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Like 'Sausage Party?' Here Are 6 Other Animated Movies for Adults Worth Checking Out

Did you see Sausage Party, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s latest R-rated raunch-and-emotion-fest that happens to be completely animated? If you did, and share a similar opinion to me, you admired the film’s audacity if not necessarily the quality of its jokes. You may also, like me, wish to watch other animated movies made for adults (once you’re done with all the animated TV shows for adults, of course). Here, then, are several flicks that may hit the same zones that Sausage Party hit. Be warned: Some spoilers for Sausage Party may live here, so check the expiration date before chowing down.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

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In truth, this is the movie Sausage Party was desperately trying to live up to. Like the television show it’s based on, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut has a clear comedic voice marked by pervasive irreverence and a surprisingly emotional core. It also takes the full-on musical fantasia promised by the opening sequence of Sausage Party and runs with it, boasting lovely songs that even maestro Stephen Sondheim admired. Sausage Party aims high, but South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut clears the bar.

Fritz The Cat

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Sausage Party is truly filthy. If you want a historical context of filthiness in animation, you needn’t look further than Fritz The Cat, the first animated movie to receive an X rating. Directed by adult animation master Ralph Bakshi, who based the work on Robert Crumb’s idiosyncratic comic strips, the film is actually a satire about life in 1960s America, bluntly making points about free love, far-left political movements, and race relations. Also, there are, like, eight different scenes where Fritz has cat orgies, which must’ve inspired the lusty final set piece of Sausage Party.

Akira

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While the charmingly daffy vibe of Sausage Party is quite different from the bleakly dystopian landscape of Akira, they share a surprising similarity. — the villain of Sausage Party is The Douche, a character who literally absorbs other characters he comes across, becoming bigger and stronger. The villain of Akira is Tetsuo, a character who literally absorbs other characters he comes across, becoming bigger and stronger. There are even shots of The Douche quivering in his uncontrollable power in Sausage Party that made me immediately think of similar shots in Akira. To that end, Akira might make a fun watch in terms of seeing a similar premise executed with a radically different tone.

Waking Life

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Do you know what I didn’t expect in Sausage Party? A philosophically complicated discussion of religion, free will, and what it means to be happy. Yet much of the film’s running time is devoted to the main characters having these kinds of frank conversations, with an attempt at a thesis being that if there is no afterlife to look forward to, we must seek pleasure here on this earthly realm (maybe I’d call this secular humanism mixed with hedonism?). In this way, I was reminded of Waking Life, Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped film that is nothing but these kinds of talks, animated in increasingly stylized and dreamlike ways. If adult animated movies are a philosophy course, Sausage Party is the class clown who cares deep down, and Waking Life is the straight-A student who doodles in the margins in lieu of taking traditional notes. Put them together, and they might make quite the group project.

Rejected

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In the final moments of Sausage Party, the filmmakers make a Hail Mary pass of storytelling insanity that I absolutely adore. The characters realize that they’re actually characters in an animated movie created by the actual filmmakers of Sausage Party, and enter a portal into the “real world” to confront them. Sadly, the film ends before we can see this idea played to its logical extreme, but if this meta-trickery delights you as much as it did me, you should absolutely check out Don Hertzfeldt’s short film Rejected. It starts as a relatively straightforward slice of absurdist comedy before careening into a fourth-wall puncturing descent into madness. And if you like this, definitely try Hertzfeldt’s more subdued feature, It’s Such A Beautiful Day.

Anomalisa

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At the emotional center of Sausage Party is the love story between Frank and Brenda, who feel a charged, intangible connection despite their separation via packaging that is given plenty of time to flourish before culminating physically. I was reminded of the central relationship explored in Charlie Kaufman’s bittersweet romance Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated film detailing the life of Michael, a self-help guru who feels separated from humanity as a whole. When he meets Lisa, his life changes, however briefly, and he finds a genuine connection which is given plenty of time to flourish before culminating physically. I will warn you, however, that while Sausage Party has a cheerful outlook on love and companionship, the ending to Anomalisa is a little more dour.

Which one of these are you gonna check out? Any adult animated movies similar to Sausage Party that I missed? Give me a follow on Twitter, but be warned — most of my jokes were crafted by unpaid workers. Actually, just one unpaid worker. Me. I am the unpaid worker.

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