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‘Sausage Party: Foodtopia’ – An Embarrassing Political Analogy

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This review was made possible by advance screeners of Sausage Party: Foodtopia. All episodes of Sausage Party: Foodtopia premiere on Prime Video on Thursday, July 11th.

Food is alive! Following the events of the 2016 animated film Sausage Party the food has finally won the great war with the humans. Leaving food the dominant species on planet earth to start their era of life known as Foodtopia. A paradise where food can do whatever they wish, which for some reason is a massive food orgy. Yes, you read that correctly.

The series follows a hot dog Frank (Seth Rogen) and a bun Brenda (Kristen Wiig) who are leading the charge with their best friends, Barry (Michael Cera) the sausage and Sammy (Edward Norton) the bagel to build this new food based society. What they didn’t realize is their new found freedom with no structure leads to massive inequality among the community as well as their vulnerability to elements of the world outside the grocery store.

FALSE PARADISE

Everything seems great as food has been liberated from the tyranny of the human race, enjoying their victory with weird and random food sex. Until they are met with their biggest threat yet, rain. Even though the food in this drug inspired universe are sentient, they still have the limitations normal food have leaving the society broken and their numbers quickly dwindled.

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Completely shook from the rain massacre, Frank, Brenda and Barry venture out to learn about the mysteries of the outside world from their mortal enemy to ensure their survival. Other than knowing humans live off their kind, the only are facts they know about them are the following: bath salts make humans understand food is alive and you can control them through their butts.

SLOPPY SECONDS

Barry dives head first into the butt of Jack (Will Forte) and they hold him captive as their new information mainframe to the human world. But back at Foodtopia, a new class system has formed. The food has discovered the power of capitalism. The inequality of capitalism leads to ideas of socialism, which then leads to democracy to elect proper leaders, so on and so forth. While this could have lent for some real allegory for society, it feels more like an elementary level take on the subjects with no deeper layers or meaning present what-so-ever.

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Almost any form of media can beg the question: why was this made? But I think this series takes the cake on the subject of this really never needed to get made. With Rogen being behind some incredible projects in the last few years: The Boys, Invincible, TMNT: Mutant Mayhem and more, it’s truly mind boggling how tasteless and terrible this series is. Even more questionable is how this stacked cast signed on to this project.

Sausage Party: Foodtopia is a tone deaf, surface level attempt to breakdown the problems of capitalism, socialism, racism and classism through a bath salts induced prism. Imagine if Planet Of The Apes was made for the dumbest audience imaginable and instead of building an intelligent society free from their oppressors their end goal was literal food porn. I couldn’t recommend this series to anyone, even if there was absolutely nothing else to watch.

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