Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Late on this Bandwagon? Oh Yeah...

You've probably heard about it already but, for those of you who haven't, Joss Whedon conceived a little project during the writers' strike to keep himself a) busy, b) engaged in figuring out how to monetize an Internet project and c) spending his Buffy-pumped bazillions on something other than toys and Civil War re-enactments. (Just kidding about that last part, in case Joss is litigious.)

The result is Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a three-act musical farce about the romantic triangle between wannabe-supervillain Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris), the lovely and rather innocent Penny (Felicia Day) and superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). The songs (co-written by Joss, Zack and Jed Whedon) are brilliant, the story (by the Brothers Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) is funny and yet deeply engaging, and the climax in Act III has to be seen to be believed. Oh, yeah, and the acting is absolutely first rate--Neil Patrick Harris is brilliant as Billy aka Dr. Horrible, while Nathan Fillion shows a hilarious side as well. (Who knew these guys could sing?)

Whedon did a brief chat on yesterday--but beware, some of the questions are spoilerish.

Whedon plans to release the entire thing on DVD soon, and it is available for download in iTunes. In all, it's quite an entertaining way to spend 47 minutes, so check it out!

See also: Wikipedia entry for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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