In a summer of superhero movies, and sequels and remakes no one asked for, the raunchy animated comedy “Sausage Party” was so much fresh meat. Audiences ate it up for a tasty $34.3 million in ticket sales last weekend, a record August opening for an animated movie. Writer-star-producer Seth Rogen is already talking about a sequel.
Of course, whether the movie ushers in a wave of more adult animated fare is debatable, though these other animated movies definitely not recommended for children have had critical and/or commercial success.
FRITZ THE CAT (1972) This cult classic about an “X-rated and animated” tomcat was also kitty-littered with sex, drugs and other naughty topics.
HEAVY METAL (1981) This U.S.-Canadian co-production was adapted from stories in the sci-fi magazine Heavy Metal and featured the voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and Eugene Levy.
SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT (1999) The salty peanuts from the TV toon really talked a blue streak in this comedy that also featured the Oscar-nominated song “Blame Canada.”
A SCANNER DARKLY (2006) Director Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s dystopian novel about an undercover cop had the look of a graphic novel thanks to rotoscoping, in which animators traced over live-action footage.