Pete's Dragon and Sausage Party: Family Classic Meets R-Rated

By VFS Web Team, on August 12, 2016

Sausage Party, an R-rated cartoon about anthropomorphic hot dogs, buns, and everything else on your grocery store shelves, opens in theatres today. The early reviews have been pretty solid, praising the unexpected existential and religious threads in this otherwise raunchy affair. Yes. There is an orgy scene. And yes. You may never look at relish the same way again.

Producing/writing duo Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (Preacher, This Is the End) have given us a gift in this reboot/remake obsessed time of ours. Say what you want, but Sausage Party is undeniably original. And do you want to know something really cool? Our very own Colin Giles, Creative Director of Concept Art & Design and Classical Animation, worked as an animator on the film! Do you want to know another really cool thing? Colin worked with his super talented wife, Crystal (Awwwww!), and a bunch of VFS alumni, too! * Look out for a short interview we did with Colin about Sausage Party on our social channels next week!

We want to congratulate the grads from Acting for Film + Television, Classical Animation, 3D Animation + Visual Effects, and Foundation Visual Art + Design who helped animate, and voice, a cult classic in the making. They are:

Jason Simpson (Beer Keg Voice)
Christin Marineau (Layout Artist)
Gary Hendry (Layout Supervisor)
Anthony Di Ninno (Lead Previs/Layout Artist)
Taylor Lenton (Look Development)

Just in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the film’s trailer. It features an Irish potato singing Danny Boy. Enough said.

A remake of a lesser known Disney entity also opens today, offering audiences a CGI revamp of the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. If you’re looking forward to reliving the musical aspects of the original, you’ll be disappointed. Director David Lowery definitely takes the narrative in a bit of a different direction, while holding on to the heartwarming themes we all know and love in Disney films.

Also, the new cast is pretty incredible, featuring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, and Karl Urban. What could go wrong?

Summer is quickly coming to an end, so enjoy this one. It’s a sincere film in an otherwise superhero dominated box office.

We know some amazing people from Classical Animation, Foundation Visual Art + Design, and 3D Animation + Visual Effects who brought the magic to Pete’s Dragon. They are:

Michael Cozens (Animation Supervisor)
Daphne De Jesus (Digital Compositor)
Alex Berson (Digital Compositor)
Adam Bradley (Rotoscope Head of Department)
Angelo De Witt (Senior Digital Paint Artist)
Jonathan Borland (Sound Effects Editor)

We want an Elliott. Here's why:

Congrats, all!

*If we've missed any alumni in this post, please email us at and we'll be happy to update!