History Film / AnimalHouse

18th Feb '18 8:47:23 PM Kalmbach
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* WhatADrag: Niedermeyer is dragged behind his horse after Boon and Otter use him as a target for their golf practice.
18th Feb '18 8:37:32 PM Kalmbach
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* RuleOfThree: After [[ItMakesSenseInContext Flounder inadvertently kills Niedermeyer's horse]], Bluto's only reaction is to exclaim ''[[OhCrap "Holy shit!"]]'' three times.
** Pinto's attempt to get Clorette's attention is to throw three rocks [[SerialEscalation of increasing size]] at her bedroom window, the last one breaking the glass.
18th Feb '18 8:21:51 PM Kalmbach
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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Perhaps the best known example. The DVD featured a modern-day update on this. The highlights: Otter is a doctor with sexy patients, Diller is a missionary thanks to seeing Jesus in his food numerous times (including a shot of Kevin Bacon from ''Film/{{Tremors}}''), Babs is still a tour guide giving ludicrously bad information, Boon and Katy have married, divorced, and reconciled a number of times, Dean Wormer is senile but the Deltas are still a BerserkButton, D-Day is living off the grid across the border and flees when John Landis tracks him down, and Bluto is ''[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush the President of the United States]]''.

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Perhaps the best known example. The DVD featured a modern-day update on this. The highlights: Otter is a doctor gynecologist with sexy patients, Diller is a missionary thanks to seeing Jesus in his food numerous times (including a shot of Kevin Bacon from ''Film/{{Tremors}}''), Pinto is a filmmaker, Babs is still a tour guide giving ludicrously bad information, Boon and Katy have married, divorced, and reconciled a number of times, Hoover is the Assistant District Attorney of Baltimore, Dean Wormer is senile but the Deltas are still a BerserkButton, D-Day is living off the grid across the border and flees when John Landis tracks him down, and Bluto is ''[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush the President of the United States]]''.
18th Feb '18 4:55:15 PM Kalmbach
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Even in the pre-Vietnam 1960s, ROTC cadets were not issued live ammunition outside of strictly controlled, on-range training. Of course, the filmmakers were probably just emphasizing what a SociopathicSoldier (flavor 1) and aspiring ColonelKilgore Neidermeyer is.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Even in the pre-Vietnam 1960s, ROTC cadets were not issued live ammunition outside of strictly controlled, on-range training. [[note]]And in any case, .30-06 ammunition can be legally purchased by civilians.[[/note]] Of course, the filmmakers were probably just emphasizing what a SociopathicSoldier (flavor 1) and aspiring ColonelKilgore Neidermeyer is.
24th Jan '18 2:57:21 AM Cryoclaste
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The best known of all the NationalLampoon movies, ''Animal House'' is a 1978 film about the [[WackyFratboyHijinx wacky hijinx]] of the members of the Delta fraternity at "Faber College" in 1962-63, as they fight against the snooty Omegas and the uptight dean Vernon Wormer.

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The best known of all the NationalLampoon Franchise/NationalLampoon movies, ''Animal House'' is a 1978 film about the [[WackyFratboyHijinx wacky hijinx]] of the members of the Delta fraternity at "Faber College" in 1962-63, as they fight against the snooty Omegas and the uptight dean Vernon Wormer.
7th Jan '18 2:52:37 AM TrollBrutal
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* PetTheDog: Wormer has one moment in which he speaks to any of the Deltas in a manner that's not threatening, mocking, bullying, or enraged; one instant in which he reveals a glimpse that beneath it all there was (or used to be) a genuine educator; one line in which he very nearly relates to any student as a human being, and that line is directed to Kent Dorfman. [[OverlyLongGag As noted, quoted and paraphrased]] on this very page:
--> '''Dean Wormer''': ''Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.''

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* PetTheDog: Wormer has one moment in which he speaks to any of the Deltas in a manner that's not threatening, mocking, bullying, or enraged; one instant in which he reveals a glimpse that beneath it all there was (or used to be) a genuine educator; one line in which he very nearly relates to any student as a human being, and that line is directed to Kent Dorfman. [[OverlyLongGag As noted, quoted and paraphrased]] on this very page:
Dorfman.
--> '''Dean Wormer''': ''Fat, Wormer:'''Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.''



--> "They took ''the bar!!'' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THE WHOLE, FUCKING BAR!!!]]'''''

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--> "They -->They took ''the bar!!'' bar!!' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THE WHOLE, FUCKING BAR!!!]]'''''
7th Jan '18 2:26:23 AM glickmam
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** It's also worth noting that the good boy of the group, Hoover, never shows any real attraction to women, this being notable because virtually everyone else in Delta House is girl-crazy to some degree. Pinto was pretty sure Hoover's room was the place to go with a girl to make out and not be interrupted. Also, they felt no need to give him an actual nickname, deciding "Hoover" was fitting enough. Think about it.
14th Dec '17 11:31:18 AM DocWildNole
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** A subtle and indirect occurrence in Wormer's office. The Dean says, "Congratulations, Kroger; you're at the top of the Delta pledge class." Bluto smiles and nods proudly, giving Pinto a little pat on the back, over Mr. Kroger's first-semester achievement of a 1.2 GPA. (Pinto himself gets the sarcasm.)



* PetTheDog: Wormer has one moment in which he speaks to any of the Deltas in a manner that's not threatening, mocking, bullying, or enraged; one instant in which he reveals a glimpse that beneath it all there was (or used to be) a genuine educator; one line in which he every nearly relates to any student as a human being, and that line is directed to Kent Dorfman. As noted, quoted and paraphrased on this very page:

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* PetTheDog: Wormer has one moment in which he speaks to any of the Deltas in a manner that's not threatening, mocking, bullying, or enraged; one instant in which he reveals a glimpse that beneath it all there was (or used to be) a genuine educator; one line in which he every very nearly relates to any student as a human being, and that line is directed to Kent Dorfman. [[OverlyLongGag As noted, quoted and paraphrased paraphrased]] on this very page:



** Given that it ''is'' in the pre-JFK assassination (check the homecoming float) 60s, culturally it has as much to say about the end of TheFifties.

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** Given that it ''is'' in the pre-JFK assassination (check the Omega homecoming float) 60s, culturally it has as much to say about the end of TheFifties.
8th Dec '17 7:59:34 AM DocWildNole
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* TeachersPet: The Omegas are Dean Wormer's, to the nth degree.



* VillainyFreeVillain: Dean Wormer is an unpleasant antagonist, but for the most part he's [[JerkassHasAPoint merely enforcing campus rules]] against hilarious but admittedly proto-delinquents. Part of his problem is that he's under pressure from the town's mayor, who goes so far as to threaten to have Wormer physically crippled if the Deltas do anything to embarrass him.
** Not ''immoral'', perhaps, but even in the early 1960s it was ethically questionable to enlist one group of students to spy on another; to run a kangaroo court in which the spied-upon have no reasonable chance to address the charges against them, some of which are absolutely false; and to justify all this with a "double-secret probation".
6th Dec '17 9:45:41 AM DocWildNole
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* AuthorAvatar: Pinto, which was Chris Miller's frat name; underscored by Pinto's future career... as an editor of [[Franchise/NationalLampoon ''National Lampoon Magazine''.]]

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* AuthorAvatar: Pinto, which was Chris Miller's frat name; underscored by Pinto's future career... as an editor of [[Franchise/NationalLampoon ''National National Lampoon Magazine''.Magazine.]]



* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Omegas are snobbish, bigoted, mean, and sneaky. The Deltas are not -- but they're still far, ''far'' from model citizens. Let's face it, they're petty criminals at best. On the other hand, the Omegas are openly elitist, racist and antisemitic. The Deltas have one AmbiguouslyJewish member, are friendly to black people (which is notable considering the movie is set in the early sixties) and Flounder's older brother, Fred, may or may not have been gay (depending on your interpretation of the phrase "closet case"). In short, from the [[FairForItsDay point of view of the late 1970s]], the Deltas have (as one critic wrote of [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]]) none of the virtues except the essential ones, and all of the vices except the unforgivable ones; the Omegas, just the opposite.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Omegas are snobbish, bigoted, mean, and sneaky. The Deltas are not -- but they're still far, ''far'' from model citizens. Let's face it, they're petty criminals at best. On the other hand, the Omegas are also openly elitist, racist and antisemitic. The Deltas have one AmbiguouslyJewish member, are friendly to black people (which is notable considering the movie is set in the early sixties) and Flounder's older brother, Fred, may or may not have been gay (depending on your interpretation of the phrase "closet case"). In short, from the [[FairForItsDay point of view of the late 1970s]], the Deltas have (as one critic wrote of [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]]) none of the virtues except the essential ones, and all of the vices except the unforgivable ones; the Omegas, just the opposite.



** At the very beginning of the film, Pinto and Flounder walk past a statue of Faber's founder, Emil Faber (including the plaque inscribed with Mr. Faber's famous maxim, "Knowledge is good.") At the very end of the film, the head of said statue adorns the hood of the Deathmobile.



--> '''Otter''' You fucked up. You trusted us.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Otis Day plays at Delta House's unforgettable toga party. When they go to see him at a bar a few days later, he doesn't even remember who they are. Alternatively, they may be unwilling to admit it because the Deltas are white and everyone else in the bar is an AngryBlackMan.

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--> '''Otter''' '''Otter''': You fucked up. You trusted us.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Otis Day plays at Delta House's unforgettable toga party. When they go to see him at a bar a few days later, he doesn't even remember who they are. Alternatively, they may be are (or he's unwilling to admit it because the Deltas are white and everyone else in the bar is an AngryBlackMan.AngryBlackMan).



* CheatersNeverProsper: Zig-zagged. Bluto and D-Day steal the answers to an upcoming psychology test, but it turns out the Omegas planted the exam mimeograph and the Deltas get every answer wrong. Their grade-point averages drop so low that Wormer needs only one more incident to revoke the charter that allows them to remain on campus. The Omegas, however, are implied to have used the answers themselves to pass with flying colors. Most of the Deltas end up graduating anyway.

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* CheatersNeverProsper: Zig-zagged. Bluto and D-Day steal the answers to an upcoming psychology test, but it turns out the Omegas planted the exam mimeograph and the Deltas get every answer wrong. Their grade-point averages drop so low that Wormer needs only one more incident to revoke the charter that allows them to remain on campus. The Omegas, however, are implied to have used the answers themselves to pass with flying colors. Most of the Deltas end up graduating anyway.



* CorruptPolitician: The Mayor of Faber, Carmine DePasto, extorts money from the college to finance the parade. His little screen time is enough to depict him as a bigwig even nastier than Dean Wormer, whom he threatens with physical mayhem. This is not typical behavior for most small college-town mayors, but his name and accent suggest strongly that His Honor may be at the very least [[TheMafia well-connected]].

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* CorruptPolitician: The Mayor of Faber, Carmine DePasto, De Pasto, in his short but memorable screen time makes Wormer look sympathetic by comparison. De Pasto extorts money from the college to finance the parade. His little screen time is enough to depict him as parade and, when Wormer offers a bigwig even nastier than Dean Wormer, whom he threatens with physical mayhem. mild protest, replies calmly, "If you mention extortion again, I'll [[KneeCapping have your legs broken]]." This is not typical behavior for most small college-town mayors, but his name and accent suggest strongly that His Honor may be at the very least [[TheMafia well-connected]].



* CruelToBeKind: Well, you have to admit that fat, drunk, and stupid ''is'' no way to go through life.

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* CruelToBeKind: Well, you have to must admit that fat, drunk, and stupid ''is'' no way to go through life.



-->Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.



** A minor example: the United States Army does have fairly strict regulations covering jewelry, including pledge pins on uniforms.



* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Greg, each time he takes Mandy to MakeOutPoint. His luck doesn't improve with Mandy, who utters the infamous query, "Is it supposed to be this soft?"

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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Greg, each time he takes Mandy to MakeOutPoint. His luck doesn't improve with Mandy, Babs, who utters the infamous query, "Is it supposed to be this soft?"



** Chip has a great O.C. expression at the parade when he turns to see a crowd of panicked spectators

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** Chip has a great O.C. expression at the parade when he turns to see a crowd of panicked spectatorsspectators charging toward him.



* OurFounder: The Faber fellow. "Knowledge is Good"

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* OurFounder: The Faber fellow. Emil Faber. "Knowledge is Good"Good."



* PetTheDog: You have to admit that fat, drunk, and stupid ''is'' no way to go through life. And that line is delivered in a far kinder tone than what he says to the other Deltas.

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* PetTheDog: You have PetTheDog: Wormer has one moment in which he speaks to admit any of the Deltas in a manner that's not threatening, mocking, bullying, or enraged; one instant in which he reveals a glimpse that fat, drunk, beneath it all there was (or used to be) a genuine educator; one line in which he every nearly relates to any student as a human being, and that line is directed to Kent Dorfman. As noted, quoted and paraphrased on this very page:
--> '''Dean Wormer''': ''Fat, drunk
and stupid ''is'' is no way to go through life. And that line is delivered in a far kinder tone than what he says to the other Deltas.life, son.''



** At their rush party, the Omegas humiliate Pinto and Flounder by forcing them sit at a segregated table with a Muslim (albeit one in a Sikh turban), a Hindu, a Jew, and a blind kid. Oh, and they mispronounce the Hindu guy's name -- on purpose. (They also consistently call Pinto [[MaliciousMisnaming Lonnie instead of Larry]], and his attempts to correct them are rewarded only with a patronising chuckle.)
** The movie seems to be subverting - or at least playing with - the "bad-guys-bigoted-good-guys-tolerant" stock plot. The Deltas certainly ''try'' to be open-minded, but they're hardly civil-rights crusaders: they implicitly accept the ''de facto'' segregation of the Dexter Lake Club by fleeing in terror (which is, admittedly, [[FairForItsDay what most white people in that situation would have done]], but the point is that in most movies of this type, [[StupidGood the frat brothers would sincerely try to relate to the other brothers]]). And they seem unconcerned -- and even gleeful -- about UnfortunateImplications when they ram a pro-integration float in the climactic parade scene, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything tearing the two papier-mache hands of different colors completely apart]].

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** At their rush party, the Omegas humiliate Pinto and Flounder by forcing them sit at a segregated table with a Muslim (albeit one in a Sikh turban), a Hindu, a Jew, and a blind kid.kid in a wheelchair. Oh, and they mispronounce the Hindu guy's name -- on purpose. (They also consistently call Pinto [[MaliciousMisnaming Lonnie instead of Larry]], and his attempts to correct them are rewarded only with a patronising chuckle.)
** The movie seems to be subverting - or at least playing with - the "bad-guys-bigoted-good-guys-tolerant" stock plot. The Deltas certainly ''try'' to be open-minded, but they're hardly civil-rights crusaders: they implicitly accept the ''de facto'' segregation of the Dexter Lake Club by fleeing in terror (which is, admittedly, [[FairForItsDay what most white people in that situation would have done]], but the point is that in most movies of this type, [[StupidGood the frat brothers would sincerely try to relate to the other brothers]]). And they seem unconcerned -- and even gleeful -- about UnfortunateImplications when they ram a pro-integration float in the climactic parade scene, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything tearing the two papier-mache hands of different colors completely apart]].
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son." Though it's notable that Wormer says it in a slightly sympathetic way (compared to how he addressed the rest of the Deltas), making it a slight PetTheDog towards Flounder as well.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son." Though it's notable that Wormer says it in a slightly sympathetic way (compared to how he addressed the rest Dean Wormer's recitation of the Deltas), making it a slight PetTheDog towards Flounder as well.[[SarcasmMode Rhodes Scholar level academic achievements]] of the Deltas.



* SeriousBusiness: Fraternity initiations. Even Delta's whacked-out ceremony.

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* SeriousBusiness: Fraternity initiations. Even Delta's whacked-out ceremony. '' "With liberty and justice for all. Amen." ''



** Given that it ''is'' in the pre-JFK assassination (check the homecoming float) 60s, culturally it has as much to say about the end of TheFifties.



* TakeThat: Bluto goes on to become a U.S. Senator.
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