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http://drhorrible.com/



to watch Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long-Blog". It's a roughly 40-minute musical comedy, in 3 acts. Starring Neil Patrick Harris (aka Dougie Howser) as Dr. Horrible and Nathan Fillion (aka Mal, Captain of Serenity) as his arch nemesis Captain Hammer!! The catch is, it's only available for free this week, and will be taken down at midnight Sunday night. After that, you have to pay. You have less than 48 hours...



A LETTER FROM JOSS WHEDON

Dear Friends,

At last the time has come to reveal to you our Master Plan. BEWARE! Those with weak hearts should log off lest they be terrified by the twisted genius of our schemes! Also pregnant women and the elderly should consider reading only certain sentences. Do not mix with other blogs. Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this blog. You must be this tall to read. ‘Kay?

It is time for us to change the face of Show Business as we know it. You know the old adage, “It’s Show Business – not Show Friends”? Well now it’s Show Friends. We did that. To Show Business. To show Show Business we mean business. (Also, there are now other businesses like it.)

ONE WEEK ONLY! AN INTERNET MINISERIES EVENT!

"Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" will be streamed, LIVE (that part’s not true), FREE (sadly, that part is) right on Drhorrible.com, in mid-July. Specifically:

ACT ONE (Wheee!) will go up Tuesday July 15th.

ACT TWO (OMG!) will go up Thursday July 17th.

ACT THREE (Denouement!) will go up Saturday July 19th.

All acts will stay up until midnight Sunday July 20th. Then they will vanish into the night, like a phantom (but not THE Phantom – that’s still playing. Like, everywhere.)

And now to answers a few Frequently (soon to be) Asked Questions:

1) Why, Joss? Why? Why now, why free, why us?

Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.

Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few.

The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first.

2) What happens when it goes away? Does it go to a happy farm for always like Fluffy did when mommy was crying and the neighbor kept washing his fender?

No, Dr horrible will live on. We intend to make it available for download soon after it’s published. This would be for a nominal fee, which we’re hoping people will embrace instead of getting all piratey. We have big dreams, people, and one of them is paying our crew.

And somewhat later, we will put the complete short epic out on DVD – with the finest and bravest extras in all the land. We’ll go into greater detail about that at Comiccon, but we’re changing the face of Show Friendliness a second time with that crazy DVD.

3) Joss, you are so kind, and generous, and your forehead is like, huge, like SCARY, like I think I can see Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint hanging off it… what can WE do to help this musical extravanganza?

What you always do, peeps! What you’re already doing. Spread the word. Rock some banners, widgets, diggs… let people know who wouldn’t ordinarily know. 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.

Wow. I had no idea how important you guys were. I’m a little afraid of you.

4) Joss, do you ever answer a question simply or coherently?

Shledzguohn?

There’ll be more questions, and more long, long answers, but for now I’m just excited that we’re actually making this happen. We (and a lot of other people -- gushing to commence soon) worked very hard on the show and we hope/think you guys will be pleased.

Until July 15th , I remain, yours truly, -j, of the firm j, j, m & z.

Comments

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easwaran
Jul. 20th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I was actually just pointed to this yesterday. It's cute, and sort of fun. Definitely better music than the Buffy musical was. Nothing especially original. It definitely doesn't live up to Firefly, but of course this was very low budget and it's not even quite as long as a single episode of Firefly, so there's no time for proper character development or anything. So instead it's some fun witty lines attached to archetypal characters, which I guess works fine.

And I forgot that this guy was Doogie Howser - that's why he looks familiar! It only took me a moment to place Captain Hammer as Mal, from Firefly.
spoonless
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
hmmm... it seems we have different tastes in Joss Whedon material.

I enjoyed Firefly, but was never a big fan. I liked Kaylee--and Inara to some extent--but the rest of the characters were annoying a lot of the time. Movie was just bad... terrible acting, mediocre plot. I've seen all of the episodes, but only because it was a good excuse to socialize with a lot of other people who were into it.

I was always bothered by the annoying machoness of Nathan Fillion's character in Firefly, but for some reason I love him in Dr. Horrible... perhaps because it's so over the top it's not meant to be taken seriously.

I'm a big Buffy fan, and think it's far better than Firefly, in just about every way. It's hard to compare Dr. Horrible to Buffy because they are such different things. As you say, it's only 40 minutes (and much of it is spent singing) so there is no time for character development. But on the other hand, musicals are always a lot of fun. I guess on the whole Buffy is better, but Dr. Horrible is a nice gem and in some ways my favorite of Joss's work.
easwaran
Jul. 22nd, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
I should say that I've never seen any of Buffy except the musical episode, so I really can't comment on that.

I can definitely see not liking Mal in Firefly. But the main thing I liked about that show was the fact that it wasn't even really about the characters, but rather about a different type of culture clash in every episode, where they go to a different moon or planet and deal with the interaction between different ways of life.
wanton_adonis
Jul. 20th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
omg I would be so there.

btw cute hair.
spoonless
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)

omg I would be so there.

beware? I mean... be where?

btw cute hair.

thx
wanton_adonis
Jul. 21st, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
yeah - thought it was live - just got it online. me retard.

It's sortuv awesome in a very weird non-mass audience way.

somewhere between likie computer games but never playing them kinda way.

now that I am 30min caught up on your lj - definitely not indepth, just enough to be omg - then - yeah that's standard good Jeff. or well, if you're transferring to another name let me know it.

I am seriously jealous of the hair though. - You probably managed to do it just cause where I am searching for the this brand that brand at this hour - yes I've started to care and somehow it really doesn't seem to make a difference. caring in an engineering way - but give it time.

you'd probably like my last facebook entry in a lmao kinda way -

and
'there is nothing quite like sobriety'

I wish you the best - somehow I have the feeling you have an angel or two, so don't worry - 'you couldn't fail if you wanted to' - I hope that makes sense.
reichart
Jul. 20th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, the geek factor on this must be very high.

If you click on "my friends journal" in LJ, and read your own own post (from my point of view), then go down a couple of posts, a friend of mine http://lifeofreilly.livejournal.com/ posts about how they used his home (which is down the street from me) for the show.

spoonless
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
wild! and he's the purple pimp too... the fist bump at the end was one of my favorite parts! major props... :)
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