Friday, October 31, 2014

Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

I wanted to do something Halloweeny but I don't really like "scary" movies, so I ended up with this. Sorry I couldn't be more festive, haha.

Either you have seen this or you are staring at this post thinking "what the hell is this?". For those of you in the later group I will elaborate.

Back in 2008, there was the famous Writer's Guild of America Strike in Hollywood. The strike was because writers wanted to get better pay in comparison to what the studios were getting for their work. The strike lasted 14 weeks and almost nothing came out during that period. Except for Doctor Horrible.

Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was written by Joss Whedon (Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Zack Whedon (Fringe), spouses Jed Whedon and Maurissa Thancharoen (Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of Shield). The family wanted to create something "small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike." The project, funded by Joss Whedon, only cost about $200,000. It premiered online as a web miniseries in three acts. It was a big success and has made more than it's small budget back in DVD/Blu-ray and iTunes sales. It was also well received by critics and has won serveal awards including an Emmy, Hugo Award, People's Choice Award, and several Streamys. Time magazine slotted it at #15 of their top 50 Innovations of 2008.

The entire run time of all three acts together is only 42 minutes. The story follows Dr. Horrible, (Neil Patrick Harris) a super villain who desperate to join a club of other super villains called "The Evil League of Evil" so he can impresses Penny (Felica Day) whom he's in love with. His plans are thwarted when Penny becomes romantically involved with superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), Horrible's arch nemeses.

As one might guess from the title, it's a musical! The short film features 14 songs. Here's one of my favorites:

The film is not only interesting because of the historical events in Hollywood at the time of it's release, but it is also extremely well done and just plan a lots of fun. I would highly recommend anyone who hasn't seen it should check it out!

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