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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

I’m pretty late on noticing this, but Joss Whedon (and Company) have made something delightful and fresh. Again. A supervillian musical, made especially for the internet and eventually DVD, with extras. Some people (not me) think one needs a reason to do something like that besides the self-evident ones. As in: supervillains, a freeze-ray, self-important superheroes, a beautiful woman doing laundry, and conducting a sweet experiment in releasing creative things on the internet.

More than musically expounding on the glory of ultra-villainous horses, they tried something bold while top-heavy studios are lamenting their own obsolescence. Whedon explains his reasoning on the Dr. Horrible site:

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.

Punk rock!  Reminds me of the stirring exhortation Ralph Bakshi gave at Comicon (not that I was there…) in response to a question about how to weather scary changes in animation (my paraphrase).  Skip to :40 if you don’t want “going up the elevator” footage. (video thanks to ASIFA). After hearing that, I wanted to go out and write a movie, and hey–I have Flash, maybe animate it myself too. So if anybody wants to make a movie, let me know. I have other stories to write in the meantime.

I am inspired. Seeing people make things like this, for relatively cheap, makes me want to go out and do likewise. In the ever-inspiring words of Captain Hammer, the arch-nemesis of Dr. Horrible (who has a doctorate in horribleness), “It’s not enough to bash it heads, you have to bash in minds.”

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