Coming Attractions: Animal House, The Musical

Perhaps this post should be called “Coming Repulsions,” either because you believe that tampering with the 1978 classic — which is set at a college fraternity house in 1962 — is sacrilege, or, like me, you were eight years old when it came out and when you saw it later you didn’t think it was funny.

Today news agencies are reporting that “Animal House” is being developed for Broadway with music supplied by something called Barenaked Ladies.

The film was voted number one on Bravo’s list of 100 funniest movies. — CC

19 Comments on "Coming Attractions: Animal House, The Musical"

  1. Skip Castaneda | March 6, 2012 at 10:51 am |

    The fella on the very far left, second row is Chris Kenney. He wrote part of the movie. It was based on his experiences at Dartmouth in the 60’s. I can’t believe this movie is based on my favorite Ivy League school.

  2. An Animal House musical sounds terrible. But, not funny? Come on.

  3. Michael Mattis | March 6, 2012 at 11:02 am |

    I haven’t seen “Animal House” in at least two decades. I wonder if it stands up today?

  4. This is the funniest scene in cinematic history:*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YPLxTIruhs

    Much funnier in the context of the story, though.

    I also think this is Blake Edwards’ best comedy.

    * For me, that is.

  5. Michael Mattis | March 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm |

    How creepy is this? I click on the C’s YT link and get an ad for an electronic abs zapping machine.

  6. Anonymous | March 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm |

    animal house is still pretty funny

  7. I think Animal House is pretty funny as well and I like musicals. I am not sure how well the two go together.

  8. Spamalot was a very successful musical so why not Animal House. I can’t see it myself but who knows…..

  9. Robert Bain | March 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm |

    The crucial question is this:
    Would any of the characters in Animal House have gone to see a musical comedy?
    I think we all know the answer to that…

  10. Soren Yace | March 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm |

    Christian, I clicked on your link; I did not find it funny. I think an Animal House musical would be engaging enough if not very funny.

  11. Christian | March 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm |

    Soren, I’m sorry you did not find the funniest scene in cinematic history to be funny. Consider watching the film in its entirety. It’ll only take 90 minutes of your time and you might be amused.

  12. I didn’t think Animal House was funny at the time. I recently tried to watch it again, decades later, and it seemed even more sophomoric — if that’s possible.

  13. Dutch Uncle | March 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm |

    @Sartre

    I didn’t find Animal House funny either; not because it was sophomoric, but because it was accurate. Not a comedy at all, but a faithful representation of frat rats.

    Too bad that there’s any connection at all between Ivy/Trad style and fraternities.

  14. Arthur Orton | March 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm |

    Oh, boy, this is gonna be great!

  15. Anonymous | March 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm |

    If they can make a hit musical out of the “book of mormon” then anything is possible.

  16. The Leopard | March 12, 2012 at 8:57 am |

    I was in college in a fraternity when Animal House came out in 1978, I thought it was hilarious at the time and I think it holds up well. I have also read Chris Miller’s book about the real Animal House fraternity at Dartmouth, this never would have made it to the big screen, that said one must view the movie in the context of the time it is set in to fully appreciate it. As for Dutch Uncle using the universal frat rat moniker to paint everyone who was ever in a fraternity as a womanizing alcohol swilling libertine, I can say that is not true, there were some judgemental abstentious sanctimonious boors but we just ignored them, we were young and having fun and you are only young once, Carpe Diem.

  17. I was treated to seeing “Animal House” on the big screen for my 11th birthday. I’ve watched it almost every year on my birthday since then. Trust me, 30+ years later it’s still funny.

    I received Chris Miller’s “The Real Animal House” as a birthday gift a few years ago, from the same person who took me to see the film; the book was even funnier than the film, but no, I don’t think it would have made it to film as is.

    A Broadway musical? I’ll reserve judgment, but I don’t think it will do the film or book justice.

    What’s with turning movies and TV shows into Broadway plays anyway? Do people have original ideas anymore?

  18. Boris Nofziger | March 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm |

    This movie is a litmus test. If you have a poor attitude about this movie, you’re probably a bitter person that had no fun in college and wants to spread the gloom to the rest of us.

    Some of us had a great time in college, don’t spoil it.

  19. say this movie with my wife, three of her sorority sisters and their husbands. They were all from much more prestigious organizations than I. I was a member of one might call the middle middle class frat. At the end of every scene the lot of them would lean over and check out my reaction. I loved the movie, they thought it was a documentary.

    I always felt bad those guys that never experience the exhilaration of successful Watergate like break ins of offices, dirt bike races up the stairs or kidnapping pledges, to name a few. Some of our crew couldn’t get dates, but women fight over invites to our parties. Jesus, I miss the University.

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