History Trivia / AnimalHouse

5th Aug '16 8:22:33 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Creator/BrianDoyleMurray was the original choice for Hoover.
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* DeletedRole: Sunny Johnson is listed in the credits as "Otter's Co-Ed". She does not appear in the movie, however, as her scene was cut.

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* DeletedRole: DeletedRole: Sunny Johnson is listed in the credits as "Otter's Co-Ed". She does not appear in the movie, however, as her scene was cut.



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5th Aug '16 4:13:40 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AFIS100Years100Laughs: #36
* AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
** #82, "Toga! Toga!"

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** *** #82, "Toga! Toga!"



* TheDanza: John Belushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky.

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* CreatorCameo: Creator/JohnLandis sacrificed his heavy beard and much of his hair to appear in the film as a cafeteria dishwasher who catches Bluto mooching and tries, unsuccessfully, to stop him. The scene was filmed, but despite his personal sacrifices, Landis eventually also sacrificed the scene.
* TheDanza: John Belushi Creator/JohnBelushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky.



* DeletedRole: Sunny Johnson is listed in the credits as "Otter's Co-Ed". She does not appear in the movie, however, as her scene was cut.
* DeletedScene: A scene that was cut was Pinto being entertained by Boon and Hoover by telling tales of legendary Delta House frat brothers from years before. The past fraternity brothers had names like Tarantula, Bulldozer, Giraffe, and his girlfriend, Gross Kay.



** When not filming, John Landis purposely prevented the actors playing Deltas from interacting with the actors playing Omegas so that the "enemies" wouldn't end up bonding with each other (the Delta actors were even brought to the set a few weeks earlier than the Omegas to achieve this).

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** When not filming, John Landis Creator/JohnLandis purposely prevented the actors playing Deltas from interacting with the actors playing Omegas so that the "enemies" wouldn't end up bonding with each other (the Delta actors were even brought to the set a few weeks earlier than the Omegas to achieve this).



** When Bluto takes Charming Guy's guitar and smashes it, the scene was completely improvised from the script. The terrified reaction from the actors is genuine.



* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Several of the scenes with Bluto, such as the part where he piles on food and when he smashes the guitar, were improvised by Belushi.
* ThrowItIn: When Bluto is sneaking around the campus at night and slips, rolls around and casually stands back up, that was an actual slip-up by Belushi from the very wet grass on the location. The director thought it was the funniest take and used it.

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Several of the scenes with Bluto, such as the part where he piles on food and when he smashes the guitar, were improvised by Belushi.
Creator/JohnBelushi.
* MissingTrailerScene: A scene featuring Otter driving a girl (played by location scout Katherine Wilson) to the Rainbow Motel on Old Mill Road is seen briefly in the original trailer but was deleted from the film.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/DonaldSutherland was so convinced of the movie's lack of potential, that, when offered a percent of the gross or a flat fee of $75,000 for his three days' work, he took the upfront payment. Had he taken the gross percentage he would have been worth an additional $3-4 million.
* RealLifeRelative: Creator/JohnBelushi's wife, Judy Jacklin (now Judith Belushi-Pisano), is an uncredited extra in several toga party scenes.
** The female clerk from whom Flounder buys the marbles is actually Stephen Furst's wife.
* ReCut: The original version of the movie was 175 minutes long. Amongst the scenes which were deleted were some more scenes with Bluto, including scene where a dishwasher (played by John Landis) tries to stop Bluto from eating all the food and gets pulled across the table and thrown on the floor while Bluto says "You don't fuck with the eagles unless you know how to fly" and extended version of the scene where Bluto pours mustard on himself and starts singing "I am the Mustard Man."
* TheRedStapler: Originally popular during the late Fifties and early Sixties, fraternity "toga parties" became a huge fad all over again at colleges across America following the release of this film.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/KevinBacon makes his film debut.
* StillbornFranchise: A sequel was planned that would take place during the 1969 Summer of Love and involve the Deltas reuniting for Otter's wedding. But when ''Film/MoreAmericanGraffiti'' bombed at the box-office, Universal stalled the project. The project was scrapped for good when Creator/JohnBelushi died in 1982.
* ThrowItIn: When Bluto is sneaking around the campus at night and slips, rolls around and casually stands back up, that was an actual slip-up by Belushi Creator/JohnBelushi from the very wet grass on the location. The director Creator/JohnLandis thought it was the funniest take and used it.it.
** Verna Bloom said that her scene with Dean Wormer, where she is drunk and he is on the phone with the Mayor, was completely improvised because Landis was unhappy with the dialogue written into the script.



** The character of Otter was written with Creator/ChevyChase in mind and he was originally going to be Otter, but had to cancel due to a schedule conflict.
** Creator/BillMurray and Creator/DanAykroyd were also pursued for the roles of Boon and D-Day, respectively.
** If John Belushi turned down the role of Bluto, the next choice would've been Music/MeatLoaf.

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** The character of Otter was written with Creator/ChevyChase in mind and he was originally going asked to be Otter, but had play the role of Eric "Otter" Stratton. He turned it down in order to cancel due star in ''Film/FoulPlay''. Creator/JohnLandis preferred to a schedule conflict.
cast unknown actors instead of comedians and takes credit for subtly discouraging Chase by describing the film as an "ensemble".
** Creator/BillMurray and Creator/DanAykroyd were also pursued for the roles of Boon and D-Day, respectively.
respectively, but they were busy with ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. In fact, the role of D-Day was based on Aykroyd.
** If John Belushi Creator/JohnBelushi turned down the role of Bluto, the next choice would've been Music/MeatLoaf.


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** Belushi wanted his character to go with the others on the road trip but Landis refused, arguing that his character was best used sparingly.
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** Creator/HaroldRamis wrote the part of Boon for himself to play, but Landis felt Ramis was too old. Ramis was so disappointed that he refused to accept a smaller part Landis offered him. (Ramis was 32, Peter Riegert was 29).
** Originally, Ramis and Doug Kenney's idea was titled ''Laser Orgy Girls'', a comedy about CharlesManson as a high school student. Producer Matty Simmons suggested that the setting be changed to college and the content to be toned down. Ramis also incorporated ideas from an earlier treatment he wrote titled ''Freshman Year'' based on his experiences in college.
** The original script called for Flounder to be admitted to the fraternity only if he told one of Larry Kroger's secrets. Flounder blurted out, "He's got spots on his weenie!" Later, during the naming of the pledges, when Larry asks why his Delta name is Pinto, the entire fraternity drunkenly yells, "'Cause you got a spotted dong!"
** In the original script, Flounder and Sissy fall asleep during the toga party--another sign that Flounder wasn't cool. (The scene was apparently never shot, but one publicity still photo shows them snoozing on a couch.)
** The original script included a scene of "competitive projectile vomiting" which Flounder was to fail at repeatedly. Later, after Flounder throws up "on" Dean Wormer, Boon congratulates Flounder on his technique.
** One bit that was written in the original script but never filmed included a parade bust that was destroyed at the climax of the film. The bust was of ''JohnFKennedy'' and the gag was Kennedy's head was punctured in the same way the real Kennedy would be shot the next year. Landis cut the idea because he felt the tone of the gag was wrong.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Creator/HaroldRamis, who co-wrote the film, based some of the pranks on his college experiences at Washington University in St. Louis, specifically when Otter and Boon are hitting golf balls at the ROTC.
** The film was inspired by co-writer Chris Miller's short stories in National Lampoon, drawn from his experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth (where he graduated in 1962). "Animal House" was the fraternity's real-life campus nickname, earned after an upperclass member shot a chicken from a second-floor window as some fellow Adelphians chased it with intent to kill and eat it.
17th Jul '16 11:09:13 AM JamesAustin
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* DawsonCasting: Most of the cast. For example, Mark Metcalf (Neidermeyer) was 32. One of the other most notable examples was 19-year-old (at the time of production) actress Sarah Holcomb, who played 13-year-old statutory rape victim Clorette [=DePasto=]. Subverted by the casting of KevinBacon, who was actually of college age at the time.

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* DawsonCasting: Most of the cast. For example, Mark Metcalf (Neidermeyer) was 32. One of the other most notable examples was 19-year-old (at the time of production) actress Sarah Holcomb, who played 13-year-old statutory rape victim Clorette [=DePasto=]. Subverted Justified in the case of Bluto. ("Seven years of college down the drain!") and subverted by the casting of KevinBacon, Creator/KevinBacon, who was actually of college age at the time.time, and even then he was still an example because he was 20 while his character was a freshman.
22nd May '16 12:21:53 PM erforce
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* CareerResurrection: For Music/ElmerBernstein, whose career was mostly spent scoring TV shows in the 1970's (a far cry from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''). His work on the film later made him a go-to composer for many popular comedies (such as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'') and he became John Landis's AssociatedComposer.

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* CareerResurrection: For Music/ElmerBernstein, whose career was mostly spent scoring TV shows in the 1970's (a far cry from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''). His work on the film later made him a go-to composer for many popular comedies (such as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'') ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'') and he became John Landis's Creator/JohnLandis's AssociatedComposer.
25th Mar '16 5:51:18 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy and RetroactiveRecognition:
** D-Day is played by veteran character actor Bruce [=McGill=], who played Jack Dalton on ''[=MacGyver=]'', was the voice of Cleveland's racist, lecherous, closeted gay boss Lloyd Waterman on ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''[[note]](sounds hard to believe? Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOM5Q4PdBU8 some video evidence]][[/note]]), and was on the TNT drama ''Rizzoli and Isles''.
** Flounder is Stephen Furst, later a regular on ''Series/StElsewhere'' and ''Series/BabylonFive''.
*** Furst also was a Kansas college student who rode out the [[{{Film/TheDayAfter}} nuclear apocalypse.]]
** Tom Hulce (Pinto) would go on to an Academy Award nomination for the title role in ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'', and later voiced and sang the title role in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** Tim Matheson played Otter, and is pretty recognizable now as [[Series/TheWestWing Vice President Hoynes]] and [[Series/BurnNotice "Dead" Larry Sizemore]].
** Mark Metcalf, who played Niedermeyer, did his yelling schtick in the beginning of Music/TwistedSister's famous "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25pS3bx4S8A I Wanna Rock]]" video, and later, albeit under heavy makeup played [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer The Master.]]
** Dean Wormer had previously been the [[Film/DirtyHarry mayor of San Francisco]].
** The same actress who played Mrs. Wormer was also [[Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist the Virgin Mary]].
** And, of course, Creator/KevinBacon.
** Boon dated [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Marion Ravenwood]] and later, suspected Creator/JimCarrey of being a green-faced menace to Edge City in ''Film/TheMask''.



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16th Nov '15 9:51:57 AM sturmovik
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13th Nov '15 11:35:21 AM Briguy52748
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* DawsonCasting: Most of the cast. For example, Mark Metcalf (Neidermeyer) was 32. Subverted by the casting of KevinBacon, who was actually of college age at the time.

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* DawsonCasting: Most of the cast. For example, Mark Metcalf (Neidermeyer) was 32. One of the other most notable examples was 19-year-old (at the time of production) actress Sarah Holcomb, who played 13-year-old statutory rape victim Clorette [=DePasto=]. Subverted by the casting of KevinBacon, who was actually of college age at the time.
3rd Nov '15 1:27:35 PM StFan
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** Boon dated [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Marion Ravenwood]] and later, suspected JimCarrey of being a green-faced menace to Edge City in ''TheMask''.

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** Boon dated [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Marion Ravenwood]] and later, suspected JimCarrey Creator/JimCarrey of being a green-faced menace to Edge City in ''TheMask''.''Film/TheMask''.
24th Oct '15 6:08:31 PM nombretomado
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** D-Day is played by veteran character actor Bruce [=McGill=], who played Jack Dalton on ''[=MacGyver=]'', was the voice of Cleveland's racist, lecherous, closeted gay boss Lloyd Waterman on ''TheClevelandShow''[[note]](sounds hard to believe? Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOM5Q4PdBU8 some video evidence]][[/note]]), and was on the TNT drama ''Rizzoli and Isles''.

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** D-Day is played by veteran character actor Bruce [=McGill=], who played Jack Dalton on ''[=MacGyver=]'', was the voice of Cleveland's racist, lecherous, closeted gay boss Lloyd Waterman on ''TheClevelandShow''[[note]](sounds ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''[[note]](sounds hard to believe? Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOM5Q4PdBU8 some video evidence]][[/note]]), and was on the TNT drama ''Rizzoli and Isles''.
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