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Animal House of Blues: How a Community Helped Create a Hollywood Blockbuster or Two (2012)

This is a documentary about the making of National Lampoon's Animal House in Eugene Oregon in 1978.


Jay Richardson, Marv Leake (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Robert Bailey Robert Bailey ... Himself
Maida Belove ... Herself
Dennis Cozzalio ... Himself
The Cry The Cry ... Themselves
Otis Day ... Himself
Howard Farling Howard Farling ... Himself
Mike Hagen Mike Hagen ... Himself
Bob Laird Bob Laird ... Himself
Bruce Lundy Bruce Lundy ... Himself
Mike Mitchell Mike Mitchell ... Himself
Kim Plant Kim Plant ... Herself
Silas Valentino Silas Valentino ... Himself
James 'Izzy' Whetstine James 'Izzy' Whetstine ... Himself, Narrator
Stephen Craig Wickham Stephen Craig Wickham ... Himself
Katherine Wilson ... Herself


This is a documentary about the making of National Lampoon's Animal House in Eugene Oregon in 1978.

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22 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Eugene, Oregon, USA See more »


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$35,000 (estimated)
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Won Best Documentary Feature by a Pacific Northwest Filmmaker at the Eugene International Film Festival See more »

Alternate Versions

This version is an EXTENDED version with roughly 20 minutes (1/3rd of the film) of new footage and is 11 minutes longer than the original Film Festival Version nearly 2 years ago, and is why it was released on DVD, in addition to Vimeo world wide. See more »


References National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) See more »


Beast of Burden
Written by R. Bailey
Courtesy of Rob Perkins and Robert Bailey
Licensed through Me Gusta Music
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Exciting Doc about the Unsung Heroes Featuring Unearthed Belushi Blues Tracks!
6 October 2013 | by brettw-6See all my reviews

Behind every great movie and the stars who get all the credit are the people who sweat not under the lights, but while setting them up and making sure they turn on. ANIMAL HOUSE OF BLUES tells their story and it is a compelling one. With interviews filmed near the actual ANIMAL HOUSE locations in Eugene, Oregon, blues legend Curtis Salgado, local casting directors, extras and members of Ken Kesey's Pranksters get the chance to tell the story of their influence on the iconic college comedy, as well as THE BLUES BROTHERS a few years later.

The film traces ANIMAL HOUSE's origins back to Kesey and his wild acid-fueled bus trips across America and his influence on the writers of the film, through the ANIMAL HOUSE crew's wild parties amongst Eugene's blues scene in the 1970's all the way to the present as hundreds of toga clad locals march through the streets of Cottage Grove, Oregon celebrating the chaotic fraternity that rampaged the same streets in the film. Possibly the most exciting part of the documentary comes with the stories of Salgado and his friendship with John Belushi. Belushi would later credit Salgado with influencing the Blues Brothers, and the film features unreleased live tracks of Belushi singing two future Blues Brothers standards with Salgado at the Eugene Hotel. Fans of Saturday NIGHT LIVE and the late Belushi will not want to miss out on hearing these!

ANIMAL HOUSE OF BLUES is a concise and heartfelt portrait of a community coming together to help make a comedy classic or two. In turn, these films have come to define the communities that made them. The locals who helped make these films are finally able to tell their stories and get the credit they deserve as well as pay tribute to the films that gave them so much. Listen to them. They have a lot to say.

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