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‘Sausage Party’ Animators Unhappy About Being Slave Laborers

Sausage Party reportedly cost around $20 million to make. The film came in at the #2 spot over the weekend raking in around $34 million. By all accounts, the movie was a rousing success. A sequel has no doubt been green-lit. But, how did they accomplish this miracle? Slave labor of course! Well, allegedly.

Cartoon Brew on Friday published an interview with directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. It was an interesting look into what was involved in the making of the film. However, this was overshadowed by the comment section where multiple people alleging to have worked on the film said they were forced to work unpaid overtime and threatened with unemployment if they didn’t hit deadlines.

30 animators supposedly left over the course of production. Most of them before paid overtime was implemented. In fact, half of the animation team were uncredited. The full team (83 people) can be seen on IMDB. In the movie credits, only 47 are shown.

Nitrogen Studios Chief Executive Nicole Stinn denied everything.

“These claims are without merit,” Stinn said in a statement. “Our production adhered to all overtime laws and regulations, as well as our contractual obligations with our artists.”

Stinn then added in a hushed whisper, “Eventually.” Then she tilted her head back and laughed maniacally.

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