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(National Lampoon's) Animal House (1978)


Written by Tim Dirks

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(National Lampoon's) Animal House (1978)

In John Landis' classic, low-budget frat house comedy about fictional Faber College in 1962 and the misfit Delta Tau Chi fraternity house - known for debauchery, drinking, and other misadventures that pitted the fraternity in a madcap war against administrators and some ROTC members:

  • the character of Faber College's animalistic, misfit, beer-bellied, Delta fraternity member John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi) - with numerous gross-out belches and slobbish behavior (such as crushing beer cans on his head), or in the cafeteria lunch line - first munching on a hard-boiled egg with the shell (from the discarded food area), and his progress along the counter piling up and overloading food on his tray (and taking bites of a few items and putting back the half-eaten remains), stuffing his pockets, sucking (or slurping) down a plate of bright green Jell-O in one gulp, and filling his mouth with an entire hamburger
  • at the cafeteria table, Bluto was asked by frat boy Greg Marmalard (James Daughton): "Don't you have any respect for yourself?" and one of the preppy sorority girls Babs Jansen (Martha Smith) was also disgusted by him: "It is absolutely gross. That boy is a P-I-G, pig", he followed up with a guess-what-I-am-impersonation: ("See if you can guess what I am now"), then punched his cheeks with his fists to send a cream puff in all directions: ("I'm a zit. Geddit?")
Bluto's Slobbish Behavior
  • the cafeteria's food fight scene and Bluto's instigating battle cry ("Food fight!")
  • the wild "Toga, Toga" party scene in Delta House at Faber College (chanted by Bluto and others), after Dean Wormer (John Vernon) told the frat that they were on "double secret probation" - and during the Toga Party, Bluto's smashing of the guitar of a folk singer (Stephen Bishop) on the stairway
  • Bluto's famous factually-inaccurate, motivational challenge to his fellow frat brothers to join him to seek revenge on Dean Wormer and the clean-cut Omegas, after the Delta House Fraternity had been closed and they had all been kicked out of school: ("Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!...It ain't over now. Cause when the goin' gets tough, the tough get goin'. Who's with me? Let's go. Come on!"); after he ran to the front door but no one followed him, he returned to chastize everyone: "What the f--k happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. 'Ooh, we're afraid to go with you, Bluto, we might get in trouble.' (shouting) Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. Wormer, he's a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer..."; Otter (Tim Matheson) agreed with Bluto: "Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now, we could fight 'em with conventional weapons. That could take years and cost millions of lives. No, in this case, I think we have to go all out. I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part"; Bluto shouted: "We're just the guys to do it...LET'S DO IT!"
  • the voyeuristic and winking Peeping Tom scene of Bluto on a ladder outside the window of a sorority house, watching the half-dressed frat girls having a pillow fight; he glanced backwards to share a conspiratorial glance with the voyeuristic film audience behind him; and then he was amazed to see self-pleasuring, half-naked Mandy Pepperidge (Mary Louise Weller) by herself - causing his ladder to fall backwards
  • the make-out scene of new recruit Larry "Pinto" Kroger (Tom Hulce) debating with a devil and angel figure (his conscience) on his shoulders about whether to take advantage of passed-out coed Clorette dePasto (Sarah Holcomb) - not knowing that she was the mayor's 13 year-old daughter: Devil: "F--k her. F--k her brains out. Suck her tits. Squeeze her buns. You know she wants it." Angel: "For shame! Lawrence, I'm surprised at you!" Devil: "Aw, don't listen to that jack-off. Look at those gazongas. You'll never get a better chance." Angel: "If you lay one finger on that poor sweet helpless girl, you'll despise yourself forever... I'm proud of you, Lawrence." Devil: "You homo")
  • the scene of a Playboy-reading young kid thanking God for a cheerleader from a float catapulted into his room during the sabotaged and ruinous homecoming parade

"Toga, Toga"

"Peeping Tom" Scene of
Sorority Coed Mandy Pepperidge (Mary Louise Weller)

Clorette dePasto
(Sarah Holcomb)

"Pinto's" Dilemma

Playboy-Reading Kid


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