You couldn’t wish for a creepier and kookier cast than the one in MGM’s upcoming The Addams Family animated movie. And they have some altogether ooky character designs.
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The Addams Family is about to get re-animated for a feature film by Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon.
That pun is about more than me just trying to get a joke in about the macabre horror-comedy. Though popular culture mostly knows The Addams Family from a pair of darkly comic films from the ’90s starring Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci, the supernatural series has actually been in animated form just as often as it has been depicted by live-action actors. So it’s not the wurst option for The Addams Family to make a return to its animated roots. (Sorry.)
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A new big screen adaptation of The Jetsons has been in the works since before /Film even existed. Around the time the live-action adaptation of The Flintstones was released in the ’90s, there was chatter about giving the same treatment to The Jetsons. In the mid-to-late ’00s, Robert Rodriguez was attached to the project, but he seems to have fallen away in recent years in favor of a new animated adaptation of the classic cartoon instead.
The last we heard anything about The Jetsons as a film property was that an animated movie was in the works at Warner Bros. Animation Group with Matt Lieberman scripting the adaptation. Now the project is getting another kick in the space pants with Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon coming on to develop the new take on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
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Sausage Party (coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 8) is already a success, having pulled in $135 million worldwide on a budget of just $19 million, not to mentions an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. But that’s not enough for Sony Pictures, writers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, and directors Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan. No, they’re looking to get some awards love as well.
Find out about the Sausage Party Oscars campaign after the jump. Read More »
The co-director of Sausage Party has signed on to reboot The Toxic Avenger. No, I’m not talking about Seth Rogen or Evan Goldberg, but Conrad Vernon, who co-directed the R-rated animated film alongside Greg Tiernan (its a common misconception that Goldberg and Rogen directed the film, as they co-wrote the screenplay and produced).
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
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 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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During Sunday night’s premiere of Preacher, a new TV spot for Sausage Party aired. Continuing to play up the R-rated spin on familiar animated movies, Rogen makes an appearance, in the spirit of Walt Disney, to introduce his latest creation, Frank (voiced by Rogen). With horn-rimmed glasses, an old-fashioned suit, and a retro setting, the co-writer, producer, and voice actor shows off his “Animation Imaginatorium.”
Below, watch the Sausage Party Walt Disney spoof.
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Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
SXSW tends to be a hectic time for anyone in the general vicinity of Austin, Texas, but Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg may be even busier than most this year. Not only are they premiering their new series Preacher, which hits AMC this spring, they’re also unveiling the first look at their animated film Sausage Party, in the form of a work-in-progress screening.
Described by Rogen as an “R-rated Pixar-style movie,” Sausage Party follows a bunch of food items at a grocery store who wonder about the “Great Beyond” — i.e., what happens after they get purchased. Rogen, who co-wrote the script with Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir, voices a hot dog named Frank who falls out of a shopping cart and embarks on an eventful journey to make it back to his shelf before the Fourth of July sale. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed. Watch the first Sausage Party trailer after the jump. Read More »