Sausage Party is a 2016 American 3D adult computer animated adventure comedy film directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, and written by Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Seth Rogen and Ariel Shaffir. It stars Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, David Krumholtz, Nick Kroll and Edward Norton. A rough cut of the film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14, 2016, and the film was theatrically released in the United States on August 12, 2016. The movie is intended to be a spoof of Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Aardman, Paramount Animation, Warner Bros. Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Vanguard Animation and Illumination Entertainment films and is the first American R-rated computer animated movie.
The movie begins with a supermarket called "Shopwell's", the food who live there see the humans as gods, who reside in their homes named "The Great Beyond". The protagonist, a sausage named Frank, has dreams of living in the great beyond with Brenda, a hot dog bun.
Frank and Brenda's packs are "chosen" to leave Shopwell's, being put in the shopping cart by one of the "gods", a human shopper, but en route hear an ominous tale of "The Great Beyond" by a jar of Honey Mustard, warning them it's not what they've been led to believe. An accident during their trip to the registers causes a collision that leads to Frank, Brenda, a lavash named Kareem Abdul Lavash, a bagel named Sammy Bagel Jr., and an aggressive Douche falling out of the shopping cart. Douche's nozzle is badly bent, for which he blames Frank. After Darren, the store manager, discards Douche, he swears revenge on Frank.
Frank learns of the true nature of the great beyond from Firewater and the "Non-Perishables" (foods that never expire, effectively "immortal" from their perspective), where humans eat the foods. Firewater reveals that he and the other non perishables made up the great beyond to assuage the fears of the foods who once knew their fate when being chosen. This noble lie helped ease the suffering of all foods in Shopwell's, that way, they would no longer live in fear anymore. Frank decides to tell everybody in the store, and Twinkie tells him to go the "The Dark Aisle" to find proof.
The rest of the groceries who were chosen realize the truth about humans when they see humans going about cooking the foods. As Barry and Carl tries to escape, Carl gets killed by Camille, leaving Barry to wander off into the outside world alone. Barry stumbles upon a human junkie and his shopping bag which reads Shopwell's. With visions of going back to Shopwell's Barry stows away with the junkie and is taken to his house.
Meanwhile, Frank reunites with his friends and reveals that he deliberately led them to Firewater, as well as his intentions to travel beyond the freezer to discover the truth. Brenda questions his motives and heads back to her aisle. After reading a cookbook beyond the freezer, Frank discovers the truth, which he intends to reveal to the other foods in Shopwell's.
The junkie, high, is able to see Barry and the other foods "alive" and descends into a panic. This shows the foods they can communicate with the Gods while they are high. Later, sober, the junkie no longer sees the foods as alive, so he again starts to eat the foods, tossing Barry into a pot of boiling water.
As Brenda, Teresa, Kareem, and Sammy return to their aisles Teresa tells Brenda that she has feelings for her, which Brenda spurns due to the gods' rules regarding her only being with a sausage (and due to her still loving and now missing Frank). Brenda returns to her aisle, squeezing herself into another package of buns.
Meanwhile, Frank reveals the cookbook to the store, but losing a sense of purpose, everyone ignores the truth. As Brenda is purchased again, Frank tries to save her, reuniting with Barry who has returned to Shopwell's with his new friends from the junkie's house. Barry reveals that the humans can be killed by showing the junkie's accidentally severed head to Frank. Barry tells Frank that if they shoot the humans with toothpicks laced with the junkie's drugs the humans will be able to see food for what they are.
After saving Brenda from being purchased, Frank gives a different speech where he apologizes for not respecting the food items' beliefs and giving them a sense of hope. The bath salts kick in causing a food-human battle. A revenge-seeking Douche takes control of Darren, armed with a gun, and attempts to kill Frank but the foods kill Douche and Darren.
After a freedom-inspired orgy (where Barry meets the same bun that was squished by Brenda), they are informed by Firewater they are merely cartoon characters, manipulated by animators and voiced by celebrities. Eventually, Gum, a Stephen Hawking-esque wad of chewing gum who Barry met earlier, reveals that a portal to the real world he made will allow them to meet their creators and voice actors, Seth Rogen (Frank), Edward Norton (Sammy), and Michael Cera (Barry).
- Seth Rogen as Frank, a sausage and Brenda's boyfriend, and Sergeant Pepper.
- Seth Rogen plays himself in a live-action cameo
- Kristen Wiig as Brenda Bunson, a hot dog bun and Frank's girlfriend
- Jonah Hill as Carl, a sausage who was packed with Frank and Barry and later killed by Camille Toh
- Bill Hader as Firewater, an old Native American bottle of liquor and the leader of the non-perishables, Tequila, and El Guaco, a guacamole gangster
- Michael Cera as Barry, a deformed sausage who is one of Frank's friends
- Michael Cera also plays himself in live-action cameo
- James Franco as Druggie, a junkie drug addict who is the first known human to see the foods as sentient beings
- Danny McBride as Honey Mustard, a grocery who was returned to Shopwell's and tries to warn Frank and the rest of the foods in Camille's cart of their fate
- Craig Robinson as Mr. Grits, one of the non-perishables, who is known to smoke a lot
- Paul Rudd as Darren, the manager of Shopwell's
- Nick Kroll as Douche, a feminine hygiene product seeking revenge on Frank and Brenda for breaking his nozzle and preventing him from reaching The Great Beyond
- David Krumholtz as Kareem Abdul Lavash, a Middle Eastern lavash who has an on and off rivalry with Sammy Bagel Jr.
- Edward Norton as Sammy Bagel Jr., a Jewish bagel who has an on and off rivalry with Kareem Abdul Lavash
- Edward Norton also plays himself in a live-action cameo
- Salma Hayek as Teresa Del Taco, a lesbian taco shell who develops a lustful friendship with Brenda.
- Anders Holm as Troy, one of the sausages packed with Frank who picks on Barry for being deformed
- Sugar Lyn Beard as the Baby Carrots and the half eaten Cookies
- Lauren Miller as Camille Toh, a woman who purchases the food and a tampon
- Harland Williams as a bottle of Ketchup, a Drug Dealer and a Baba Ganoush
- Conrad Vernon as a roll of toilet paper
- Greg Tiernan as an Irish Potato and Noodle Soup
- Hannibal Buress as an Irish Potato
- Scott Underwood as Twink, a twinkie who is one of the non-perishables, a half eaten Pizza, a bag of Krinkler's Chips, and Gum, a Stephen Hawking-esque bubble gum wad
- Ian James Corlett as an Apple, a French Tickilish licorice, a jar of Relish, and a Bag of Dog food
- Vincent Tong as Pislitz Chips, a Juice Box, and a bottle of Jamaican Rum
- Sam Vincent as a half eaten Sandwich, a Pop Tart and a Licorice Rope