Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

I have never heard of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog before this. It was very entertaining honestly. I love musical-comedies so this was right up my alley. I really love all the actors in this too! I love the play on “superhero” and “villain” names. It kind of reminds me of the Disney channel show Phineas and Ferb. In that show Dr. Doofenshmirtz is similar to Dr. Horrible. They both are evil and want to create evil machines, etc.

It’s the typical story of the good guy vs. the evil guy. Who will win the girl? Captain Hammer and Dr. Horrible are arch enemies. They fight with each other. Captain Hammer finds out that Dr. Horrible is Billy and has a huge crush on Penny. He taught him over it and that makes Dr. Horrible angry. He wants to kill Captain Hammer because of it. In the end Penny dies because of both of them. It’s a really sad ending. Although Dr. Horrible does defeat Captain Hammer, he doesn’t kill him but does defeat him .

6 comments April 10, 2020 ahuber2

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (4/10)

Before I clicked the link, I had no idea what it was going to be about. The title made it sound like something really strange. Once I started watching I thought it was hilarious! I love Neil Patrick Harris. He is such a great actor. Overall, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog was fun to watch and well put together. It felt like a cross between a video blog, a comic book, and a vaudeville act with the musical numbers.

The story line was great. I liked the love story between Dr. Horrible and Penny. Act 2 was funny when it was revealed that the police watched Dr. Horrible’s Blog. The whole movie was comedic and the character of Dr. Horrible was written in a way that made you think that his redemption through Penny was possible. I thought the movie would end with Dr. Horrible turning good and exposing the so-called hero of Captain Hammer. Between that idea and the comedy element, I was taken by surprise at the ending twist.

4 comments April 10, 2020 amguelcher

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

I had never heard or watched Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog before. I glad I had never watched this before because if I had watched it when it can out I probably would not have understood the humor. So I’m glad that I got to watch it now.

That said, I really enjoyed this mini-series not only did Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog have a low budget but also was an original idea. When usually viewing superhero movies the Hero is always the good guy and the Villain, obviously,  is the bad guy, but in the series, it was the complete opposite. Yes, Dr.Horrible was doing evil things but was trying to change society, kind of like a Robin Hood complex. Another thing that is unique to this series is the lack of a happy ending. Dr. Horrible, Billy, doesn’t “win” the girl like many of the movies in this genre because penny dies in the end. I think for these reason Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is popular even though the budget is low it is appealing because has a unique story.

5 comments April 9, 2020 jjordan4

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

This was my first time ever watching this movie, and it was a pretty good movie. I enjoyed how they used a lot of tropes that are used in superhero films and movies that have a similar ‘good v. evil’ dynamic, while it’s not new seeing events from the perspective of the villain I feel like this movie managed to feel different and especially with the bad ending for all the characters. I also liked the imagery that they used for the character’s costuming specifically with Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer and how Dr.Horrible went from a white coat and white gloves to a red coat, black gloves and his mask covering his face, and Captain Hammer always wearing only black.

I think that the film also shows some critique of celebrity culture and how it makes the general public look like. Near the end, we see that Captain Hammer becomes very popular and is seen as a good person not only because he’s a superhero but because he cares about the homeless however as the audience we not only know that his efforts are ingenuine but also that Dr.Horrible actually cares more about the issue and how it is the symptom of a greater problem. The way the public adores Captain Hammer and obsesses over him while disregarding Penny is very similar to how the media treats celebrities, and how the fans of Captain Hammer soon shifted to Dr.Horrible shows how often people can be moved to follow people regardless of their moral standings.

3 comments April 9, 2020 jessicar

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog- Emma Monaghan

I have never seen Dr. Horrible so this was very interesting to watch. I was not expecting stars such as Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Helberg to be in this short film. I think it is interesting how they portrayed the Dr.Horrible as the main character we follow and in a way to have the audience favor the villain rather than the hero. I think the storyline was interesting as it was definitely meant to be funny but also address societal problems if you look at the story beyond the surface level. I found this deeper meaning in Harris’s line regarding the petition at the beginning of the film in saying addressing homeless it only fixing a “symptom” of a bigger problem as well as in the closing number Everything you Ever.

I found it to be humorous with the “cheesiness” of the way the stars would burst into song in the middle of the conversation and the reaction of bystanders. I also thought it was funny how they played off the stereotype of the villain being disguised in just wearing goggles, gloves, his hair sticking up and the lab coat. The number Brand New Day really caught my attention with the lines such as “good day to be homeless” and “next up whose gay?” both coming from the news anchors then Captain Hammer saying “Might sleep with the same girl twice” which would most definitely cause lots of controversies if released today.

2 comments April 9, 2020 emonaghan

Dr Horrible’s etc Blog

I’d heard of Dr. Horrible’s before but had never gotten around to it before, so this was fun to have an excuse and finally watch it. This idea of showing what’s usually seen as TV content on the internet is something that’s so normalized and popular nowadays. I wonder how popular it was once it released, and did people react to this change of format? It definitely seems to have now gained a spot as paving the way for this kind of new entertainment.

This change in format just reminds me of the differences of entertainment distribution. Compared to bigger, Broadway shows, audiences are discouraged from recording live videos in order to encourage more to come and see the shows. But means, money, and time aren’t always there for everyone. Putting Dr. Horrible’s on the internet gives a new level of availability to the public, perhaps breaking down that barrier of an in-group (and possibly some more class boundaries) that musicals previously held (true, it’s more of a feeling akin to a movie musical than a live show- but all the same). Some may say it looses some of its character that you get from a live show, but it ushered a new era of what home-entertainment could be.

2 comments April 9, 2020 mownby

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Having seen “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” before, it was fun to watch again. It had been a long time since I saw the short movie, so it was exciting to watch as an adult. I forgot some of the funny jokes and found new ones that I didn’t understand when I was younger. I love the songs, and the ending still gets me every time.

When I was younger, I didn’t get the symbolism that is shown in the end. After Penny dies, Dr. Horrible finally receives the recognition that he wanted even though it was bittersweet. After this recognition, he starts to change. The most noticeable changes were the red coat and the goggles being placed over his eyes. However, the most essential part of the changes was the black gloves, which resemble Captain Hammer’s gloves. All in all, this was a video that I was happy to revisit.

4 comments April 9, 2020 aschroed

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

I had never seen of even heard of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” until now so I had no idea what to expect. I was surprised to see Neil Patrick Harris playing the star and it was interesting seeing him in this because I have seen him in a lot of other TV shows and movies. I like how they portrayed Dr. Horrible as being this ordinary person just like anyone else who does laundry, receives mail, and has feelings for a girl. It’s funny how he is supposed to be the villain of the show but I found him to be more likeable than the supposed “hero” Captain Hammer. Captain Hammer was your typical cocky hero who clearly only cared about himself and because of this I found myself rooting for Dr. Horrible to be with Penny over him.

The ending was definitely not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a typical “happily ever after” scenario where Penny finally sees Captain Hammer for who he truly is and would end up with Dr. Horrible instead. Although the ending was sad, I appreciated the fact that the whole thing ended in a way I was not prepared for. Overall, I think the acting was good and the show was quite entertaining.

3 comments April 9, 2020 mmydlow

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog

I had never seen “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” so this was definitely something new to watch. From the beginning I was surprised to see such a familiar face playing Dr. Horrible. I have seen Neil Patrick Harris in many popular shows, so it was interesting to see him in a show like this. I think that the characters were represented well and I was shocked by the ending honestly. I really thought that the story would play out in a more stereotypical way, where the villain becomes good and ends up with the person they love. The story was not something that I was expecting to watch.

Dr. Horrible ‘s Sing-Along Blog is different from more traditional storytelling. Dr. Horrible is no doubt a villain, but one someone could relate to. But in being a bad guy he is also the protagonist of the story. There is a great deal of symbolism with regard to how Dr. Horrible’s costume changes throughout the series. With the symbolism at the end of the show, he starts off in a full white lab coat and after he kills Penny, his new outfit is red which symbolizes his innocence. The gloves that he is wearing is also important because they are Captain Hammer’s. This portrays Dr. Horrible’s victory over his nemesis, Captain Hammer.

3 comments April 9, 2020 lsimpso3

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog- Janis

Watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog without any context made for a very different interpretation than what I imagine 2008’s audience felt. Firstly, I was surprised at how low budget it felt while having Neil Patrick Harris as a star. It had the feeling of a play in that the props were obvious but just believable enough to not be a distraction. Upon meeting Captain Hammer some themes immediately form. The egotistical hero, the love interest who can kind of see through said hero, the chance for the villain to be good.
However, by the end of the series Penny is dead and Dr. Horrible is accepted to the League. I was a bit unsure of how to take the ending because in some ways it felt sad like our once potentially good character had been forced to be evil. The irony is that he was forced by what the population (of this fictional place) perceived to be good. There were a lot of themes present and I believe it could be analyzed much deeper in many different directions (political, gender themes, class).

4 comments April 9, 2020 jshurtle

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