All the other drooling Joss Whedon disciples have probably already heard about Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, but just in case, I needed to post about it. Because when Joss Whedon gets bored during the writers strike, writes a superhero musical, recruits Neil Patrick Harris to play a noble supervillain and Nathan Fillion to play Capt. Tightpants a villanous superhero, and they SING…well, it might simply be the BEST THING EVER.
In Joss’ peculiar words:
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.
And it will be streamed free! Part 1 will be available Tuesday, July 15, with the following segments (each roughly 14 minutes) available July 17 and 19. Don’t miss them, because they’ll only be up until July 20th. But fear not – there are plans for a DVD with a musical commentary track to go with the musical musical.