Then (1978) and now, I think the Dexter Lake Club incident is unnecessary, indeed a mistake. (Yes, that's Robert Cray among the members of Otis Day's band.) Also the illicit rendezvous with a group of young ladies from Emily Dickinson University seems superfluous. (Obviously, Emily is preferable to Fairleigh.) However, the film ends with a brilliantly staged demolition by the Deltas of the town's annual Founder's Day parade. Be sure to remain for a brief but hilarious "Where are they now?" update. Within a relatively brief period of time, I saw both Animal House and Good News (1947) again. Both examine undergraduate life but that's about all they share in common. Those who plan to see Animal House for the first time (or again) are urged to see Good News first. It stars June Allyson (Connie Lane), Morris Ankrum (Dean Griswold), Tom Dugan (Pooch), Connie Gilchrist (Cora the Cook), Jane Green (Mrs. Drexel), and Peter Lawford (Tommy Marlowe). The portrayal of life on the Tait College campus in Good News establishes a frame-of-reference within which to appreciate even more the high level of satire at work throughout most (but not all) of Animal House.
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National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 comedy film directed by John Landis and adapted by Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller and Harold Ramis from stories written by Miller and published in National Lampoon magazine based on his experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College, as well as Ramis's experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis. The film is about a misfit group of fraternity boys that takes on the system at their college.
It is considered to be the movie that launched the gross-out genre, although it was predated by several films now also included in the genre. Produced on a small $2.7 million budget, the film has turned out to be one of the most profitable movies of all time. Since its initial release, Animal House has garnered an estimated return of more than $141 million in the form of video and DVDs, not including merchandising. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. This film is first on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies." It was #36 on AFI's "100 Years, 100 Laughs" list of the 100 best American comedies.
Promotional song from this movie was "Animal House", written and performed by Stephen Bishop (who also recorded song called "Dream Girl" to the film's soundtrack and who appeared in the movie