Thursday, August 2, 2007

Who Dumped a Whole Truckload of Fizzies at the Swim Meet?

Who delivered the medical school, cadavers to the alumni dinner?
Every fall the trees are full of underwear, every spring the toilets . . . explode.

Animal House was an instant classic and helped to launch John Belushi into mainstream comic front man. While many might argue that The Blues Brothers was his best role, it was Bluto, the Delta Tau Sergeant at Arms, that made his career.

Animal House is another witty combination of spot on one liners complementing great scenes. My favorites include:

1) Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
2) Wait till Otis sees us! He loves us!
3) Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
4) A pledge pin? On your uniform!
5) Greg honey, is it supposed to be this soft?

This film totally ruined my college expectations and also gave me a lifelong resentment towards frat boys. The posh frat house, with Greggy and Dougie and the rest of the Hitler youth, were the prototype of every underhanded, snobbish, rich-boy frat houses in films ever since, most notably captured by the brutal Alpha Betas in Revenge of the Morts, err...Nerds.

Animal House never has a duill moment and hilarious scenes of lone carnage, like Bluto spying through the window of the sorority house, are temepered with group mayhem, notably the death of Niedermayer's horse and the food fight scene.

Animal House is one of the few movies I never get tired of watching whenever it pops up on tv even though I own the Double Secret Probation edition on DVD. There are several moments of my illustrious though checkered college career with friends like Morty, Skippy, Squid, and The Big Tuna, that smack of Animal House shenanigans. And that is why Animal House is #2 on my list of great comedies.

1 comment:

Old said...

Animal House was such a great movie. It went from sedated to total chaos at anytime. Anything could happen in that movie, and you never knew what may happen next, that was part of the flick's genius. And Homer likes it. Rock and Roll!