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The House That Roared

The House That Roared
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Forty years ago, the delightfully raunchy and surprisingly charming Animal House took the world by storm, changing the world of comedy forever
It was the movie nobody wanted to make, a raunchy college tale filled with beer-soaked parties, a dead horse left in the office of the dean and the declaration that “fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.” It wound up as a classic comedy, setting box office marks that will never be topped. But 40 years ago when Animal House debuted in theaters, few expected it would be a hit. Sean Daniel, then a 20-something junior executive at Universal, recalls what Ned Tanen, president of film production, said to him at the time: “This is exactly the kind of movie this company doesn’t produce because it might offend so many sensibilities.” “If, in 1977 when we …
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