2016 summer movie recap

The summer movie season is over and you know what that means – it’s time to hand out pointless imaginary awards to the best, worst, and weirdest films of the past four months!

Welcome to the 2016 Summer Blockbuster Awards, which is like the Oscars if the Oscars only covered a specific release window, were decided by one person, and were also really dumb. Here’s how this works: I have created 24 categories, from “Best Performance” to “Movie Most in Need of a Hug” and have awarded one winner and one runner-up. At the name of these awards imply, the focus here is on wide releases that arrived between May and August of this year. So while you really should go out of your way to see indie gems like Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice, they won’t be the focus here. Got it? Good. Let’s just dive right in.

Be warned there are spoilers ahead for some of this summer’s films.

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Sausage Party animators controversy

In a summer marked by one cinematic disappointment after another, Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon‘s Sausage Party has emerged as a rare success story: a truly original feature that got great reviews and great box office. Even more impressively, Sausage Party managed all that on a reported budget of under $20 million. For comparison, Pixar’s latest release, Finding Dory, cost around $200 million to make.

But alas, that win may have come at an unfair cost to many of the people who worked on it. Anonymous commenters claiming to be animators who worked on the movie have accused the filmmakers and the production company, Nitrogen Studios, of forcing artists to work overtime for free, and then failing to credit many of them onscreen. Dig into the Sausage Party animators controversy below.  Read More »

Sausage Party Featurette

The final numbers for this past weekend’s box office aren’t in yet, but it looks like Sausage Party will have raked in just over $33 million. That’s an impressive debut for an R-rated animated comedy, especially opening up against the second weekend of blockbuster like Suicide Squad. It appears audiences were interested in something that was truly original and went against the grain of what’s been playing on most screens all summer.

Now a new Sausage Party featurette dives into one of the most important elements of the movie, though it’s not a piece you’d immediately recognize as being integral to a movie like this. Since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg aren’t animators, it should come as no surprise that they brought in experienced animation directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan to helm the feature. But what’s truly surprising is they got Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, best known for his work on The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, to compose the score and the opening musical number in the grocery store. The filmmakers and composer talk about their approach to the score in a new Sausage Party featurette. Read More »

Sausage Party Sequel

This weekend brought the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party to theaters, and the film will end the weekend having broken the box office record for the largest August opening ever for an animated film. It’s about time an original idea took one of the top spots at the box office, and Sausage Party is one of those insane, ridiculous comedies that you just love to see succeed. If all goes well and Seth Rogen gets his way, not only will we get more Sausage Party, but hopefully more R-rated animated fare.

Find out about the possibility of a Sausage Party sequel and more after the jump, however, beware of spoilers for the end of the movie. You’ve been warned! Read More »

Sausage Party Review

Note: With Sausage Party in theaters this weekend, we’re re-running our review from San Diego Comic-Con.

Seth Rogen has said on a number of occasions that the desire to make his own animated movie came from a love for Pixar movies. Even though he didn’t exactly grow up on them as a child (he was already 14 when the first Toy Story arrived in 1995), he’s still loved them immensely as an adult. However, if Rogen was going to attempt to make his version of a Pixar movie, you know it wasn’t going to be anywhere near family friendly.

Sausage Party had a special screening here at Comic-Con last night, and the final result of years of development, test screenings and hard work is an outrageous comedy that brings the laughs hard, and all the most raunchy and raw hilarity hasn’t even been touched by the movie’s marketing.

Get our full Sausage Party review after the jump. Read More »

Sausage Party P Diddy Cameo

The cast of Sausage Party has one of the most impressive voice casts of any animated comedy. Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig are the leads, but the rest of the food (as well as a hygienic item and a couple humans) are brought to life by Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, Anders Holm and co-directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. However, there’s one voice who was once set for a cameo but fell away for a perplexing reason.

Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puff the Magic Dragon or whatever he’s calling himself this year) was once slated to have a voice role in Sausage Party. But as one certain detail on the project became more clear to him, the rapper/actor ended up falling away from the project. Find out why we didn’t get a Sausage Party P Diddy cameo after the jump. Read More »

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Sausage Party Prank

This weekend’s raunchy, R-rated animated flick Sausage Party imagines what it would be like if the food in our grocery aisles was alive. The movie is hilarious, twisted and outrageous, but that wasn’t enough for Seth Rogen. In addition to bringing talking foods to the big screen, he also wanted to bring them to a real life grocery store with a hilarious and creepy Sausage Party prank.

A special effects team set up a few different animatronic foods in a real grocery store and Seth Rogen made them talk live from another room. The initial shock of people realizing they’re seeing talking food is funny in itself, but then the conversations they have with the food in question are even better. Read More »

Sausage Party Review

Sausage Party is a hard-R comedy. Around the time the project was first announced, actor, producer, and co-writer Seth Rogen described it as “an R-rated Pixar-style movie” that’s “fucking filthy” and “really, really, really dirty.” Pretty much everyone who has seen the film, including our own Jacob Hall, agrees with Rogen that it truly is one dirty movie. The film is R-rated, but Rogen and all involved had to make some cuts to secure that rating.

Below, learn what was removed to take the Sausage Party rating down to an R instead of an NC-17.

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Sausage Party Coloring Book

We’re just a week away from one of the most outrageously raunchy movies arriving in theaters in the form of Sausage Party. It’s seriously a miracle that the animated comedy from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg was even made. And now you can celebrate that little miracle by coloring all the wieners and buns you can dream of in a Sausage Party coloring book that’s meant just for adults.

Alamo Drafthouse has created a cool little collectible for all you foodies out there, and you can either get it with a ticket to see Sausage Party, or you can just buy it online right now. Get all the details after the jump. Read More »