Sunday, June 08, 2014

R-rated Animation

Below the fold in an industry rag, this caught my eye.

... [Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg] are in production on their first animated movie, Sausage Party, which they said is tedious and challenging, and only bearable because they love what they are creating.

Rogen said it is not true that they get stoned on marijuana and then think up movie ideas – except in the case of Sausage Party. He said that began during a session with Jonah Hill, as a joke. They thought about what a movie with that title would be like, and eventually it came to be real.

“We’re literally just playing phallic symbols now,” laughed Rogen.

Shit yeah.

It's high time that somebody picked up Ralph Bakshi's mantle. And it might as well be Rogen and Goldberg as anyone else. They know how to do comedy and they know how to do raunch, and God knows we need more than G-rated animation. Let's cast the freaking net a little wider.

As Brad Bird says, animation is a format, not a genre. It should be more than just kid and princess movies.


Chris Sobieniak said...

Assuming I would want a film like this to start with.

Pete Emslie said...

Yeah, I agree with Chris. When you consider just how much money and sheer amount of work is put into an animated feature, it would seem to warrant starting with a worthwhile premise. Sausage/dick humour is such a throwaway idea that someone should put the kibosh on it before any talent is wasted on it.

David said...

"It's high time that somebody picked up Ralph Bakshi's mantle."

It's not a "mantle" so much as soiled underwear. Why would anyone want to pick that up ?

I'd love to see more truly adult-oriented (not adolescent boy ) animation , but the mainstream Hollywood industry is too narrow minded . They can only envision mega-budget family entertainment films (the Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/Illumination films) and crude low-budget R-rated stuff like Sausage Party or South Park for "adults" , but nothing between those two extremes . It's a lack of creative vision.

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