Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. It has a second one full of white, anglo-saxon, rich young men who are so sanctimonious no one can stand them except Dean Wormer. The dean enlists the help of the second frat to get the boys of Delta House off campus. The dean's plan comes into play just before the homecoming parade to end all parades for all time. Written by
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In 1974, National Lampoon Magazine published a parody called "National Lampoon's 1964 High School Yearbook". While the Yearbook's continuity is unrelated to "Animal House", a senior named Larry Kroger is the owner of the reader's copy of the Yearbook, and Mr. Vernon Wormer is listed as the school's gym teacher and civics instructor. Also, the dead coed in "Animal House" is named Fawn Liebowitz; Faun Rosenberg was another senior featured in the Yearbook. See more »
At one point Eric Stratton makes a phone call from a telephone booth. The booth has blue glass, but in reality telephone booths used red glass at the time. See more »
Every successful movie has its myriad clones and imitators, but none of them ever come close to what made the original so good.
That's certainly true of "Animal House".
The laughs are all solid, especially when the main focus is in toppling the stoic pillars of decency and normality with a battle cry of "food fight!".
Pledges Pinto (Hulce) and Flounder (Furst) are good soldiers, making us laugh with their desire to fit in at first then, finally, to succumb to the madness and pillage and destroy with the other Deltas, led by Bluto (Belushi), who waylays all in his path.
No subsequent attempt to cash in on the "Animal House" success has ever made good in toppling the once and future king of the mountain. Who has ever come close to creating a creature as lovably destructive as Bluto Blutarsky? What other college movie's dean ever made Dean Wormer seem like an easygoing, laid-back guy? What college movie scene comes close to the introduction of the Deltas? The toga party? The horse in the Dean's office? The road trip? The final parade? The....
Well, space is limited but you get the idea.
Ten stars, and a crushed-beer-can-on-the-forehead salute to all involved with the subversive garbage that is "Animal House".
More power to you.
And remember, knowledge is good.
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