National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film is about a misfit group of Delta Tau Chi fraternity men who challenge their college's administrators. Of the young lead actors only John Belushi was an established star. Several of the actors, including Tom Hulce, Karen Allen, and Kevin Bacon, were early in their careers. It stars John Belushi as John 'Bluto' Blutarsky, Tim Matheson as Eric 'Otter' Stratton, Peter Riegert as Donald 'Boon' Schoenstein, Thomas Hulce as Lawrence 'Pinto' Kroger, Stephen Furst as Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman, and John Vernon as Dean Vernon Wormer.