National Lampoon's Animal House

Series - Retrospective

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The rowdy and rebellious frat brothers of Delta House turned "Toga! Toga!" into a generational rallying cry in the film that sparked the reinvention of American movie comedy.

"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life." — Dean Wormer (John Vernon)

"FOOD FIGHT!!!!!!" — Bluto (John Belushi)

Arriving at Faber College in 1962, bright-eyed freshmen Larry Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent Dorfman (Stephen Furst) eagerly seek to join a fraternity. When they are spurned by the elitist Omega Theta Pi, they find acceptance with the rowdy Delta House, led by the smooth-talking Otter (Tim Matheson) and his best friend Boon (Peter Riegert), who are on perpetual probation for their drunken antics. When the uptight Dean Wormer (John Vernon) joins forces with the Omegas to drive the Deltas off of campus, the Deltas do the only thing they can do: throw a wild, bacchanalian toga party presided over by their spiritual leader and hellraiser-in-chief Bluto (John Belushi). Dumb comedy was never so smart as in Animal House, which became a box-office sensation and a cultural landmark — not least because of Belushi's legendary, near-silent performance as the popeyed Bluto, who embodies the raucous, rock-and-roll attitude of seventies comedy while tracing it back to the slapstick heritage of the great silent comedians. Both hilarious and oddly humanistic, Animal House changed the face of American comedy by "find[ing] some kind of precarious balance between insanity and accuracy, between cheerfully wretched excess and an ability to reproduce the most revealing nuances of human behavior" (Roger Ebert).