Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Isn't that the coolest title ever? The less star studded creative arts division handed out its Emmy's about two weeks ago, before the actual celebrity extravaganza. One of the lucky winners was none other than Joss Whedon creator of Firefly (fantastic), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which had it's moments, Spike anyone?) and Dollhouse (hasn't made it's way to Belgium yet).

He was awarded a shiny golden statuette for his 43-minute long web musical, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, starring Neil Patrick Harris as an aspiring yet unsuccessful super villain and the ever so adorable Nathan Fillion as his nemesis Captain Hammer.

Whedon came up with the unusual idea during the 2008 writer's strike. He wanted to show that you don't need the backing of big corporations to create satisfying and professionally done entertainment. Strike or no strike, the Hollywood execs weren't crazy about a love lorn super villain so Whedon rounded up some friends and some funding and made this legendary web musical.

On July 15, 2008, it aired for the first time and became an instant classic. The website became so overwhelmed that it crashed, "the way it must always be remembered by America. 'We were too cheap to pay for enough bandwidth' is not quite as legendary sounding" said Whedon.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog can be watched for free (as it should be) on their website if you live in the United Stated at least. Those of us who live on the other side of the pond can go to Youtube and piece the bits together or get it on Itunes, all proceeds will go to the actors and crew who weren't paid at the time and who are already planning to return for the sequel...

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