The animated feature Sausage Party is certainly one of the weirdest movies to see release this year, but it was almost even weirder. The project percolated for years before Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures finally stepped in to finance and produce the pic, which was spearheaded by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as a hard R-rated movie that, visually at least, looks like a Pixar film. The result, a story about anthropomorphic food in a supermarket coming to the realization that their purpose in life is to be consumed, is something filthy, funny, and even somewhat thoughtful.
Under the direction of Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, the film tackled themes of religious intolerance and the existence of the afterlife, but as weird as this movie is, an earlier cut featured a different ending that doubled down. An alternate ending for the film was shot that involved the animated characters going through the stargate and confronting their live-action selves. They would see Rogen, Edward Norton, and Michael Cera chowing down on some food, resulting in some sort of meta-textual conclusion.
Ultimately the filmmakers decided to end the film before the food protagonists walk through the stargate, but the Sausage Party alternate ending has now been released online as part of a featurette for the film’s Digital HD release. Rogen has already teased that this alternate ending is part of the idea they have for Sausage Party 2, and given how the first movie grossed a whopping $136 million against a budget of just $19 million, it’s entirely possible there’s more of this to come. Moreover, Rogen and Co. are mounting a serious Oscar campaign for the pic, so this edgy project that nobody wanted to finance may end up being a fully fledged Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.
For now, take a peek at the alternate ending below (via /Film).
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