Animal House

By Rebeka Knott

National Lampoon’s Animal House was an epic comedy movie released in 1978 by Universal Pictures. The movie was based on stories written by Chris Miller, Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman after drawing on their own real-life experiences in college.

The movie was set in 1962 at the fictitious Faber College. Freshmen Larry Kroger and Kent Dorfman set out to make the most of their college experience by looking for a fraternity to join.

Animal House portrayed a group of misfit college students living in the less than desirable, Delta Tau Chi house. Not only was the house full of questionable characters, but it was the biggest eyesore on the block.

A series of pranks and misadventures including the infamous food fight and toga party, Dean Wormer finally had what he needed to expel the fraternity brothers.

Down on their luck, the Delta brothers’ creative wheels keep turning. They fashioned a car into a cake shaped float to enter in the annual homecoming parade to sabotage the event.

Over the years, the film was well celebrated and enjoyed great success, including being selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.