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National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed via John Landis and written via Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller. It stars John Belushi, Peter Riegert, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Stephen Furst, and Donald Sutherland. The film is regarding a eccentric group of fraternity members who challenge the authority of the director of Faber College.

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The film was produced via Matty Simmons of National Lampoon and Ivan Reitman appropriate to Universal Pictures. It was wonderful via stories written via Miller and published in National Lampoon. The stories were based on Ramis's knowledge in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, Miller's Alpha Delta Phi experiences at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and promoter Reitman's at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Of the younger lead actors, only the 28-year-old Belushi was an accepted star, however stable he had not yet appeared in a film, having gained glory mostly from his telly appearances on Saturday Night Live, which was starting its third season in autumn 1977. Several of the actors who were actors while college students, including Hulce, Karen Allen, and Kevin Bacon, were recently beginning their film careers, while Matheson had appeared while single of the vigilante cops in the next Dirty Harry film, Magnum Force, and had voiced the title character in Jonny Quest.

Upon its first release, Animal House received broadly mixed reviews from critics, however Time and Roger Ebert proclaimed it single of the year's best. Filmed appropriate to only $2.8 million, it garnered an estimated gross of extra than $142 million in the form of dramatic rentals and dwelling video, not including merchandising, production it the highest grossing light entertainment film of its time.[3][4]

The film, along with of} 1977's The Kentucky Fried Movie, too directed via Landis, was largely responsible appropriate to defining and launching the gross out film genre, which became single of Hollywood's staples.[5] As of 2017, it was considered via various fans and critics while single of the greatest light entertainment films ever made. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it appropriate to keeping in the National Film Registry. It was No. 1 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". It was No. 36 on AFI's "100 Years... 100 Laughs" inventory of the 100 best American comedies. In 2008, Empire journal selected it while single of "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time."


In 1962, Faber College freshmen Lawrence "Larry" Kroger and Kent Dorfman look for to enrol in a fraternity. Finding themselves out of spot at the prestigious Omega Theta Pi house's party, they visit the slovenly Delta Tau Chi home next door, where Kent is a "legacy" who cannot exist rejected scheduled to his brother Fred having been a member. John "Bluto" Blutarsky welcomes them (claiming they "need the dues"), and they meet additional Deltas, including motorcyclist Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day, part president Robert Hoover, ladies' male Eric "Otter" Stratton, and Otter's best friend Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, whose love Katy is constantly pressuring him to stop drinking with of} the Deltas and work something with of} his life. Larry and Kent are invited to pledge and particular the fraternity names "Pinto" and "Flounder" respectively, via Bluto, Delta's sergeant-at-arms.

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College Dean Vernon Wormer wants to remove the Deltas, who are already on probation, thus he invokes his emergency authority and places the fraternity on "double-secret probation" scheduled to various campus carry out violations and their dreadful scholastic standing. He directs the clean-cut, smug Omega president Greg Marmalard to find a way appropriate to him to remove the Deltas from campus. Various incidents, including the prank-related accidental death of a mount belonging to Omega representative and Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet commander Douglas C. Neidermeyer, and an attempt via Otter to date Marmalard's girlfriend, more distant extend the Dean's and the Omegas' animosity toward the Deltas.

Bluto and D-Day steal the answers to an forthcoming test from the trash, not realizing that the Omegas keep planted a fake set of answers appropriate to them to find. The Deltas fail the exam, and their grade-point averages fall thus little that Wormer tells them he needs only single extra incident to revoke their charter. To cheer themselves up, the Deltas organize a toga party and take in Otis Day and the Knights to supply dwell music. Wormer's wife attends at Otter's invitation and has sex with of} him. Pinto hooks up with of} Clorette, a teller he meets at the supermarket. They produce out, however work not keep sex since she passes out drunk. Pinto takes her dwelling in a buys cart and after discovers that she is the mayor's daughter.

Outraged via his wife's escapades and the mayor's threat of personal violence, Wormer organizes a kangaroo court and revokes Delta's charter. To grab their minds away their troubles, Otter, Boon, Flounder, and Pinto go on a road trip. Otter picks up well immature women from Emily Dickinson College while dates appropriate to himself and his Delta brothers via posing while the fiancé of a woman at the college who died in a recent kiln explosion. They stop at a roadhouse public house where Day's band is performing, not realizing it has an exclusively African-American clientele. A pair of hulking patrons intimidate the Deltas and they quickly exit, smashing up Flounder's borrowed vehicle in their haste and leaving their dates behind.

Marmalard and additional Omegas lure Otter to a motel and beat him up, believing that Otter is having an affair with of} Marmalard's girlfriend, Mandy, not knowing that Mandy's best friend, Babs, actually made up the tale since she wants Marmalard appropriate to herself. The Deltas' midterm grades are thus poor that an ecstatic Wormer expels them all, having already notified their local draft boards that they are at the moment eligible appropriate to military service. The information shocks Flounder thus badly that he vomits on Wormer.

The Deltas are despondent, however Bluto rallies them with of} an impassioned, assuming historically inaccurate, speech ("Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!"). They make up your mind to get revenge on Wormer, the Omegas, and the college. They change Flounder's damaged vehicle into an armored vehicle and hide it inside a cake-shaped rebel float and slip into the annual homecoming parade. As they wreak havoc on the event, the futures of a few of the student main characters are revealed using freeze-frame labels. Most of the Deltas become respectable professionals (with Bluto becoming a senator), while time as|during the time that} their adversaries be in pain less fortunate outcomes.

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Animal House was the earliest film produced via National Lampoon, the the majority liked humor journal on college campuses in the mid-1970s.[6] The periodical specialized in satirizing affairs of state and liked culture. Many of the magazine's writers were recent college graduates, hence its plead to students the whole amount over the country. Doug Kenney was a Lampoon author and the magazine's earliest editor-in-chief. He graduated from Harvard University in 1969 and had a college knowledge closer to the Omegas in the film (he had been president of the university's elite Spee Club).[6] Kenney was responsible appropriate to the earliest appearances of three characters that would appear in the film, Larry Kroger, Mandy Pepperidge, and Vernon Wormer. They made their debut in 1973's National Lampoon's High School Yearbook, a satire of a Middle America 1964 high school yearbook. Kroger's and Pepperidge's characters in the yearbook were effectively the identical while their characters in the movie, whereas Vernon Wormer was a P. E. and civics teacher while expertly while an athletic coach in the yearbook.

However, Kenney felt that fellow Lampoon author Chris Miller was the magazine's expert on the college experience.[6] Faced with of} an impending deadline, Miller submitted a part from his then-abandoned memoirs entitled "The Night of the Seven Fires" regarding pledging experiences from his fraternity days in Alpha Delta (associated with of} the nationwide Alpha Delta Phi through Miller's undergraduate years, the fraternity subsequently disassociated itself from the nationwide group and is at the moment called Alpha Delta) at the Ivy League's Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire. The antics of his fellow fraternities, coupled with of} experiences like that of a road trip to University of Wisconsin-Madison and its Delta Chi Fraternity, became the inspiration appropriate to the Delta Tau Chis of Animal House and various characters in the film (and their nicknames) were based on Miller's fraternity brothers.[6] Filmmaker Ivan Reitman had recently finished producing David Cronenberg's earliest film, Shivers, and called the magazine's publisher Matty Simmons regarding production movies beneath the Lampoon banner.[7] Reitman had leave together The National Lampoon Show in New York City showing a few future Saturday Night Live actors members, including John Belushi. When the majority of the Lampoon group moved on to SNL except appropriate to Harold Ramis, Reitman approached him with of} an scheme to produce a film together using some skits from the Lampoon Show.[7]


Kenney met Lampoon author Ramis at the recommendation of Simmons. Ramis drew from his own fraternity experiences while a representative of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis and was working on a film treatment regarding college called "Freshman Year", however the magazine's editors were not happy with of} it.[6] Kenney and Ramis started working on a new film medical care together, positing Charles Manson in a high school, calling it Laser Orgy Girls.[7] Simmons was cold to this scheme thus they changed the setting to a "northeastern college ... Ivy League kind of school".[5] Kenney was a fan of Miller's fraternity stories and suggested using them while a basis appropriate to a movie. Kenney, Miller and Ramis began brainstorming ideas.[7] They maxim the film's 1962 setting while "the last in the clear year ... of America", and the homecoming march that ends the film while occurring on November 21, 1963, the twenty-four hours ahead of President Kennedy's assassination.[5] They agreed that Belushi should star in it and Ramis wrote the share of Bluto specifically appropriate to the comedian,[4] having been friends with of} him while time as|during the time that} at Chicago's The Second City.[8]

The writers were new to screenwriting,[5][4] thus their film medical care ran to 110-pages; the average was 15 pages. Reitman and Simmons pitched it to various Hollywood studios. Simmons met with of} Ned Tanen, an official at Universal Studios. He was encouraged via younger executives Sean Daniel and Thom Mount who were extra open to the Lampoon sort of humor;[6] Mount had discovered the "Seven Fires" film medical care while Tanen's assistant, while time as|during the time that} investigating projects left via a fired shop executive.[4] Tanen hated the idea. Ramis remembers, "We went more distant than I think Universal expected or wanted. I think they were shocked and appalled. Chris' fraternity had virtually been a vomiting cult. And we had a group of scenes that were almost orgies of vomit ... We didn't backwards away anything".[7] As the writers created extra drafts of the screenplay (nine in total), the shop steadily became extra open to the project, especially Mount, who championed it.[9] The shop green-lighted the film and set the budget at a modest $3 million.[6] Simmons remembers, "They recently figured, 'Screw it, it's a stupid little movie, and we'll produce a pair of bucks assuming we're lucky—let them work whatever they want.'"[7]


Initially, Reitman had wanted to direct however had made only single film, Cannibal Girls, appropriate to $5,000.[7] The film's producers approached Richard Lester and Bob Rafelson ahead of considering John Landis, who got the head job based on his work on The Kentucky Fried Movie.[9] That film's lines and continuity supervisor was the love of Sean Daniel, an partner to Mount. Daniel maxim Landis' picture and recommended him. Landis then met with of} Mount, Reitman and Simmons and got the job.[7] Landis remembers, "When I was particular the script, it was the funniest article I had ever read up to that time. But it was really offensive. There was a great agreement of projectile vomiting and rape and the whole amount these things".[10] Landis claims his big contribution to the film was that there "had to exist good guys and harmful guys. There can’t recently exist harmful guys, thus there became a good fraternity and harmful fraternity".[11] There was too opposition between Landis and the writers early on since Landis was a high-school dropout from Hollywood and they were college graduates from the East Coast. Ramis remembers, "He sort of referred immediately to Animal House while 'my movie.' We'd been living with of} it appropriate to two years and we hated that".[7] According to Landis, he drew inspiration from typical Hollywood comedies showing the likes of Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and the Marx Brothers.[12]

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The first actors was to feature Chevy Chase while Otter, Bill Murray while Boon, Brian Doyle-Murray while Hoover, Dan Aykroyd while D-Day, and John Belushi while Bluto, however only Belushi was interested. Chase turned the film down to work Foul Play;[7] Landis, who wanted to actors unknown[5] dramatic actors[4][7] such while Bacon and Allen (the earliest film appropriate to both) alternatively of famous comedians,[7] takes credit appropriate to subtly discouraging Chase via describing the actors while an "ensemble".[5] Landis has too stated that he was not interested in directing a "Saturday Night Live movie" and that unknowns would exist the more completely choice. The character of D-Day was based on Aykroyd, who was a motorcycle aficionado. Aykroyd was offered the part, however he was already committed to Saturday Night Live.[9] Belushi, who had worked on The National Lampoon Radio Hour ahead of Saturday Night Live,[5] was too committed to SNL, however finished Monday through Wednesday production the film and then waving backwards to New York to work the show on Thursday through Saturday.[8] Ramis initially wrote the role of Boon appropriate to himself, however Landis felt that he looked too old appropriate to the share and Riegert was actors instead. Landis did present with Ramis a smaller part, however he declined. Landis met with of} Jack Webb to play Dean Wormer and Kim Novak to play his wife. Webb reportedly turned down the role since of concerns over his trim image, however after said he didn't find the lines funny; he was replaced via John Vernon who Landis actors following seeing him in The Outlaw Josey Wales.[4]

Belushi at first received only $35,000 appropriate to Animal House, however was paid a bonus following the film became a hit.[8] Landis too met with of} Meat Loaf in case Belushi turned down the role of Bluto. Landis worked with of} Belushi on his character, who "hardly had any dialogue";[5][13] they decided that Bluto was a cross between Harpo Marx and the Cookie Monster.[5][14] Belushi said he developed his ability to communicate without talking since his grandmother spoke little English.[15]

Belushi was considered a supporting actor and Universal wanted an extra star.[4] Landis had been a crew representative on Kelly's Heroes and had become friends with of} actor Donald Sutherland, sometimes babysitting his son Kiefer.[7] Landis asked Sutherland, single of the biggest stars of the early 1970s, to exist in the film. For two days of work, Sutherland declined the first present with of $20,000 plus "points" (a percentage of the gross or net income).[16] Universal then offered him his twenty-four hours rate of $25,000[17] or 2% of the film's gross.[16][17] Sutherland took the guaranteed fee, assuming that the film would not exist very successful; while this made him the highest-paid representative of the actors (Neidemeyer's horse, Junior, and John Belushi every received $40,000),[18] the judgment worth Sutherland what he estimates while approximately $14 million.[17] The star's participation, however, was crucial; Landis after said "It was Donald Sutherland who essentially got the film made."[4][17]

"Pinto" was screenwriter Chris Miller's nickname at his Dartmouth fraternity.[5] DeWayne Jessie adopted the "Otis Day" name in his private being and continued touring with of} the band.[5]


Plaque at the Delta House site (2007)

The filmmakers' next problem was finding a college that would let them blast the film on their campus.[7] They submitted the lines to a number of colleges and universities however "nobody wanted this movie" scheduled to the script; according to Landis, "I couldn't find 'the look'. Every spot that had 'the look' said, 'no thank you.'"[5] The University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri) was scheduled to exist the college where filming was to exist held, appropriate to example, however the president (Herbert W. Schooling) refused permission to film there following study the script.[18]

The president of the University of Oregon in Eugene, William Beaty Boyd,[19] had been a senior head at the University of California in Berkeley in 1966 when his campus was considered appropriate to a place of the film The Graduate. After he consulted with of} additional senior administrative colleagues who advised him to turn it down scheduled to the shortage of artistic merit, the college campus scenes set at Berkeley were shot at USC in Los Angeles. The film went on to become a classic, and Boyd was determined not to produce the identical mistake twice when the producers inquired regarding filming at Oregon. After consulting with of} student government leaders and officers of the Pan Hellenic Council, the Director of University Relations advised the president that the script, while sexual and often tasteless, was a very funny takeoff of college life. Boyd stable allowed the filmmakers to use his office while Dean Wormer's.[7]

The actual home depicted while the Delta House was initially a residence in Eugene, the Dr. A.W. Patterson House. Around 1959, it was acquired via the Psi Deuteron part of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and was their part home till 1967, when the part was locked scheduled to little membership. The home was sold and slid into disrepair, with of} the spacious porch foreign and the lawn graveled over. At the time of the shooting, the Phi Kappa Psi and Sigma Nu fraternity houses sat next to the old Phi Sigma Kappa house, on the 700 block of East 11th Avenue.[20] The interior of the Phi Kappa Psi home and the Sigma Nu home were used appropriate to various of the interior scenes, however the individual rooms were filmed on a soundstage. The Patterson home was demolished in 1986,[21] and the site (44°02′53″N 123°04′52″W / 44.048°N 123.081°W) is at the moment occupied via Northwest Christian University's school of Education and Counseling. A large boulder placed to the west of the parking entrance displays a copper plaque commemorating the Delta House location. The concluding march part was filmed on Main Street in downtown Cottage Grove, regarding twenty miles (30 km) south of Eugene through Interstate 5.

Principal photography[edit]

Filming commenced in the autumn of 1977,[14][20][22] and Landis brought the actors who played the Deltas up five days early in instruct to bond. Staying at the Rodeway Inn motel in adjacent Springfield,[20] they moved an old piano from the lobby into McGill's room, which became known while "party central." James Widdoes ("Hoover") remembers, "It was like freshman orientation. There was a group of getting to have knowledge of every additional and calling every additional via our character names." This approach encouraged the actors playing the Deltas to unconnected themselves from the actors playing the Omegas, helping generate authentic animosity between them on camera. Belushi and his wife Judy rented a home in south Eugene in instruct to remain him away from alcohol and drugs;[7][14] she remained in Oregon while time as|during the time that} he commuted to New York City appropriate to Saturday Night Live.

Although the actors members were warned against mixing with of} the college students,[5] single night, some girls invited a few of the actors members to a fraternity party. They arrived assuming they had been invited and were greeted with of} open hostility.[7] As they were leaving, Widdoes threw a cup of beer at a group of drunk football players and a fight "like a part from the movie"[5] broke out. Tim Matheson, Bruce McGill, Peter Riegert, and Widdoes narrowly escaped, with of} McGill torture a black eye and Widdoes getting a few teeth knocked out.[7]

Other than Belushi's early yell, the food fight was filmed in single shot, with of} the actors encouraged to fight appropriate to real.[5] Flounder's groceries handling in the supermarket was an extra one shot; Furst deftly caught the various items Landis and Matheson threw at him, amazing the director.[4][5] By filming the long courtroom part in single twenty-four hours Landis won a bet with of} Reitman.[4]

The film's budget was thus little that through the 32 days of shooting in Eugene, mostly in November,[14][20][22] Landis had not at all trailer or office and could not watch dailies appropriate to three weeks. His wife Deborah Nadoolman purchased the majority of the costumes at local thrift stores, and she and Judy Belushi made the faction togas.[4] Landis and Bruce McGill staged a part appropriate to reporters visiting the set where the head pretended to exist angry at the actor appropriate to thing difficult on the set.[23] Landis grabbed a rebel pitcher and smashed it over McGill's head. He cut to the ground and pretended to exist unconscious. The reporters were completely fooled, and when Landis asked McGill to get up, he refused to move.[23]

Black extras had to exist bused in from Portland appropriate to the segment at the Dexter Lake Club (43°54′50″N 122°48′41″W / 43.914°N 122.8115°W) scheduled to their scarcity approximately Eugene. More seriously, the segment alarmed Tanen and additional shop executives, who perceived it while racist and warned that "'black humankind in America are going to rip the seats out of theaters assuming you withdraw from that part in the movie.'" Richard Pryor's consent helped retain the segment in the film.[5][4] The shop became extra enthusiastic regarding the film when Reitman showed executives and sales managers of various regions in the country a 10-minute making reel that was leave together in two days.[9] The reaction was positive and the shop sent 20 copies out to exhibitors.[9] The earliest preview screening appropriate to Animal House was held in Denver well months ahead of it opened nationwide. The crowd loved it and the filmmakers realized they had a potential strike on their hands.[7]

The earliest slit of the picture was a lengthy 175 minutes and extra than an hour was dropped; the deleted scenes included:

  • a John Landis cameo while a cafeteria dishwasher who tries to stop Bluto from eating the whole amount the food. Landis is dragged across a table and thrown to the floor via Bluto who then says "You don't fuck with of} the eagles unless you have knowledge of how to fly."
  • a part where Boon and Hoover notify Pinto the tales of legendary Delta House frat brothers from years ahead of who had names like Tarantula, Bulldozer, Giraffe, and his girlfriend, Gross Kay.
  • two different deleted scenes with of} Otter and a pair of his girlfriends (one played via Sunny Johnson—listed in the credits while "Otter's Co-Ed" while her part was deleted—and the additional played via place scout Katherine Wilson, whose deleted part can exist seen in the dramatic trailer).
  • an extended version of the part where Bluto pours mustard on himself and starts singing "I am the Mustard Man."
  • a sequence display expelled Deltas going through a medical screening following having to record appropriate to the draft, through which the double-jointed D-Day rotates his feet backwards (this part was foreign a few months following set free scheduled to various immature men hurting themselves while time as|during the time that} trying to follow the stunt).

Soundtrack and score[edit]

The soundtrack is a mix of rock and roll and rhythm and blues with of} the earliest score created via film composer Elmer Bernstein, who had been a Landis family friend since John Landis was a child.[24] Bernstein was easily persuaded to score the film, however was not sure what to produce of it. Similar to his preferring dramatic actors appropriate to the comedy, Landis asked Bernstein to score it while though it were serious. He adapted the "Faber College Theme" from the Academic Festival Overture via Brahms, and said that the film opened yet an extra door in his diverse career, to scoring comedies.[24][4]

The soundtrack was released while a vinyl album in 1978, and then while a CD in 1998. In the late 2000s, the very earliest air on the soundtrack, the "Faber College Theme", came to prominence scheduled to its purported resemblance to the Bosnian nationwide anthem.[25][26][27]

Soundtrack album listing
Additional music in the film


In its early weekend, Animal House grossed $276,538 in 12 theaters.[3] It grossed $120.1 million in North America and went on to achieve a domestic lifetime gross of $141.6 million.[3] It was the highest grossing light entertainment of the whole amount time till the set free of Ghostbusters (which was too written via Ramis) and the seventh highest grossing film of the 1970s.[4] Adjusted appropriate to inflation, it is the 67th highest grossing film in North America.[28]

Critical reception[edit]

At the time of its release, Animal House received mixed reviews from critics[5] however a few immediately recognized its appeal,[29] and it has since been recognized while single of the best films of 1978.[30][31][32] The film holds a 91% positive rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Its consensus states "The talents of head John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to lead to a rambunctious, seditious college light entertainment that continues to resonate."[33]Roger Ebert gave the film well stars out of well and wrote, "It's anarchic, messy, and filled with of} energy. It assaults us. Part of the movie's impact comes from its sheer level of manic energy. ... But the movie's more completely made (and more completely acted) than we might at earliest realize. It takes skill to lead to this sort of comic pitch, and the movie's filled with of} characters that are sketched a little extra absorbingly than they had to be, and acted with of} perception".[13] Ebert after placed the film on his 10 best inventory of 1978, the only National Lampoon film to keep received this honor.[34] In his re-examination appropriate to Time, Frank Rich wrote, "At its best it perfectly expresses the fears and loathings of kids who came of years in the late '60s; at its best Animal House revels in abject silliness. The hilarious highs easily compensate appropriate to the puerile lows".[35] Gary Arnold wrote in his re-examination appropriate to The Washington Post, "Belushi too controls a wicked array of conspiratorial expressions with of} the audience. ... He can seem irresistibly funny in repose or invest small horseplay opportunities with of} a streak of genius".[36]David Ansen wrote in Newsweek, "But assuming Animal House lacks the wonderful tastelessness of the Lampoon's High School Yearbook Parody, this is still little humor of a high order".[37] Robert Martin wrote in The Globe and Mail, "It is thus gross and tasteless you feel you should exist appalled however it's strong to exist offended via something that is thus sidesplittingly funny".[38]Time journal proclaimed Animal House single of the year's best.[39]

When the film was released, Landis, Widdoes and Allen went on a nationwide promotional tour.[23] Universal Pictures finished regarding $4.5 million promoting the film at selected college campuses and helped students organize their own toga parties.[40][41] One such faction at the University of Maryland attracted some 2,000 people, while time as|during the time that} students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison tried appropriate to a crowd of 10,000 humankind and a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.[41] Thanks to the film, toga parties became single of the favorite college campus happenings through 1978 and 1979.[8]

In 2000, the American Film Institute placed the film on its 100 Years...100 Laughs list, where it was ranked #36.[42] Then in 2005, AFI ranked John "Bluto" Blutarsky's quote "Toga! Toga!" at #82 on its inventory of 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes,[43] with of} the quotes "Over? Did you say "over?" Nothing is over till we make up your mind it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no!" and "Fat, drunk, and stupid is not at all way to go through life, son" thing nominated.[44]


The film wonderful a brief half-hour ABC telly sitcom, Delta House, in which Vernon reprised his role while the long-suffering, malevolent Dean Wormer. The sequence too included Furst while Flounder, McGill while D-Day, and Widdoes while Hoover.[45] The pilot episode was written via the film's screenwriters, Kenney, Miller, and Ramis.[46]Michelle Pfeiffer made her performance debut in the sequence (playing a new character, "Bombshell"), and Peter Fox was actors while Otter. Belushi's character from the film, John "Bluto" Blutarsky, is in the Army, however his brother, Blotto, played via Josh Mostel, transfers to Faber to carry on Bluto's tradition.[46]Jim Belushi was asked to play the role of Blotto, however declined.

Animal House wonderful Co-Ed Fever, an extra sitcom however without the involvement of the film's producers or cast.[45] Set in a dorm of the earlier all-female Baxter College, the pilot of Co-Ed Fever was aired via CBS on February 4, 1979, however the network canceled the sequence ahead of ventilation any extra episodes.[47]NBC too had its Animal House-inspired sitcom, Brothers and Sisters, in which three members of Crandall College's Pi Nu fraternity interact with of} members of the Gamma Iota sorority.[45] Like ABC's Delta House, Brothers and Sisters lasted only three months.[48]

The film's writers planned a film sequel set in 1967 (the so-called "Summer of Love"), in which the Deltas keep a reunion appropriate to Pinto's marriage in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco.[49] The only Delta to keep become a hippie is Flounder, who is at the moment called Pisces. Later, Chris Miller and John Weidman, an extra Lampoon writer, created a medical care appropriate to this screenplay, however Universal rejected it since the sequel to American Graffiti, which contained some hippie-1967 sequences, had not done well. When John Belushi died, the scheme was endlessly shelved.[49]

A next attempt at a sequel was made in 1982 with of} promoter Matty Simmons co-authoring a lines which maxim some of the Deltas returning to Faber College five years following the events of the film. The project got not at all more distant than a earliest draft lines old-fashioned May 6, 1982.[50]

Where Are They Now?[edit]

The 2003 "Double Secret Probation Edition" DVD included a short film, Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update, a mockumentary purporting that the earliest film had been a report and Landis was catching up with of} some of the actors (played via their earliest actors). It was never shown theatrically.

It shows the main Animal House characters 30 years on, following Landis to cities the whole amount over America in search of the former Deltas, Omegas, and Dean Wormer, and describes the various locales and professions the characters keep settled into:

  • Donald Schoenstein – Film editor, New York City. Currently in his third marriage to Katy. He has a son named Otis.
  • Babs Jansen – Tour guide, Universal Studios Hollywood. She mentions to Landis that she is organizing an forthcoming Faber reunion, and seems to exist triumphant at her job.
  • Marion Wormer – Seemingly unemployed in Chicago. She tells Landis of how her husband Vernon accepted the accuse appropriate to the march debacle, and was subsequently fired, top to their divorce. She becomes progressively extra tiddly all through the interview, eventually falling away her chair.
  • Kent Dorfman – Executive director, Encounter Groups of Cleveland, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. He recalls trying to food through the 1970s with of} a exceptional program requiring him to blast up the urine of pregnant women.
  • Robert Hoover – Assistant district attorney, Baltimore, Maryland. Hoover tells the narrative of how he resign (from) thing a public defender following he realized various of his clients were insane. He too boasts of how his legal guidance was sought through the O.J. Simpson homicide case.
  • Chip Diller – Landis receives a letter from Diller, who is currently serving while a missionary in Africa. He recalls how he was prevented from going to Vietnam while his father was a prime donor to a few right-wing government campaigns. When he learned of Doug Neidermeyer's fragging in Vietnam, he cut into alcoholism and despair. When he began seeing Jesus in his food, he became a born-again Christian and cut into his current profession while minister and missionary.
  • Dean Vernon Wormer – Wormer is seen at a nursing dwelling in Florida, beneath the watchful eye of a masculine nurse. He appears to exist senile, not recognizing Landis at earliest (calling him "Larry"), and not remembering his tenure while Dean of Faber. When Landis mentions the Deltas, Wormer erupts into a violent, profanity-laced tirade against the boys who worth him his job. He lashes out against the caregiver and then physically attacks Landis, knocking out the camera in the process.
  • Eric Stratton – Gynecologist, Beverly Hills, California. Otter is depicted while still thing the affable, suave gentleman he was in his college days. He remarks that gynecology has been very enjoyable appropriate to him and that he has straightened up a bit since leaving Faber. An attractive, blonde patient in her underwear then tells Otter she's ready appropriate to her examination. Otter politely cuts the meeting away and goes into the exam room.
  • Daniel Simpson Day – Landis remarks in a voiceover that D-Day has been the hardest to track down appropriate to the documentary, saying that rumors keep flown around, with of} his situation ranging from a Buddhist abbey in Nepal to the Yukon Territory. Landis eventually approaches a home in Modesto, California, where a male opens the door via a crack and claims, in a Hispanic accent, "I don't have knowledge of not at all D-Day person! I don't have knowledge of him!" He slams the door in Landis' face and then bursts out of the car port in a car. He pulls out onto the street to the strains of the William Tell Overture, gives a manic laugh exactly like D-Day's, and speeds off.
  • John Blutarsky – In a latest voice-over a shot of the White House, Landis remarks that the viewers the whole amount have knowledge of what happened to Bluto and Mandy Pepperidge: they became the President of the United States and First Lady of the United States.

Home media[edit]

Since its first release, the film has garnered an estimated $141 million in domestic total gross sales, not including merchandising.[3]

Animal House was released on videodisc in 1979.[51] It was released on VHS in 1980, 1983, 1988, and 1990. In 1992, it was released in a 2- load VHS set that included The Blues Brothers. It was earliest released on DVD in February 1998 in a "bare bones" full screen presentation. A 20th anniversary widescreen Collector's Edition DVD and a coinciding THX exceptional edition VHS and a widescreen Signature Collection Laserdisc was released after that year, with of} a 45-minute report titled "The Yearbook — An Animal House Reunion" via promoter J.M. Kenny, with of} making notes, dramatic trailer, and new interviews with of} head Landis, writers Harold Ramis and Chris Miller, composer Elmer Bernstein, and stars Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Stephen Furst, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Bruce McGill, James Widdoes, Peter Riegert, Mark Metcalf and Kevin Bacon.[52] In 2000, the collector's edition DVD was packaged along with of} The Blues Brothers and 1941 in a John Belushi 3-pack box set. The "Double Secret Probation Edition" DVD released in 2003 features actors members reprising their respective roles in a "Where Are They Now?" mockumentary, which posited the earliest film while a documentary. One major alteration shown in this mockumentary from the epilogue of the earliest film is that Bluto went on from his career in the U.S. Senate to become the President of the United States, with of} a voiceover on a shot of the northern portico of the White House, since via then Belushi had died. This DVD too includes "Did You Know That? Universal Animated Anecdotes", a subtitle details track, the production of report from the Collector's Edition, MxPx "Shout" music video, a dramatic trailer, making notes, and actors and filmmakers biographies.[53] In August 2006, the film was released on an HD DVD/DVD combo disc, which featured the film in a 1080p high-definition format on single side, and a standard-definition format on the opposite side.[54] Along with of} the film Unleashed, Animal House was single of Universal's earliest two HD/DVD combo releases,[55] however was after discontinued in 2008 following Universal decided to switch to the Blu-ray optical circle arrangement following the conclusion of the high-definition optical circle arrangement war.[56]

It became available on Blu-ray optical circle in July 28, 2011.[57]

Precursors and legacy[edit]

Animal House was a great box office success despite its limited making costs and started an industry trend,[12] uplifting additional comedies such while Porky's, the Police Academy films, the American Pie films, Up the Academy (made via their opponent journal company: MAD), and Old School among others.[6][12] Belushi became the the majority triumphant masculine light entertainment star in the planet till his 1982 death; Bacon too became a star, and he, Matheson, and Allen are among those who keep had lengthy performance careers. Reitman, Landis, and Ramis became triumphant filmmakers; Landis' use of dramatic actors and soundtrack to produce the light entertainment possible became the traditional approach appropriate to film comedies.[4]

On the communist and counterculture side, the film included references to topical government matters like Kent State shootings, President Harry S. Truman's judgment to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Richard Nixon, the Vietnam war, and the civil rights movement.[6] Precursors of this counterculture seditious humor in film were two non-"college movies", M*A*S*H, a 1970 satirical dark comedy, and The Kentucky Fried Movie, a 1977 formless light entertainment consisting of a sequence of sketches (which was too directed via Landis).[12]

In 2012 Universal Pictures Stage Productions announced it was developing a leg musical version of the movie. Barenaked Ladies were initially announced to write the score, however they were replaced via composer David Yazbek.[58]Casey Nicholaw will direct;[59] author Michael Mitnick is too reportedly involved.[60]

In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it appropriate to keeping in the National Film Registry.[61]Animal House is earliest on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies.[62] In 2000, the American Film Institute ranked the film No. 36 on 100 Years... 100 Laughs, a inventory of the 100 best American comedies.[63] In 2006, Miller wrote a extra comprehensive memoir of his experiences in Dartmouth's AD home in a work entitled, The Real Animal House: The Awesomely Depraved Saga of the Fraternity That Inspired the Movie, in which Miller recounts hijinks that were considered too risqué appropriate to the movie. In 2008, Empire journal selected Animal House while single of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.[64] The film was too selected via The New York Times while single of The 1000 Best Movies Ever Made.[65]

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