[The video above and post below contain spoilers for Sausage Party]
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s irreverent send-up of Pixar adventures, Sausage Party, was one of the bigger surprises of Summer 2016. Though its release was marred somewhat by controversy over animators’ wages, the film won over audiences and critics alike with its envelope-pushing humor and surprisingly thoughtful screenplay that turned talking-food jokes into an offbeat meditation on faith, philosophy and the nature of existence – including an ending teasing a reality-bending possible sequel.
Now, a new video shows off how that ending originally meant to push even further.
An adult-oriented send-up of Pixar-style talking object animated family movies, Sausage Party took place in a supermarket, featuring sentient food-product inhabitants that had created a religion revering shoppers as gods whose purchases would carry them to food heaven. But when a hotdog named Frank (Rogen) learns the truth – that the “gods” are actually choosing food to devour it – he embarks on a quest to rescue his friends and reveal the secret to everyone and set the store free. Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Bill Hader and Salma Hayek also appeared.
While many fans appreciated the film’s rowdy humor and clever observations on the nature of belief, easily the most talked-about part of Sausage Party was its finale, which featured the food organizing a violent counter-offensive against human shoppers and celebrating their victory with an astonishingly graphic omnisexual orgy scene. But the film also featured an unexpected final coda where the main heroes made another discovery: That they were actually characters in an animated film, and that one of their number had created a portal that would let them travel to reality and get revenge on the actors and filmmakers “controlling” them – suggesting a premise that could fuel a possible sequel.
But as the above alternate-ending clip (posted to iTunes’ Twitter account) shows, originally audiences would have actually seen what was on the other end of the portal: The heroes (shown here in rough animatic form) would have arrived in downtown Hollywood in the real world, only to discover Rogen, Cera and Norton making lunch of their real-life counterparts in a nearby diner. Left unsaid is whether or not the still-hypothetical sequel would follow a similar track to this scene or take an entirely different path.
Sausage Party is now available on digital download, Blu-ray available November 8th 2016.