job, is outright rude to the customers, and calls Camille a "MILF" not only to her face, but also over the intercom.
  • Art Shift: The film switches from CGI to hand-drawn animation when Firewater reveals to Frank the story of when he, Twink and Mr. Grits made up the concept of the great beyond (as well as the song).
  • Art-Style Dissonance: The characters and setting effectively look like something out of a Pixar or DreamWorks Animation movie, but bear in mind that it's written by the same people behind Pineapple Express and Superbad.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: As it turns out, being Anthropomorphic Food hurts!
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Douche, who drank a lot of liquids from all the beverages he faced, including the dying grape juice box, the tequila, and the vodka.
  • Audible Sharpness: Camille Toh's knife when she peels Potato's skin.
  • Author Tract: In light of the tropes Anvilicious, and What Do You Mean, It's Not Political? here, it's also true that Seth Rogen is a Jewish comedian who's not averse to recreational drug use, and this film has been a pet project of his for some time by his own admission.
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: Let loose by Gum, whilst regenerating from a gunshot that took out a good portion of his ‘head’.
    “Matter cannot be created or destroyed, human. You have made a fatal error in judgement. Let me educate you.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Gum first introduces himself he is behind a bong until he tells the food that they can call him Gum, so it initially looks like Toilet Paper declares the bong as the smartest being alive.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The foods learn it the hard way that they don't want to be picked by a human at a supermarket.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: Averted. "The Great Beyond" gives the foods a greater feeling of purpose so they won't live out their days in the supermarket in paranoid misery until they're ultimately bought and killed. Frank ignores the fact that this is literally all the food has ever known and initially fails to get them to believe him just by telling them that their beliefs are wrong.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Douche, Darren, and humanity itself.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the climax, when Brenda is chosen, Barry and the survivors from the stoner's house show up with the latter's decapitated head.
  • Big Good: Firewater. He's the main food who knows the truth, and he also made up the concept of the Great Beyond.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The bottle of tequila that asks the band to follow him is labeled "Sigueme" ("Follow me" in Spanish).
  • Black Comedy: This movie runs on it. It is rambunctiously vulgar and line-crossing in more ways than one.
  • Bloodless Carnage: But plenty of juice, crumbs and chewed-up bits in its place! In fact, when the wine bottle is uncorked, some of it splatters on the sausages to look like something more gruesome. Frank also shows the other foods in the market a picture of a bun and a sausage getting eaten with ketchup splattering like blood.
    • The Peanut Butter Jar trying to revive the broken Jelly glass and is even seen rubbing Jelly onto himself.
    • Amazingly, even the severed head of the drug addict only has a bit of blood around the neck wound.
    • Averted when Darren’s eyeball lands on the peanuts and not only does it leave blood, but also leave the entrails in it’s place.
  • Bloody Handprint: Happens with jam instead of blood when the peanut butter wipes his brow in grief after touching the jelly's splattered red remains.
  • Body Horror: Happens to the various foods:
    • A potato has his skin peeled off, before being dropped into a pot of boiling water.
    • A cabbage has her eyes gouged before she is split in half.
    • A block of cheese is grated.
    • A loaf of bread is sliced.
    • Nachos get microwaved.
    • Baby carrots are chewed up.
    • A can of noodles is split open with the noodles coming out like intestines.
    • A banana has his face peeled off.
    • Bacon is cooked alive.
    • A tomato is sliced in half.
    • Carl is knifed in the back and split in half.
  • Book Ends: The movie opens with a musical number ("The Great Beyond") and the ending credits feature its Triumphant Reprise ("The Great Beyond Around The World").
  • Bowdlerise:
    • The Green Band trailer removes most of the profanity from the Red Band trailer. For instance, Carl's line is redubbed with him saying "They're eating children! THEY'RE JUST CHILDREN!"
    • Additionally, the toilet paper's line of him saying "You don't want to fucking know" is redubbed with him saying "You don't want to freaking know."
    • Brenda, attacking the human woman in the trailer, had her "Stay away from my sausage, you skank" line redubbed with her saying "psycho" instead of "skank".
    • Nearly a minute's worth of film has been cut out for its Latin American release. The food orgy in particular suffered the most edits, with some of the more questionable moments removed from it. Time will tell whether these edits will be carried over to the home video release in that region.
    • This trope is even in effect with FX's airing. Despite how much it retains, it swaps the F-bombs or outright cuts them, which ruins the pacing at times. There is also a TV-14 version, where even more cuts are made to the original TV version.
      • Gum telling Barry to suck his "pink cock" is redubbed with him saying "Kiss my pink ass".
      • Instead of saying "For the love of shit, RUN!!!", the baby carrots say "I don't wanna die!"
      • "In other words we finally get to fuck 4x" has the F-bomb replaced with "bang".
      • The food orgy scene is also cut down considerably. About halfway through, the screen cuts to black with the word "Censored!!!" until cutting to outside the supermarket after it's ended.
      • Despite all these edits, the film still earned a TV-MA-LSV rating, and two c-words were left in.
      • Not only that, the Spanish dub (via SAP) does not censor any such offensive language in either of the TV versions.
  • Booze-Based Buff: Douche becomes stronger with each bottle or can of alcohol he murders and drinks.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • Deconstructed. Frank's revelation was delivered so abrasively that it was not initially accepted.
    • Played straight when Barry answers Frank's question if Carl suffered when he died.
  • Camp Gay: The fruits. There's also Twink, who goes as far as to give Frank a kiss on the lips before he leaves.note 
  • Canada, Eh?: A six-pack of Canadian beer brushes past Brenda in the liquor aisle, with each can giving a cheery "Sooree!" as it does.
  • Cassandra Truth: Happens with Honey Mustard (and later, Frank) when he tries to tell the other foods the truth about the Great Beyond. Actually played with on Frank's part in that the food items believe him completely when he comes to them with proof. It's only when they realize they can't run, can't hide, and have no way of fighting back that they convince themselves he's full of it.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Bath Salts are the key to communication between food and humans.
  • Close on Title: The film's title doesn't appear until the very end of the credits.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Present throughout the entire movie. However particular examples include:
    • Berry's "shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!"
    • Teresa del Taco delivers one to Douche in Spanish.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The food world is full of bright colors and filled with the sense of fun, happiness, ecstasy and comfort. The human world has greyish and toned down colors to show the mundaneness of life.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Under the belief that humans are supposed to be their saviors, food products greet being snatched up by customers as if they are chosen by gods. However, when they find out that their whole purpose in life is to be eaten, the movie takes a turn for the horrifying.
  • Country Matters: Douche's package advertises that he is "Country Fresh". The actual c-word is dropped a few times, also.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The film could have easily fooled most into thinking this was a Pixar movie, hell, a kid's movie in general, thanks to its adorable interpretation of living food.
  • Creator Cameo: Both directors have bit parts in the film: Conrad Vernon voices Sauerkraut, Twink and Toilet Paper. Greg Tierman voices Potato and a can of noodle soup.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Several. A potato gets skinned alive, a block of cheese gets grated, bacon get cooked alive, baby carrots get chewed up when they attempt to escape, and a cabbage has thumbs gouge out her eyes before being split in half.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the movie climax there is a battle between the shoppers and the food, before the former become aware of the food's true nature due to the bath salts. The humans Go Mad from the Revelation and start killing food. However, the shoppers only manage to slaughter Druggie's food and a few more due to the surprise element. Once the food manage to get over the fact that their "gods" are not as godly as they think, they get the upper hand, easily overpowering the humans and killing them all.
  • Curse Cut Short: One commercial cuts Mr. Grits' phrase short, "Mother-" before cutting to the title.
  • Dark Reprise: Sort of. Although the song and its composition remain unchanged, "The Great Beyond" feels a bit creepier when it's sung the second time, as the audience now knows exactly what the titular place entails and Frank is desperately pleading with everyone to head his warnings.
  • Dark World: Kitchenware is found in the dark aisle.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: When Sammy and Lavash return to their aisles, they are scolded by Gefilte Fish and Baba Ganoush respectively for traveling back together.
  • Deadly Euphemism: The foods are taught that their destiny is to be bought by a human and chosen by them. This actually translates to being cooked and cut for meals, and Barry ultimately discovers this truth with the other foods when the woman begins cutting and eating some foods.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Can be seen as a particularly harsh one of the traditional anthropomorphism of objects and animals seen in Disney and Pixar movies. How would anthropomorphized food react to the fact that their true purpose in life is to be eaten? The film also shows that anthropomorphic objects that act like human beings would logically engage in the same complex and unsavory behaviors humans do (forming belief systems, having prejudiced views, exploring their sexuality, doing drugs, etc).
    • Also one of VeggieTales, which also includes anthropomorphic food talking about religion.
  • Deconstructed Trope: In most talking animal stories, there's usually one person who is able to talk to the animals, usually via a magical power. In Sausage Party, this magical power is just bath salts melted into a liquid and shot up. The stoner who shows us the effects also shows us just how someone would actually react to talking animals, or in this case, talking food.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Using a douche is analogous to sex on the douche's end. Douche, one of the main baddies, is quite eager to be used on a woman who bought him, and is prevented from doing so. Later, he forces himself up antagonist Darren's ass, his equivalent of rape, to control him, explicitly stating that "a hole's a hole."
    • In the end, all the foods celebrate their victory by having sex with each other regardless of gender.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The foods take up the fight against their human masters, and they win!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?
  • Double Entendre:
    • The title of the movie itself. The term "sausage party" refers to a situation where a party has more men than women, and the "sausage" is equated to a man's penis.
    • The "Glamour Buns" are hot dog buns, they're all female, and their mouths look like vaginas. Since the hot dogs are all male, putting a hot dog in a bun would, in the foods' perspective, translate to sexual intercourse.
    • The Irish potatoes are referred to as "Bag 'O Gees." "Gee" is an Irish slang for "vagina".
    • A movie poster, pictured above, featuring Frank (a hotdog) starting off horizontal and slowly bending upward with a giant smile on his face and the tagline "A hero will rise." Frank looks very reminiscent of an erect penis in the picture.
    • Another poster featuring Brenda and Frank has the tagline "get your fill."
    • The Cocktail Mixer bottle that gets harassed by Douche is labeled "Cherry Popper".
    • Frank and Brenda agreeing to just "touch tips", in their case by touching each others fingers.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Played for Laughs when Teresa forces herself onto Brenda during the climactic orgy scene.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Amidst all the consensual sex Sammy and Lavash have during the food orgy is a moment where Sammy, bound and blindfolded, uses the safety word — and Lavash doesn't stop.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
    • After getting rid of the humans who killed and ate them all the time, the foods are free to make their own destinies, and Frank and Brenda are finally together for good.
    • Barry also learns to be less of a coward when he becomes the lone survivor of the meal Camille Toh cooks and has to save Frank all on his own.
  • Eaten Alive:
    • What really awaits all the foods once they're bought by the humans. Frank and the other characters find this out the hard way.
    • He is seen showing every food in the market an image of a bun and a sausage both getting eaten alive by an unseen women. The looks on their faces doesn't help, and the ketchup on them looks like blood.
  • Eats Babies: Baby Carrots are the victims of this trope thanks to humans.
  • Eldritch Location: The "Outside World" as Barry would attest after finding the used condom and the zombified corn in there.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: And how! After defeating the humans, all the foods celebrate by having a massive orgy.
  • Everything Talks: In addition to the food obviously, drinks can also count & we also have a douche, a light bulb, a roll of toilet paper, a tampon, and a condom that all talk.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The film takes place over roughly 24 hours.
  • Eye Scream: A head of lettuce has thumbs lodged into her eyes before she gets torn apart, and a strip of bacon's eye bursts as they're being fried.
  • Faint in Shock: Some of the hot dog buns fall to the floor when they see a human woman eating the baby carrots.
  • Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: Jars of sauerkraut forming a fascist dictatorship and genociding juice and kosher foods. Obviously an absurdist WWII.
    • Mediterranean foods and Ashkenazi Jewish foods don't get along because the Jewish foods foods "invaded" their section of the Middle Eastern aisle and displaced the tabouleh. A bonkers version of the Arab–Israeli Conflict.
  • Fantastic Racism: Sauerkraut is anti-Semitic against juice.
    • Mediterranean foods and Ashkenazi Jewish foods hate each other.
    • Peanuts hate Fruits. No reason is given.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: Right at the end of the Sex Montage. Combined with Freeze Frame Bonuses.
  • Finger-Snapping Street Gang: When the Fruit prepare to go into battle, they dance and snap their fingers.
  • Flaying Alive: The Potato screaming in pain as his skin is peeled off. A banana's face peels off after the shopping-cart crash.
  • Food Porn: Subverted, but it literally occurs at the end of the movie. With the entire cast.
  • Foreshadowing: During the beginning of the movie, Barry remarks that he's sure there's a squished bun out there that he can go inside. After Brenda accidentally squishes a bun by the name of Sally, the two of them end up encountering each other after the death of the humans.
    • According to Firewater, the concept of the Great Beyond came to him when he was "fuck-a-guy" baked. Guess what he does with Twink during the orgy scene?
    • When Honey Mustard attempts to warn the other foods in the cart about the truth of the Great Beyond, Brenda questions whether he's honey or mustard and that it's either "make up your mind or kill yourself". Honey Mustard chooses the latter.
  • For Want of a Nail: The entire plot gets set in motion because one guy accidentally grabbed honey mustard instead of yellow mustard and went back to swap them.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • There's quite a few at the end of the food orgy. Special mention goes to the gratuitous closeup still of a hairy anus, for no other reason than it's that kind of movie.
    • According to the cover, the cookbook Frank finds is published by Clam Bake Books, Inc. A "clam bake" is the Distaff Counterpart to a "sausage party."
    • The druggie has a carton from a Chinese restaurant whose name is “Pu Ping”. Interestingly, it doesn’t appear to be sentient.
  • Funny Background Event: It's a very subtle detail, but whenever someone says "Firewater", you can hear an eagle screech in the background.
  • Gainax Ending: Seemingly out of nowhere, Firewater discovers that everyone is simply cartoon characters and our heroes enter a stargate bound for the real world.
    • And that's not even mentioning the food orgy.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Carl slaps Barry and tells him to "snap the fuck out of it" in order to get him out of his Heroic BSoD and run for his life after they witness Camille Toh slaughtering their companions.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: During the food orgy scene, Teresa del Taco forces herself onto Brenda, and as a result Frank, Lavash and Sammy start masturbating to the taco-on-bun process.
  • God and Satan Are Both Jerks: The shoppers (who the Food look up to as gods) murder and eat the Food while Darren (who the Food refer to as "The Dark Lord") throws food away once it's expired.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Honey Mustard cheered as he plummeted to his death.
  • Gorn: A comedic example: because the characters are food, they regularly suffer horrific and gruesome deaths that would make Sausage Party the goriest movie in history otherwise. One scene even takes after Saving Private Ryan, complete with a can of spaghetti trying to put its "intestines" back into itself.
  • Gulliver Tie-Down: The residents of the candy aisle clothesline a fat human with Twizzlers, then tie him down with more of the same so they can force Mentos and soda down his throat.
  • Hair-Trigger Sound Effect: Any mention of Firewater (*screech*) is answered by the distant cry of an eagle.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Happens with a tomato, and later Carl.
  • Hate Sink: Douche embodies his name both literally and figuratively. At first acting like a cocky frat bro over finally being purchased, he completely snaps and vows revenge on Frank for seemingly causing him to be rendered unusable in an accident. Douche proceeds to bulk himself up by murdering various products in ways analogous to rape before forcing himself up a store clerk's ass to control him so he can massacre everybody Frank loves.
  • The Hedonist: The foods go overboard with this by having a massive orgy with one another after killing the human Gods.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A packet of mints and a bottle of cola throw themselves into a customer's mouth during the climax to kill him.
  • Hidden Eyes: Camille's eyes are shrouded in shadows as she massacres the food.
  • Hide Your Children: Downplayed in regard to the anthropomorphic characters, but pretty much played straight in regard to the Humans. There's the Baby Carrots and Eggs that Douche interacts with, but there are no human children physically seen in the movie aside from pictures in the cookbook and cartoon illustrations on the Cereal Box (which is probably a good thing).
  • Higher Understanding Through Drugs:
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: It doesn't seem this way to the foods at first, and they're in fact made to believe humans are their saviors. Then a potato gets his skin peeled off...
  • Humans Are Bastards: To the food, very much so, but only after learning what their true fate is outside of the Grocery Store doors. It is justified however as the humans do not know that the food are alive. Even when the Druggie finds the food is alive, he really is willing to help them get home.
    • When the Humans are shot with toothpicks laced with Bath Salts, they begin to see the food for what they really are. Do they try to make contact with these new and intelligent beings? No, they simply begin killing them outright in a more direct manner than before.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: At first the food view the humans as divine beings. They then start to mutilate and eat them for no understandable reason (at least in the foods' perspective). According to Firewater, the more foods they eat, the stronger they become...because, of course, food is what gives living beings energy.
  • Humans Are Morons: Every Human character is presented as being quite dumb. Special mention to The Druggie, whose ineptitude ends up getting him killed.
  • Hurricane of Puns: This movie is chock-full of Stealth Puns, Visual Puns, and Punny Names.
    • In fact, this is a Running Gag with Douche where he keeps accidentally making food puns.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Hitler-esque sauerkraut who wants to exterminate the juice calls Frank an intolerant piece of shit when he tells the food that "The Great Beyond" is a lie.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Lesbian taco Teresa falls for Brenda. Though Brenda reciprocates and is willing to give it a try, she refuses due to already having a boyfriend.
  • I Have a Family: A tomato calls out that he's "got a famiglia" before the woman chops him in half.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: How the food orgy, er, climaxes. It manages to scare a flock of birds off the roof of the market.
  • Indestructible Edible: A Twinkie is one of the Non-Perishables.
  • Interspecies Romance: A variant in terms of food groups. Sausages, which are part of the meat group, are known to have romantic relationships with hot dog buns, which are part of the grains group. The main relationship here is between Frank, a sausage, and Brenda, a hot dog bun.
  • Irony: The humans do take food to The Great Beyond, just not in the way they thought.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Before the baby carrots are eaten, one screams for their mother.
  • Jerkass: When your name is Douche, it's pretty apparent fate has already spelled out your persona.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Frank telling off the other groceries for not believing him may have been harsh, but you can’t exactly disagree with him since they are basically believing something blindly. It really shows how the groceries reacted when they find out Frank was right.
  • Kill the God: The foods decide to do this when they realize that it's possible to kill humans and they learn the truth about the Great Beyond.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When trying to tell the supermarket the truth about the great beyond, Frank starts off with telling them to lend their ears. . . of corn. The corn themselves just groan and roll their eyes.
  • Large Ham: Carl, especially when he sees the woman eating baby carrots.
    "They're eating children! FUCKING CHILDREN!!!"
  • Let's Meet the Meat: The film plays around with the concept and the implications that revolve around it, as the foods are led to believe that humans taking them home is a good thing and are outright horrified when they discover that humans eat them.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Teresa is attracted to Brenda and is very feminine.
  • Literal Metaphor: Douche is well, a douche.
  • Lovecraft Lite: The whole story has all the Cosmic Horror Story markers, yet it makes the food protagonists successfully fighting back their "gods".
  • Lost in Translation: Many of the food-related jokes that involve puns are lost in some foreign dubs, especially any of the jokes regarding the similarity between the pronunciation of the word "Jews" with "Juice".
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Food actually having porn.
  • Male Gaze:
    • Douche pining after Camille Toh as she leaves the supermarket without him is punctuated by a slow-motion shot of her large bottom walking away.
    • Also, lesbian gaze with all of the times Teresa stares at Brenda's butt.
  • Marshmallow Hell:
    • Played for Laughs in this poster with Frank and Brenda.
    • The "Great Beyond" musical number features a head of red lettuce smiling as a human woman hugs him against her breasts.
  • Magical Native American: Firewater is one of the few foods to be aware of what awaits the foods once they leave the grocery store.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • Happens whenever Darren shows up to throw expired products away.
    • Happens when all the foods purchased by Camille Toh (Barry and Carl included) learn the truth about "The Great Beyond". Pretty much summed up by Carl.
    • All of the Druggie's foods when they realize that he has sobered up.
    • All the foods in the store when they see their "gods" are eating them, seeing Frank was right.
  • Medium Awareness: The movie ends with Firewater and Gum once again getting high and realizing that none of the characters are actually real and that their entire world is actually a cartoon. Gum builds a Stargate out of a toilet seat and invites the main characters to travel into the real world to teach their creators a lesson.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Just because Frank had proof that "The Great Beyond" was a lie doesn't mean everyone would automatically believe him, especially since he didn't have a plan to save everyone from being eaten by the gods. Barry even calls him out on it for calling them stupid for not believing in him.
  • Morton's Fork: If the foods aren't bought by the grocers, they'll be going straight to the trash can. But if the foods ARE bought by the grocers, they'll be murdered...gruesomely.
  • Mouth Cam: When the woman crunches up the baby carrots.
  • Mushroom Samba: Humans have to through one of these in order to see the food being sentient.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When The Druggie gets high on Bath Salts, he is able to see that food is actually alive and sentient. After being chewed out by the food (and a Toilet roll) he is visibly distraught over how he has made them all suffer, and vows to never eat food again. Unfortunately, this doesn't last...
    The Druggie: "I've committed Pizza Genocide!"
  • National Animal Stereotypes: Or rather "Food" instead of "Animal". The movie leaves no stone unturrned when portraying different people as different foods, except for the French.
    • Sausages and Buns are White Anglo Saxon Protestants.
    • Potatoes are Irish.
    • Tomatoes are Italian.
    • Mediterranean Foods are Muslims while Ashkenazi Jewish Foods are Jews. And, of course, they don't get along unless Hummus is involved.
    • Juice are Orthodox Jews, as seen in the flashback, with the notable exception of the juice box Douche murders.
    • Chip Bags are Fat People.
    • Fruits are Gay.
    • Tea Bags are British.
    • Olives are Greek.
    • Soy Sauces and Noodles are Chinese.
    • Curry Jars are Indian, although the Indian Subcontinent has a significant Muslim population.
    • Teriyaki Sauces are Japanese.
    • Sauerkraut are German (and Nazis).
    • Mexican Food. That should be self explanatory. (and they're also Illegal).
    • Cider Bottles and Peanuts are Southern American.
    • Candy is Military.
    • Canadian Beer. Again, self explanatory.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer makes it look as though Frank is brought to Camille's house, where he is exposed to the truth about food. In fact, Frank, Brenda, and other foods are knocked out of Camille's cart while trying to save Honey Mustard and never leave the store; the hot dogs that witness the slaughter are Barry and Carl.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: The cookbook looks like this to Frank, as it depicts images of humans preparing and eating anthropomorphic food.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
  • No Endor Holocaust: The ending in which the food discover that they are actually cartoons and enter the real world to get revenge on their creators effectively cancels the expected Foregone Conclusion that the food is either destroyed by the humans, or that it rots away on the shelves.
  • Noodle People: Not always in a literal sense; most of the food characters are designed as regular food with the "rubber hose" limbs.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: The "Glamour Buns" have a very noticeable bosom, even when they're supposed to be living bread.
  • No Periods, Period: A gentle, shy tampon accidentally steps in a pool of red fluid near the end. Absorbing it causes her to bloat, redden, and instantly begin roaring angrily in a deep voice.
  • Obliviously Evil: Human beings aren't aware of food being sapient as mentioned in Alternate Universe, so they've no idea how they've been torturing what they consider inanimate.
  • Off with His Head!: The stoner loses control of Barry in his house and trips on a few things, which leads to an ornamental axe slicing his head off. Barry takes said head with him.
  • Oireland: The Irish potato speaks, of course, with a strong Irish accent. Bonus points for his voice actor being Irish. Well, Irish-Canadian to be exact.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: During Camille's food massacre.
  • One-Gender Race: All sausages are male and all hot dog buns are female.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Barry encounters a pile of poo with undead corn sticking out of it. They don't attack him though, just groan in misery at him.
  • Overly Long Name: Gum has one consisting entirely of his ingredients, but for expediency's sake, you can call him "Gum".
  • 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!
  • Pun-Based Creature: The only food items that are treated like animals are horseradish, which act and are ridden on like horses.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Carl clearly didn't anticipate the woman to start slaughtering the food.
    "What. The. FUCK?!"
  • Punny Name:
  • Rage Against the Heavens: The movie ends with them going after the creators of the film.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Douche drinking the busted juice box through its "crotch" is framed to look like cunnilingus, but despite the absurdity, it's not played as a joke.
    • Likewise, a used condom Barry encounters in the gutters is traumatized to insanity by what happened to it.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: Happens between Barry and the Druggie when the latter sees the former for the first time.
  • Recycled Animation: The opening shot of Darren yawning and unlocking the doors in the morning is reused in the second singing of "The Great Beyond".
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The final scene involves the characters teleporting to the real world and revolting against the actors who portray them.
  • R-Rated Opening: The very first word of the whole movie is "shit", which is then followed by one of the biggest line crossing musical numbers in animation cinema.
  • Rubber-Hose Limbs: The sausages, and a lot of the other foods, have these.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: The whole premise of the movie is a world where our food is sapient.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Two baby carrots attempt to escape the woman's food onslaught by jumping off the counter. It doesn't go too well for them.
  • Self-Deprecation: At the end when the food learn that they are cartoons, Firewater takes a jab at Seth Rogen, calling him a "demented schlubby Jewish actor", while Sammy asks who would give a child the "stupid cunt name" of Edward Norton, which he pronounces as Ed-Ward Nor-Ton.
  • Sex Montage: Near the end of the movie, there is an extended orgy scene between the main gang...and between all the other foods in the store. Tons of innuendos ensue.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The foods that manage to survive the cart collision (which kills several foods as well as separates Frank and Brenda from their friends) have to get eaten by the Humans.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Gum's incredibly long name is in fact a list of the ingredients in gum.
    • When the Mexican foods hang a human and use it as a piñata, they actually sing the traditional song used when breaking piñatas.
  • Slasher Smile: Douche has one of these while choking Frank.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Quite debatable actually. The movie actually portrays a somewhat nihilistic edge to its whole social satire aspect and yet portrays sort of the idealistic spirit, heart, and emotion of a Pixar film.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: The utter apathy of the human employees of the supermarket (one even loudly complaining how much he hates his job) points to this.
  • South of the Border: The Mexican food aisle, which has a cantina and is populated with tequila bottles, tortillas, chips, salsas and taco shells. Lampshaded by Sammy:
    Sammy: This has a nice south-to-the-border vibe.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Firewater, whose speech pattern was described by Bill Hader as somewhere between a stereotypical Native American, Johnny Carson and a teenage girl.
  • Species Surname: Frank's main squeeze is a bun named Brenda Bunson and their three companions on the trip back to their aisles are Sammy Bagel, Jr., Teresa del Taco, and Lavash.note 
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The shopping cart collision and the food massacre certainly qualify as this, as we see cutesy cartoon characters being mercilessly and graphically killed.
  • Stalactite Spite: Kitchen knives in the Dark Aisle, after Frank knocks over a carousel of them.
  • Stealth Pun: The orgy that concludes the film. It's food porn!
    • The sauerkraut is a parody of Hitler, literally a "sour kraut".
    • The nuts are prejudiced against fruit because "God hates figs." They're religeous nuts!
    • Possibly a coincidence, but Douche does become a literal Juice Bro during the film. He definitely seems like he’d be down with the whole Gamer Gate/manosphere phenomenon, like a certain other Juice Bro we know.
  • Stock Scream: The all famous Wilhelm Scream is heard a few times in the film.
  • Stoners Are Funny: How Barry figures out how to defeat the humans. See "Higher Understanding Through Drugs." Unfortunately, said stoner outlives his usefulness once he sobers up and can't communicate with the food any more.
  • Straight Gay:
    • Sammy and Lavash end up becoming a couple and demonstrate no gay stereotypes whatsoever.
    • Firewater is revealed to be in a relationship with Twink, though he's based on Native Americans instead of gay stereotypes. In the latter's case, he's more stereotypical, though he's more of a Token Good Teammate than a parody of homosexuals.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: When Frank suggests that Sammy and Lavash could share their aisle, both burst out laughing at the idea.
  • Stylistic Self-Parody: The Alan Menken-penned "The Great Beyond" is a sound-alike of "Belle", Menken's opening song from Beauty and the Beast.
  • Take That!:
    • The entire film is intended as a giant middle finger not so much to computer animated films of the 21st century, but the mindset that they can only be for children.
    • During Firewater's flashback, a peanut is seen holding a sign reading "The Gods Hate Figs," playing off the infamous Westboro Baptist Church's own "God Hates Fags" picket signs.
  • Teeny Weenie: Barry takes this trope to exaggeration since he literally is this trope.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The feminine Glamour Buns have breasts and makeup.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: After killing the "gods" in the climactic fight and orgy, they discover they are a cartoon created for entertainment and waste no time in building a portal to our world.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Gum's reaction to Druggie sobering up.
    Gum: We are totally fucked.
  • Title Drop: Played with and probably parodied by Frank’s line in the climax: “Sausages and buns, let’s party!”
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The cookbook, whose illustrations of foods being cooked and eaten are presented with all the same horror as the grisly artwork inside the Necronomicon, hence Twink warning him "once you see that shit, it will fuck you up for life". Frank tears pages out of the book to show to the rest of the store in order to get them to believe him.
  • To Serve Man: This is how Frank finds out about what really happens in "The Great Beyond".
  • Trailers Always Spoil: It's a major plot point that the food are conditioned to believe they're chosen by humans to enter "their destiny", which is actually being eaten. Unfortunately, the trailer spoils this very point, and because it's the whole point of the story, it's safe to say that this twist will happen at most at about ten to twenty minutes into the movie. Also, naturally a Foregone Conclusion in that most people will already know what we do to food...
  • Victory Sex: After the food kills all the humans, they celebrate with the infamous computer animated extended bisexual food orgy.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Brenda — near the end of the movie, an enraged woman tries to strangle Frank, Brenda comes to the rescue and smashes said woman's head against the ground, killing her instantly.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Teresa is a lesbian taco. "Pink taco" is a slang term for the female genitalia.
    • The heroes riding into battle astride galloping bottles of horseradish.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: During's Carl's Large Ham moment when the woman eats the baby carrots, some of the sausages puke off-screen in horror.
  • Wham Shot: The woman peeling the skin of a potato off, causing the foods to realize the truth about their human "saviors".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Barry gives this speech to Frank after he insulted everyone for not believing him about "The Great Beyond".
  • World of Jerkass: Almost every character is either a foul-mouthed jerk, an offensive stereotype, or a mixture of both.
  • Would Hurt a Child: From the perspective of the foods, humans eating "baby carrots" counts as this.
  • Your Head Asplode: One of the humans in the supermarket gets held down and force-fed cola and mints, causing his head to explode.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: As she parts ways with Teresa, Brenda wipes a tear from her eye, causing her makeup to smudge.

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Sausage Party

The ending credits for Sausage Party, which features various grocery store items apropos to the movie's characters and setting.

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