You just can’t keep a good super-villain down. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the Internet musical from Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon, was yanked from DrHorrible.com less than a week after it became available. The goal was to allow hardcore fans a chance to see it for free, then hope they’d either buy it on iTunes or wait for the eventual DVD. Shelling out cash to see Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly) sing catchy ditties won’t be necessary just yet, as Dr. Horrible has now reappeared on Hulu and MySpace, with plans to bring it to Yahoo!, AOL and other websites. If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to witness the online sensation free of charge.
As Whedon himself describes the musical over at Hulu.com, “Dr. Horrible’s sing-Along Blog is the (true) story of Dr. Horrible (wow, really?), a low-rent super-villain trying to get into the Evil League of Evil, defeat his boorish nemesis, Captain Hammer, and win the girl of his dreams, Penny (or at least talk to her.) It was directed by Joss ‘me’ Whedon, and written by… oh let’s not get bogged down in the details. Let’s ask the tough questions: Why would you ever watch a musical about a super-villain? … Dr. Horrible is diabolical, relentless and surprisingly hummable. It’s presented in three separate acts, so if you don’t like one, you’re perfectly free to suck it up and watch the other two in pain! And it’s on Hulu, the premier site for people who like joy and life and children and America.”
While Hulu may like joy and life and children and America, they also like commercials. The big difference with this new release of Dr. Horrible is that you’ll have to sit through a few ads during the 43-minute running time. Hulu is set to stream the musical for four months, and there’s no word what will happen to it after that. The DVD should be released sometime before the end of the year.
For those who can’t get enough of the musical’s wonderful songs, Whedon announced at Comic-Con that a Dr. Horrible soundtrack will be available on iTunes within the next two weeks. Until then, head to Hulu or MySpace and watch Fillion’s Captain Hammer claim that “the hammer is my penis” over and over again.
– Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of DrHorrible.net)