‘Sausage Party’ a crowd-pleaser but vegans won’t relish it

Stephanie Bias, IV Leader Columnist

The first feature-length animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” initially premiered in 1937. Since this film’s premier, audiences around the world have grown to love animated films and their endearing (or detestable) characters. However, actor Seth Rogan and film producer Evan Goldberg recently gave a new, raunchy twist to animated films with their movie “Sausage Party.”

The R-rated film hit theaters in August, and has been praised by critics and audience members for its hilarious originality and blatant humor. Despite the positive reviews, vegans (people who do not eat or use animal products) are left with more questions than answers regarding the origin of the characters.

“Sausage Party” follows Frank, a hot dog voiced by Rogan, and Brenda, a hot dog bun voiced by Kristin Wiig, on their quest to discover the truth about the “Great Beyond,” the film’s paradisiac equivalent for heaven. During their quest, Frank and Brenda meet many different foods, many of which allude to different ethnicities and cultures, such as a Jewish bagel and an Arabian flatbread who cannot bear each other’s presence.

Frank and Brenda struggle to learn the truth about the “gods,” or humans, and eventually take the necessary steps to escape their impending doom.

The film focuses on the final destination of each food in the “Great Beyond,” but makes no mention of where the food was created. The movie further promotes the disconnection between an actual animal and the bacon or chicken breast on a sandwich. “Sausage Party” focuses on Frank’s fear of being eaten, when ironically, Frank is a hot dog composed of animals that also feared being eaten.

Sausage Party” possessed a capability to help Americans make the connection between where food comes from and how it ends up on their plate, but the movie sadly misses this point completely. While I am sure Seth Rogan had no intention of ever promoting anything other than carefree humor, this movie had unlimited potential for reaching audiences, especially after grossing $3.3 million on the Thursday night preview alone.

Was any mention of veganism or animal-product origin purposely omitted to further advance meat-eater world dominance, or am I just a crazy vegan reading too far into a film intended to do nothing more than encourage mindless, light-hearted laughter? Most likely the latter.

Either way, go see the movie and open your eyes to Seth Rogan’s unhinged animated world of living, breathing food.