Seth Rogen described this film as a dark take on Disney films, saying, "People like to project their emotions onto the things around them: their toys, their cars, their pets . . . So we thought, 'What would it be like if our food had feelings?' We very quickly realized that it would be fucked up."
Seth Rogen developed the idea of the film in 2007. It was based on something he and Jonah Hill would joke around about. While promoting Superbad (2007) and Knocked Up (2007), people would ask Rogen what his next project will be, in which he jokingly replied, "It's called 'Sausage Party.'"
According to writer Seth Rogen, in order to get the movie its desired R rating (and not a commercially undesirable NC-17 rating), the directors purposely submitted a version with several raunchy scenes that they expected the MPAA to take issue with. This is quite common practice, because such scenes often draw the attention from the MPAA, and allow other, comparatively less offensive scenes to pass almost unnoticed. However, to their surprise, the MPAA only insisted that hair be removed from Lavash's genitals in order to keep its R rating rather than NC-17.
Due to the graphic content, the MPAA did not know what to do with this film. Seth Rogen made an argument to alleviate the trade association's confusion, whose standpoint was, "It's an unprecedented area." Rogen replied, "Well is it a dick if it's food?"
The license plate on Druggie's car is A113, which is an Easter Egg that Disney and Pixar hide in all of their feature films. This movie, the first CGI-animated movie to receive an R-rating by the MPAA since Terkel in Trouble (2004), is neither a Disney nor a Pixar film (it is made by Sony Pictures Animation, Annapurna Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, and Nitrogen Studios Canada, and released by Columbia Pictures).
Perhaps due to the intention of making this R-rated comedy as cheaply as possible, working conditions for the animators were said to be very bad. According to anonymous sources who worked on the film, the studio forced them to work unpaid overtime, working days and weekends, if they wanted to keep their job, and then refused to provide food for those who complied. A few animators claimed that their reputations were threatened when they left, and the studio purposely did not include a lot of people in the final credits. After a while, so many animators left that the studio was forced to hire recently graduated students to fill their places. The exodus was only stopped when the production company stepped in, and provided food and paid overtime. The studio denied all allegations.
Because of the dark nature of the story and the racy quality of the jokes, most studios passed on the project, despite the attachment of Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. Rogen had to shop around for eight years before he found a film studio that wanted to invest.
Hip-hop artist Sean 'Diddy' Combs turned down a role to voice a bottle of courvoisier, as he thought he was starring in a live-action movie, Seth Rogen noted, "Apparently the idea of me dressed up in a hot dog suit, and the rest of the actors playing live-action food was what Combs had in his head."
At the 2016 San Diego Comic Con, Seth Rogen revealed that the film was a passion project for the animators, as they wanted to work on an adult-themed animated film after working on projects aimed at children.
When the food is chosen by Camille Toh, Honey Mustard's freak-out causes a commotion in the basket, the flour bag busts, and many characters fall to the floor. The resulting "carnage" is a shot-for-shot homage to the beginning of Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Animation for the film started back in early 2014. Seth Rogen released a video of him and some of the animators watching the early stages of the film. That video was released in February of 2014. However, Sony Animation did some of the animation
Writer and star Seth Rogen credits his friend and actor Edward Norton with getting the film's impressive cast together. Norton loved the idea for the movie and really wanted to be part of it, and even conceived the character he voices, Sammy Bagel, Jr. Other actors who were approached for voice work would often accept when they heard that Norton was already on board.
Alan Menken, who is widely known for scoring mainly family-friendly Disney cartoons such as The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1991), jumped at the opportunity to do something adult-themed for a change, stating that "in real life, I'm actually a very R-rated person".
Received a rating of 14a from The Alcohol and Gaming authority of Nova Scotia. This decision strongly contrasts against the more restrictive ratings of the other provincial ratings board including Quebec.
When Brenda Bun meets the Tequila, he tells her to follow him to their friend. The brand of the bottle, "Sígueme", is Spanish for "follow me". The Tequila is named José, a reference to José Cuervo, after which the bottle was modeled.
Despite the film being R rated in the USA due to its adult-themed content (probably suitable for ages 16 and older), and receiving comparable ratings in most other countries, the film got a surprisingly relaxed rating in Sweden. Children aged 7 years and older could watch it as long as they were accompanied by an adult.
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 films small budget and threatened to backlist them and remove their names from the credits if they stood up to him (only half of the artists whose 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.
A lot of things were shuffled around, altered, or removed altogether between the original script and the finished movie, including the following * instead of opening with Frank and the other sausages preparing to sing the film's theme song, the story begins with a corncob 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 Frank, in the original script there was a mural with a picture of Barry on it and it 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 mousetrap 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 climatic 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 into to coincide with an earlier film Paul Rudd was in. *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.
The original song "The Great Beyond" plays three times within the movie: 1) At the beginning, to start out the day on July 3rd, in its entirety. 2) Near the end, to start out the Fourth of July, but this time in the reprise (that actually is the abridged version). 3) Near the end of the closing credits, but this time it is abridged again.
Conrad Vernon agreed to work on the film almost immediately after Seth 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 Heavy Metal (1981) as influential in his decision to work on the film.
Lavash's pubic hair was originally visible at the end of the eight minute food orgy scene, but this gave the film an NC-17 rating, and in order to be reassigned with an R rating, his scrotum was digitally shaved.
According to Joey Tedesco on the Cartoon Palooza, Mr. Grits was originally named Uncle Tom's Rice and his design was of an old man with white hair it was changed to avoid unfortunate implications to Uncle Ben's Rice.
Originally 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.
Just after the start of the film, Darren, the store manager, throws a packet of sausages into a bin. Despite the sausages being terrified, Darren unintentionally saved their lives, because, had they not been expired, they may have been purchased, and eaten, by humans.
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.
At one point in the film, Douche tells Brenda he will get her and Frank, too. This line is a parody of the The Wizard of Oz (1939) in which the Wicked Witch of the West says the same thing to Dorothy and Toto.
This is the third animated film for both Hannibal Buress and Salma Hayek (who voiced the Irish Potato and Teresa Taco). Their previous animated films were The Angry Birds Movie and The Secret Life of Pets (for Hannibal Buress) and Puss in Boots and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (for Salma Hayek).
Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Noah Schnapp, Max Charles, and Hannibal Buress's 2nd Sony Pictures Animation film together, 1st being "The Angry Birds Movie" (2016), a film that all 5 previously worked on together.
Noah Schnapp, Francesca Capaldi, Madisyn Shipman, Anastasia Bredikhina, Sam Lavagnino, and Max Charles agreed with Seth Rogen and Edward Norton to work on this Sony Animation film, so they were casted as some additional voices (including the Narrator for Noah Schnapp).
The orgy scene was planned to be eight minutes long, but writers Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen encouraged the animators to be as creative as possible. The full sequence that they came up with was an astounding twelve minutes long, and featured so much graphic debauchery that it almost shocked Rogen and Goldberg. Needless to say, the scene had to be heavily revised to be "consumable". The flash frames by the end of the orgy shows more graphic acts that were in the original screenplay.
At the SXSW screening, which was an unfinished cut, there was an additional live-action scene with Seth Rogen, Edward Norton, and Michael Cera sitting in a diner eating, as the animated characters watch them in horror. The scene was cut, due to little response from test screenings. There is speculation that it is being saved to be used as the opening scene of Sausage Party 2.
The movie was banned in China self-inflicted by the Taiwanese distributor who cancelled 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.
In the final battle of food vs humans, Darren goes into his lower drawer for his firearm, for incase of a store robbery like most store clerks do now. If you look real closely, it is in a small but very close comparison of a Smith & Wesson 500 revolver.