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(Pop Matters)   Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, 'Animal House' took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire   (popmatters.com) divider line 78
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2014-04-28 11:40:35 AM
sorry.
 
2014-04-28 11:59:19 AM
And that's a very high bar to jump over.
 
2014-04-28 12:17:48 PM
That house looked like Pearl Harbor after the Germans bombed it.
 
2014-04-28 01:02:35 PM
I saw that for the first time a year ago. Didn't laugh once sadly. I'm sure it was pretty edgy for it's day.
 
2014-04-28 01:04:52 PM
The reason there hasn't been anything like Animal house since: Doug Kenney
 
2014-04-28 01:09:54 PM

'Animal House' took that bar


Bluto: "They took the bar! THE WHOLE F*CKING BAR!!"
 
2014-04-28 01:14:01 PM

wiwille: I saw that for the first time a year ago. Didn't laugh once sadly. I'm sure it was pretty edgy for it's day.


Not really. It's a very overrated piece of cinema. Nearly as overrated as John Belushi himself.
 
2014-04-28 01:24:41 PM
DRTFA, but I disagree.  Many, many, many college parties on campuses across the US are wilder than anything in the Animal House parties.
 
2014-04-28 01:25:49 PM

markfara: wiwille: I saw that for the first time a year ago. Didn't laugh once sadly. I'm sure it was pretty edgy for it's day.

Not really. It's a very overrated piece of cinema. Nearly as overrated as John Belushi himself.


Trolls or people who are no fun at parties?
 
2014-04-28 01:34:21 PM

elvisaintdead: sorry.


What? Do didn't write the script.
The head line works.
TFA sucks, though.
Really. WTF did just read?
 
2014-04-28 01:38:46 PM

vudukungfu: elvisaintdead: sorry.

What? Do didn't write the script.
The head line works.
TFA sucks, though.
Really. WTF did just read?


He broke my guitar.
 
2014-04-28 01:39:28 PM

vudukungfu: elvisaintdead: sorry.

What? Do didn't write the script.
The head line works.
TFA sucks, though.
Really. WTF did just read?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqpNQ9AJYgU
 
2014-04-28 01:40:34 PM
Animal House is kind of funny but also kind of depressing
 
2014-04-28 01:45:17 PM
This movie sucks.
 
2014-04-28 02:04:00 PM

markfara: wiwille: I saw that for the first time a year ago. Didn't laugh once sadly. I'm sure it was pretty edgy for it's day.

Not really. It's a very overrated piece of cinema. Nearly as overrated as John Belushi himself.


Now I will agree that it's overrated, but I saw it at the wrong time. I'm sure if I were 57, and had fond memories of laughing myself silly in a theater watching something that was pretty raunchy and fresh, I'd laugh again re-watching it, but it just hasn't aged well, at all.

Belushi deserved a better film though.
 
2014-04-28 02:04:55 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: 'Animal House' took that bar


Bluto: "They took the bar! THE WHOLE F*CKING BAR!!"


Christ. This is ridiculous. What are we going to do?
 
2014-04-28 02:13:09 PM

Glenford: Englebert Slaptyback: 'Animal House' took that bar


Bluto: "They took the bar! THE WHOLE F*CKING BAR!!"

Christ. This is ridiculous. What are we going to do?


What the hell we s'posed to do, ya moron?
 
2014-04-28 02:13:39 PM

Glenford: Englebert Slaptyback: 'Animal House' took that bar


Bluto: "They took the bar! THE WHOLE F*CKING BAR!!"

Christ. This is ridiculous. What are we going to do?


Road trip!
 
2014-04-28 02:15:04 PM
Wow, I'm dusting off my "people that lack awareness of their lack of a soul" tag for the first time in a while. Next up: The Jerk was never funny.
 
2014-04-28 02:16:38 PM
Animal House Introduced the Use of Serious, Classical Music in Comedies

Uhh, just off the top of my head, the Bad News Bears used classical music throughout the movie, that was in 1975.
 
2014-04-28 02:27:57 PM

buckeyebrain: Glenford: Englebert Slaptyback: 'Animal House' took that bar


Bluto: "They took the bar! THE WHOLE F*CKING BAR!!"

Christ. This is ridiculous. What are we going to do?

What the hell we s'posed to do, ya moron?


-1. Wrong scene.
 
2014-04-28 02:32:05 PM

Crewmannumber6: The reason there hasn't been anything like Animal house since: Doug Kenney


Caddyshack
 
2014-04-28 02:32:36 PM
And, of course, it was set in the early 60s.
 
2014-04-28 02:36:47 PM

strangeguitar: That house looked like Pearl Harbor after the Germans bombed it.


Germans?
 
2014-04-28 02:39:00 PM

47 is the new 42: strangeguitar: That house looked like Pearl Harbor after the Germans bombed it.

Germans?


He's on a roll.
 
2014-04-28 02:39:13 PM

Glenford


buckeyebrain: Glenford: Englebert Slaptyback: 'Animal House' took that bar


Bluto: "They took the bar! THE WHOLE F*CKING BAR!!"

Christ. This is ridiculous. What are we going to do?

What the hell we s'posed to do, ya moron?

-1. Wrong scene.


Everyone thought the Stork here was brain-damaged.
 
2014-04-28 02:56:00 PM
In my opinion, there's not a single second of screen time wasted in Animal House. A lot of its humor is reinforced by its editing and construction. It's a brilliantly executed, funny film. Still.

But this article...oy, this article...

"Recall that the character Pinto's conscious literally appears in the form of an angel and a devil [...]"
(...perhaps they meant conscience?)

"Landis commissioned legendary film composer Leonard Bernstein, of The Magnificent 7, The 10 Commandments, and To Kill a Mockingbird fame [...]"
(Elmer Bernstein, who did score those movies, would beg to differ.)

"[...] and two of soul legend Sam Cooke's brilliant songs from the era, 'Twisting the Night Away', and the spot-on, 'Wonderful Word' [...]"

(...ugh.)
 
2014-04-28 03:19:01 PM
It did change the college landscape a bit, having started college at the time the film came out a lot of the parties tried to compete, I think everybody decide to have a Toga!!! party.  It was funny and edgy.  Will have to see it again to see if it hold up, my guess is the memories of the film are better then the film itself.
 
2014-04-28 03:46:18 PM

Marshmallow Jones: Animal House Introduced the Use of Serious, Classical Music in Comedies

Uhh, just off the top of my head, the Bad News Bears used classical music throughout the movie, that was in 1975.


Perhaps but they didnt have a young Mozart in a leading role.
 
2014-04-28 03:47:21 PM
Oh right.
Sorry.
_ _ _
 
2014-04-28 03:54:07 PM
wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen
 
2014-04-28 04:05:41 PM

Fano: Wow, I'm dusting off my "people that lack awareness of their lack of a soul" tag for the first time in a while. Next up: The Jerk was never funny.


"The Jerk" was/is hilarious. But then, Steve Martin does more than grunt and make faces.
 
2014-04-28 04:13:16 PM
Landis commissioned legendary film composer Leonard Bernstein, of The Magnificent 7, The 10 Commandments, and To Kill a Mockingbird fame, among others, to write the "Faber College Theme", a proud and self-important sounding school song.

Leonard Bernstein?

Those assholes must have stolen the wrong farking exam.
 
2014-04-28 04:39:52 PM

puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, Karen Allen and Donald Sutherland's naked ass


FTFY

/I laugh my ass off at that for some reason
//pun intended
 
2014-04-28 04:41:58 PM
You farked up!  You trusted us!
 
2014-04-28 04:49:40 PM

hubcity: In my opinion, there's not a single second of screen time wasted in Animal House


Donald Sutherland.  I know the whole story and they needed a big name, and the subplot with Karen Allen, yada yada yada, but the scene of them smoking pot screechs that movie to a halt.

In other news, I saw a "Behind the scenes" thing that said the most overlooked joke in the movie is Bluto on the ladder.
His boner pushes the ladder back.  They said most people just assume he was watching Betty and then the ladder fell.

I never caught it until they pointed it out (no pun intended)
 
2014-04-28 04:52:49 PM

wiwille: Belushi deserved a better film though.


He got one.
 
2014-04-28 04:56:32 PM

buntz: In other news, I saw a "Behind the scenes" thing that said the most overlooked joke in the movie is Bluto on the ladder.
His boner pushes the ladder back.  They said most people just assume he was watching Betty and then the ladder fell.

I never caught it until they pointed it out (no pun intended)


My wife: "So both his hands were on the ladder."
Me: "Right."
My wife: "So the only way for that to happen would be..."
(Conversation dissolves into snickering, after which more wine is poured.)
 
2014-04-28 05:05:32 PM
I saw Animal House and Caddyshack when the whole VHS/Beta war was going on.  Many people died in that war to buy us 240i home video.  Anyway as a youngster I laughed my ass off at these films.  Same with Blazing Saddles.  None of them have aged very well.  Caddyshack holds up the best of the three, but still it, like the others, are products of their time and aren't that great without the benefit of nostalgia.

//Were groundbreaking in their own ways, but no one references Trip to the Moon or The Great Train Robbery when talking about films to watch.
 
2014-04-28 05:14:20 PM
Double rock & rye and seven Carlings.
 
2014-04-28 05:24:38 PM

xtalman: It did change the college landscape a bit, having started college at the time the film came out a lot of the parties tried to compete, I think everybody decide to have a Toga!!! party.  It was funny and edgy.  Will have to see it again to see if it hold up, my guess is the memories of the film are better then the film itself.


THAT was the part that embarrassed me. All of a sudden people at parties were dressing up in sheets and getting drunk and pretending like that was "a thing" when in reality it was just something they'd seen in a movie and shamelessly copied.
 
2014-04-28 05:26:39 PM

vudukungfu: wiwille: Belushi deserved a better film though.

He got one.


I clicked on that link, all the while thinking that "whatever it is, I should respond with 'Don't you mean 'Continental Divide'?'" And then...

So instead, you get:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-28 05:29:39 PM

buckeyebrain: Glenford: Englebert Slaptyback: 'Animal House' took that bar


Bluto: "They took the bar! THE WHOLE F*CKING BAR!!"

Christ. This is ridiculous. What are we going to do?

What the hell we s'posed to do, ya moron?


Even if I had no appreciation for any of Doug Kenney's other work, I'd like him just for that one line delivery.
 
2014-04-28 05:51:08 PM

Uzzah: vudukungfu: wiwille: Belushi deserved a better film though.

He got one.

I clicked on that link, all the while thinking that "whatever it is, I should respond with 'Don't you mean 'Continental Divide'?'" And then...

So instead, you get:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x335]



"I wasn't born with your hand in my bush."
 
2014-04-28 06:04:21 PM
Really liked "Neighbors".  You just had to get past the well-known " Belushi and Aykroyd " assumption.  Although Vic really was an Aykroyd character.
 
2014-04-28 06:13:46 PM

mjbok: I saw Animal House and Caddyshack when the whole VHS/Beta war was going on.  Many people died in that war to buy us 240i home video.  Anyway as a youngster I laughed my ass off at these films.  Same with Blazing Saddles.  None of them have aged very well.  Caddyshack holds up the best of the three, but still it, like the others, are products of their time and aren't that great without the benefit of nostalgia.

//Were groundbreaking in their own ways, but no one references Trip to the Moon or The Great Train Robbery when talking about films to watch.


Caddy Shack had Ted Knight and Rodney, two pros.
 
2014-04-28 06:15:03 PM
My fraternity had the Delta House on the beach.
Great place to party.

Nope, no one drowned...but it was CT...brrr
 
2014-04-28 06:32:40 PM
Must be a generational thing. I love Animal House, its one of my favorite movies. I've yet to see any Will Farrell movie that even gets a chuckle from me.
 
2014-04-28 06:47:49 PM

puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen


No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.
 
2014-04-28 07:06:55 PM

slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.


The point is, none of those people were "well-known".  Aside from Belushi, Donald Sutherland would've been about the only recognizable name, and it isn't like the general populace was champing at the bit for "the new Sutherland flick".  They had a current, recognizable name, a good script, and they made it pretty cheaply, partly because Belushi liked Robert Cray and some of the bands that played up and down I-5.  They made it at the U of Oregon and surroundings, much of which could still pass for 1962, even then.  I think all the money they saved went toward hiring Kevin Bacon.
 
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