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Need a break? Watch this…, July 17, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Fun stuff, Random musings.
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I’ve been unbelievably busy this week. I translated a 6,800 word batch of medical reports on Monday and Tuesday and am now working on an 8,000 word computer game on horoscopes and love signs. I’m approaching burnout, so I took a break this afternoon to finally watch Act One of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion, which was released on Tuesday and almost immediately crashed the web site server and is now the No. 1 download on iTunes. Act Two is being released today and Act Three goes live on Saturday. They will only stay up until Sunday, July 20th. After that you can download it from iTunes and it will probably be released on DVD soon.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog is the latest project by Joss Whedon (the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly as well as the feature movie Serenity). It is the first-ever superhero musical, featuring shy, wannabe mad scientist Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris), his archnemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and the damsel in the middle (Felicia Day). Whedon wrote it during the writer’s strike in 2008 and filmed it in 6 days on a minimal budget. Joss’ work is known for its tight, witty dialog, and he can also write a catchy tune. And man, does Neil Patrick Harris have some fantastic pipes! I got chills listening to him.

I’ve been a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel for years now, since I first watched them in Germany (they translated surprisingly well, although they usually aired at 2 in the morning). If you haven’t seen his work, I highly recommend it. You’ll love the dialog and will stay for the gripping, enjoyable storylines.

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1. therealpotato - July 17, 2008

You’re a Joss Whedon fan too? Cooler and cooler. 🙂 I’m still squealing over Nathan Fillion hamming it up!

2. jillsommer - July 17, 2008

I have both Buffy and Angel on video in English (beautiful box sets in PAL format) and German (taped off the TV). I even helped a German Buffy fan site with translation questions back in the day. I think lots of translators appreciate Joss’ writing because it is so witty. I know I am not the only one in my circle of translator friends who is nuts for Whedon’s work. And I’ve swooned over Nathan Fillion since Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place – although I never really got into Firefly.

3. therealpotato - July 18, 2008

Oh, I believe it! Whedon’s so creative with language, it’s easy to see the appeal. That was actually one of my favorite aspects of Firefly– how can you not love an English show where the characters all swear at each other in Chinese?

Buffy must be fascinating to translate– not only is it witty but there are also all those new coinages/usages… stuff like “x much?” and “slayage,” etc. Seems like a translator could really get creative with it.

4. felicia day - July 19, 2008

[…] Need a break? Watch this…Horrible’s Sing-along Blog starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day & Nathan Fillion, which was released on Tuesday and almost immediately crashed the web site server and is now the No. 1 download on iTunes. Act Two is being released … […]


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