What do you get when you combine the (insane) genius of Joss Wendon, unheroic heroes, villains with a conscience, a writers strike, and some catchy tunes? You get Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
This odd short-film/musical is about a B-list villain who, through his vlog, longs for both world domination and the love of the woman he adores from the next washing machine. No, it doesn’t make sense, it’s a farce, it doesn’t have to make sense. It’s made all the more surreal by the choice of Neil Patrick Harris (yes, Doogie Howser) as the character of Dr. Horrible.
The movie is PG-13 for a couple of themes (which actually add to the plot, such as it is), so don’t go telling people that it’s wholesome family entertainment (my 8 year old won’t be watching it, but then she has no idea who Doogie Howser is so she won’t the biggest joke anyway). Yet, it’s an amazing example of what can be done on a shoestring budget by talented people who eschew the “classic” models of creation and distribution. It is a witness to the power of the Internet to democratize information.
The ending is also profound, but I won’t give it away if you haven’t seen it yet.
Sadly, at the moment you can only get Dr. Horrible on iTunes – the streaming version was taken down on Sunday as advertized.