12/04/16 Episode 26: National Lampoon's Class Reunion and National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (both 1982)
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To paraphrase the theme song to National Lampoon's Going to the Movies (1982), Mike Spiegelman and Carl Haupt are ♫ going to the movies, double feature! ♫
Isn't it crazy there's never been a true sequel to National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)? Here's one of the biggest money-making R-rated comedies of all time and there's no sequel or reboot or straight-to-DVD series. I mean the last big R-rated comedy gave us The Hangover, Parts 2 and 3.
It's not like the movie producers didn't try. A family-friendly television spin-off without John Belushi aired briefly on ABC in 1979. An HBO special, National Lampoon's Disco Beaver from Outer Space, also aired (obviously) during the late 70s. Lampoon almost made the sequel to Jaws 2 as a comedy called Jaws 3, People 0. But, no movie.
The drought ended in 1982 with the releases of National Lampoon's Class Reunion (aka Class Reunion) and National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (aka National Lampoon's Movie Madness). Unlike the satire Animal House, these films were set up as film genre parodies. Movie Madness plays like a themed issue of National Lampoon and shares the same format as the similar Movie Movie (1978). Imdb.com claims Movie Madness played in theaters, but I seriously doubt it.
(Movie Madness, Disco Beaver and the sit-com Delta House are embedded after the break.)
John Hughes wrote the screenplay, and it helped him go from a Lampoon short story writer to a movie god. On this podcast, special co-host Carl Haupt tells host Mike Spiegelman how much Hughes hated the film and how the crew resented him for that.
This is the first episode of our series about National Lampoon movies. Next episode continues the series with O.C. And Stiggs (1987), based on a single issue of National Lampoon and directed by the late Robert Altman.