11 Facts About Animal House


Animal House was the first film produced by National Lampoon, the most popular humor magazine on college campuses in the mid-1970s.

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Animal House graduated from Harvard University in 1969 and had a college experience closer to the Omegas in the film .

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Animal House was encouraged by younger executives Sean Daniel and Thom Mount who were more receptive to the Lampoon type of humor; Mount had discovered the "Seven Fires" film treatment as Tanen's assistant while investigating projects left by a fired studio executive.

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Animal House fell to the ground and pretended to be unconscious.

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The first preview screening for Animal House was held in Denver four months before it opened nationwide.

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Animal House adapted the "Faber College Theme" from the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, and said that the film opened yet another door in his diverse career, to scoring comedies.

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At the time of its release, Animal House received mixed reviews from critics but several immediately recognized its appeal, and it has since been recognized as one of the best films of 1978.

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David Ansen wrote in Newsweek, "But if Animal House lacks the inspired tastelessness of the Lampoon's High School Yearbook Parody, this is still low humor of a high order".

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Animal House inspired Co-Ed Fever, another sitcom but without the involvement of the film's producers or cast.

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NBC had its Animal House-inspired sitcom, Brothers and Sisters, in which three members of Crandall College's Pi Nu fraternity interact with members of the Gamma Iota sorority.

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Animal House was a great box office success despite its limited production costs and started an industry trend, inspiring other comedies such as Porky's, the Police Academy films, the American Pie films, Up the Academy, and Old School among others.

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