Why “Sausage Party” Disappoints Me

Sausage Party (2016) is, as far as I can tell, the first computer-animated movie, in America, for adults.

That’s a problem.

Why?

Because the movie is only “adult” in the sense that its kind of humor is not suitable for kids:

The biggest idea in the movie seems to be a new take on the There-Is-No-God-Life-Is-Meaningless way of looking at the world: This time, “God” is us — humans: A variety of food discover that their “God” is nothing like they thought He/She/It would be.

I’m disappointed in Sausage Party because, watching the trailer, I thought “Is this it?”

The first American computer-animated movie for adults has little on its mind other than sex jokes and having pieces of food yell things like “For the love of shit, run!”

I know comparing American computer animation to Japanese anime is like comparing apples to oranges.

But when animation in Japan was doing this in the 80s…

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

…it’s disappointing to think that, in 21st Century America, the closest we have come to “adult” in computer animation, is this:

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Baby steps, I guess.

But still: Doesn’t the medium of animation deserve more than having its first American movie for adults be about a hot dog weenie trying to get laid?

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