Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
The first two acts of Joss Whedon‘s 36-minute three-part SCi-Fi internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog has hit the interwebs. Shouldn’t a sing-a-long have the words on screen with that annoying bouncing ball? But seriously, is the semantics of the title is my only complaint, then you know it’s good. Act 3 goes online on July 19th. Watch both part one and two below.
“With my freeze ray, I will stop the pain.”
Neil Patrick Harris stars as the title character, a low-rent supervillain who’s trying to impress the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to (Felicia Day of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), defeat his nemesis, superhero Captain Hammer (played by Firefly’s Nathan Fillion) and gain entry into the Evil League of Evil. Whedon penned the musical with his brothers (Zack and Jed Whedon) during the writers’ strike earlier this year. Whedon explains why he made the film:
“It wouldn’t hurt if this really was an event. Good for the business, good for the community – communitIES: Hollywood, internet, artists around the world, comic-book fans, musical fans (and even the rather vocal community of people who hate both but will still dig on this). Proving we can turn Dr Horrible into a viable economic proposition as well as an awesome goof will only inspire more people to lay themselves out in the same way. It’s time for the dissemination of the artistic process. Create more for less. You are the ones that can make that happen.”
I’m not a fan of traditional musicals, but I think everyone can get behind the occasional wacky and wonderful oddity that is Dr. Horrible. The official website is being overloaded at the moment, and at least from my hotel internet connection, it was almost impossible to watch. There is an alternative… The videos are also available for purchase over on iTunes for $1.99. So if you’re a big Joss fan, you might just want to do that.