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Enough With The Romanticisation Of Food Preparation, This Is What Your Snacks Really Go Through

Seth Rogen has turned everyday tasks in the kitchen into a horror film.

BY Patrick Chew | Mar 17, 2016 | Film & TV

This is a story about food. But don’t expect slow-motion sequences depicting the charming art of cooking or mouth-watering close-ups of sophisticated dishes. Instead, expect lots of chopping, skinning, boiling and shredding over desperate screams and cries of pain. 

That’s Seth Rogen’s idea of what food goes through in the kitchen. Shown at the SXSW film festival (known for work-in-progress screenings), Sausage Party is an animated film that follows Frank the sausage (voiced by Rogen) and Brenda the hot dog bun (voiced by Kristen Wiig), who, like every other snack in the supermarket, have come to believe that their purpose in life is to get picked off the shelves by the Gods (everyday shoppers) and be brought to the “great beyond” where they will get the greatest rewards for all eternity. 

Their fantasy quickly dissolves when they witness a potato getting skinned alive. It is a scene that’s reminiscent of Michael Clarke Duncan's painful realisation in The Island that he was a clone created to act as insurance policy. But rather than grimace at the poor potato’s soul-shattering agony or the baby carrots’ futile attempt to escape, you just laugh your ass off at the ridiculousness of it all. 

“People like to project their emotions on to the things around them—their toys, their cars, their pets,” Rogen said during the onstage Q&A. “That’s what Pixar’s done for the last 20 years. So we thought, ‘What would it be like if our food had feelings?’ We quickly realised that it would be fucked up.”