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“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”: A toe-tapping good time

DrhorribleHow to describe “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog?” High-quality superhero-and-supervillain fun. With a swell soundtrack of original tunes.

The first thing I noticed about the Internet musical created by the brothers Whedon — Joss, Jed and Zack and Jed’s fiance, Maurissa Tancharoen — was how fabulous it looks. No YouTube grainy-blurry here, thanks to the talents of director Joss and d.p. Ryan Green.

The second thing I noticed about the production was … nothing because a few minutes in to Thursday night’s screening of the 40-minute program at CAA, I was thoroughly engrossed. Gotta hand it to Joss and Jed for their skill in penning the tunes, which really make “Dr. Horrible” work as a tuner.

Not gonna spill any story details, at the request of the creators, other than to say it’s cheeky and comic book-y with a love story at the center. It is, of course, elevated by the strength of its cast. Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion are fantastic; it wouldn’t work if they weren’t as good as they are in their roles. Felicia Day is just right as the unconventional love interest; sidekick Simon Helberg is equal parts perspiration and inspiration.

“Dr. Horrible” is a Joss-led attempt to test-drive the made-for-Internet production business, on his own dime (more like low six-figures though no one would get specific on the budget) and with a lot of help from industry friends. It was, as might be expected, very liberating and tons of fun, Harris opined in a post-screening chat with reporters and bloggers.

“We had the freedom to be like professional amateurs,” Harris said, and that sensibility was “worked into the vibe of the film.”

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