Joss Whedon

Animation Verses Prejudice

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John The Rogue Demon Hunter asks:

With all the Buffy and Angel cast getting older, would the fans being willing to accept further adventures in the animation style of Star Wars: The clone Wars?

Fans would be willing to accept further adventures of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly in an animation style.  The bigger question is would the general public accept further adventures in animation style?  Would the studios have the patience to back and distribute further adventures in animation style?

Joss Whedon has already transitioned those settings and characters into a comic format.  There is great acceptance and love for the continuation of the series in print comic form.  This leaves a short step to move from print to animation.

The current success of animated shows both on TV and in the direct to DVD markets also support the plausibility of doing more animated shows.  Clone Wars had a rocky start getting accepted though most of it was due to the new style they used in animation that took some getting used to.  The Simpsons had a lucky start with "bartmania" that still gets large ratings decades latter.  Both DC and Marvel’s direct to DVD animated movies prove both quality in animated projects and how they can cater to the adult market.

We face several problems that are hindering future projects.

General Public Prejudice

The general public in the American market has a prejudice against animated shows.  When first approaching an animated show they presume it is for children not adults.  Many don’t even bother to give those shows the time of day unless they are bringing their kids to watch it.

Though this public prejudice has decreased some in recent years it is still rampant.  I could not count the number of adults that give subtle nonverbal clues of disdain when they find out I’m watching Clone Wars or Planet Hulk.  Others still voice their prejudice by replying “I thought that was a show for kids?”

Many creators of animated projects have their demons to wrestle with too.  First, before the project is even done they have to admit they won’t win any prizes for the work due to the prejudice in viewing it as less no matter how brilliant and deserving.  Look at Avatar, the movie would have been better going full animation but instead it went with live action parts so that it could be a “movie with cool special effects”.

This prejudice holds back studios from giving a green light to an animated project that is not targeted toward the children / young adult markets.  This forces many good projects to include in kidsey elements and to remove some of the better adult elements.  Clone Wars season one is a great example of this problem.  The show was so much less than it could have been.  Once they got past the prejudice it got better in season two.

I Find Their Lack of Faith Most Disturbing

Because of the prejudice against animated projects they tend to take longer before picking up larger audience share.

Studios have been trending toward a less lenient policy when it comes to new projects.  They have been quick to cancel projects that don’t show immediate success.

This is a recipe for failure by proclamation instead of giving the project time to get over the inherent hurdles.

A New Hope

I hope that the American public continues to learn from the Japanese, and Korean animated markets.

I hope that we continue to see the trend in the decline of prejudice against animated projects.

I would love to see the continuing adventures of Firefly and Buffy the vampire slayer in animated format.

I've always wanted a Faith The Vampire Slayer series and wrote up a series outline. Maybe one day I will hook up with some animators.

I hope John finds some animator to help him with his Faith the Vampire Slayer project and that they then check in with us for many more projects.

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Glee of Dreaming On With Joss Whedon

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On May 18th the Joss Whedon episode of glee will premier.

Here are some ingredients to add to the mix for this episode:

  • Joss Whedon’s direction
  • Titled Dream On
  • Neil Patrick Harris playing Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis who causes trouble for the Glee club.

I hope that he is playing April Rhodes’ ex-boyfriend from high school who ran away with her in hopes of becoming big on Broadway.  This will allow Neil to play a more flamboyant character.  This would also explain why April makes a return this season.

  • Molly Shannon as wise-cracking Volleyball coach that loathes Sue Sylvester
  • Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue
  • Artie’s dreams take him on an adventure

I can only imagine what to expect with a mix like this.  Whatever it is I do expect it to be awesome!

What do you think will happen?

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(via Whedonesque.com)

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Being Too Whedony

I love this comic panel by Joel Watson over at HijiNKS ENSUE.  Well put, though I hope that he isn't taken off the Avengers project.

Could being to Whedony become a thing to say?

The truth in it being a negative thing makes me sad.  Being to whedony should be a positive thing but the executives don't get how good Joss Whedon is at breathing new life into a series.

Joss Whedon Selected for the Vanguard Award

Joss Whedon at the 2009 Comic Con in San Diego. Image via Wikipedia

“Joss Whedon has mastered the art of melding the newest technology with inspired storytelling, truly exemplifying the spirit of the Vanguard Award,” said David Friendly and Laurence Mark, co-chairs of the PGA Awards.

It's great that the Producers Guild of America is recognizing Joss Whedon's achivements.  Creator of great shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.  I can't wait to see his next project.

Hopefully from Joss' great experience with Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog the next project will be another independent project.

(via Slice of SciFi)

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Early look: Buffy Comic Willow Issue

The Willow one shot comic issue for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 will be out December 23 2009.  For now there are some panels out and they look great.  I would love a poster of this cover.

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Joss Whedon is back for this issue which is a  Willow focused issue.  This rocks she is my favorite character.

“All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of Sunnydale, and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.” (via News a Rama)

Best: Glee, Vol. One: Road to Sectionals A Must Own

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Glee is one of the best shows to air this fall.  Like Joss Whedon it too is my biggest addiction.  From the amazing singing, eclectic music covered, tight writing, and deep social themes covered Glee will make you laugh, cry, think and feel edified in the end.  If you haven’t watched it there are some of the more recent episodes streaming on line Here.

Social Themes

This show is able to tackle such deep and complicated social issues like

  • the need and pressures of being accepted
  • teen pregnancy
  • the benefits of diversity and being a social freak
  • self acceptance
  • self actualization
  • being passionate about whatever you do

I love how the show starts out with the deep honest admittance that everyone is a looser.  It was such a shocking statement to hear but once we realize everyone is a looser we are able to move on to do that which you love and not to worry about everyone else.

Singing and Music examples.

Glee, Vol. One: Road to Sectionals is available for preorder and will be out on DVD December 29, 2009.

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Joss Whedon Directing An Episode of Glee

gleeJoss Whedon has agreed to direct one of the back nine episodes that Fox just ordered. -EW

This comes as bitter-sweet news since Fox will be canceling Dollhouse.

Sweet

Joss is a big fan of Glee which comes as no big surprise for several reasons.

  • The show rocks!
  • The music is great
  • The messages behind the story is both challenging and edifying

I’m stoked to find Joss is directing an episode. He is brilliant director who also shares in a passion for music. His episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog are testaments to his acumen in that field. Personally I hope the episode he directs is the one where Will and Finn find out that they have been lied to about their fatherhood.

Bitter

The bitter part of this news is that it comes out on the back of Fox’s announcement of canceling Dollhouse. I have been silent so far on this subject because I feel a long string of expletives wont solve any thing.

If Fox thinks this move will appease the fans for all of the BS over Dollhouse then they are more foolish then originally believed. There is a coming storm but Fox will find it a quiet one. Fox doesn’t respect Joss, they don’t respect the fans and so I will not support them. They are lucky that Glee is over there it’s the last Fox show I watch. They should thanks their lucky stars that they didn’t cancel Glee like they originally wanted to before it got a chance to air.

On the plus side Joss is free of them once again and I hope that he goes independent with Dollhouse or at least with his next project. I can’t wait for Doctor Horrible 2 and other projects out of Joss Whedon Digital Studio.

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Joss Whedon Interview on Writing

Joss Whedon answers questions from fans about his sources of inspiration and writing.

Out of film, television, and internet, which media do you find is most enjoyable to work on, most stressful, most rewarding, and why? — Chloe Honey, it's all stress. I'm defined by stress. I'm on the ten best stressed list. The rewards are different -- movies are big and intense, TV is long and deep, internet is tiny and personal and mine all mine -- but all worth pursuing. I'm a media agnostic. If it's stories, I'll brave the stress.

I love how Joss focuses on the story.  It’s what really sets his work apart and why if he is working on a project I count that as a huge plus on whether the project will be good or not.

How do you develop a character? Do you have a specific archetype, trope, or "slot" to fill in your shows that you fit a character to, or do you create their personalities separate from their purpose? — Anne Purpose informs personality. It's not like I say "I need a wacky sidekick" — although I did when I was working on Disney musicals, but that was the form. I tend to focus on one character (perhaps a young woman of unnatural abilities, to pull an example randomly out of nowhere) and then the other characters are built from the needs of that character's journey.

I wonder if he follows Joseph Campbell’s philosophy and / or what other models he uses to determine what other characters they need.

You get a lot of critical and fan acclaim for being an excellent 3rd generation writer but I really enjoy your directing style. Who are your influences in that regard and what kind of background training did you receive before you got behind the camera? — buffywrestling I had no production experience outside of my backyard, but I had the best professors in the world. I'm influenced by everything I've seen and I studied most of the great American directors at Wesleyan (hint: watch EVERYTHING.) If I'm gonna pick directors, I'd say Borzage, Minnelli, Hitchcock, Carpenter. Today. But for some reason, Soderbergh's The Limey had the most immediate and visceral effect on my sense of style. It's so casually daring. Also, comic books really help dynamic framing and narrative coherence.

that’s awesome that he mentions using comic books as a means for dynamic framing.  It’s the same conclusion I came to.

I recently read an interview with you in Mother Jones magazine. "Geek God" I think was the term they used for you. How do you feel about your success? What advice do you like to give other "geeks" with good ideas? — Jennifer Russell If you have a good idea, get it out there. For every idea I've realized, I have ten I sat on for a decade till someone else did it first. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.

I love how he is not necessarily style restrictive even in this case he is all for just producing it.

Joss Whedon at the premiere of Serenity (film)
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Bonus Goodies

We all know that Dr. Horrible was a result of, and a metaphor for, the writer's strike. He even says, at one point, that he wants to "put the power in different hands." But things didn't turn out so well for Billy in the end. How did the tragic ending relate to the writers-strike metaphor, or did the metaphor not extend that far? — Jonathan We didn't write it as a metaphor — we just wanted Penny to have an agenda besides being torn between two men, and Billy's perspective is the classic cry of the noble villain. But this is a story that's been relevant for a long while — like, since there's been power. And people hoarding/abusing it. Wonder Woman brought up similar issues, which may be part of why it wasn't made.

Do you watch the movies/television shows the cast members from Buffy, Angel, or Firefly star in? Any favorite works of the cast members in particular? — Daniel Dude, Summer Glau is a Terminator. Summer Glau is a Terminator! My work on Earth is done.

And Castle [the new show starring Nathan Fillion] looks fun.

this is a hilarious answer, I had the same thought about Summer Glau… She Rocks!!! if only the show was any good.

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Email your questions for Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon at the premiere of Serenity (film)
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Even though I am miffed with Hulu over their choice to remove themselves from Boxee, this is a rare chance for fans to ask Joss questions.

Have a burning question for the brains behind Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse? Now's your chance to ask Joss Whedon for answers. See if you can get him to spill the beans about his latest heroine, Echo, and whether we'll ever see Dr. Horrible on Broadway. Send your questions to askjoss@hulu.com by 9 a.m. PST on Wednesday, February 25 (Hulu).

Good luck getting your question to him.  I know I am going to come up with some goodies to ask the master of dark fiction.

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Exploring: Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic

Get your copy of the Astonishing X-Men here Marvel is moving forward with translating the Astonishing X-Men series into the motion comic format.  Watch the trailer and the first episode below, streaming online.

About The Astonishing X-Men:

The Astonishing X-Men was a limited marvel comic series.  The first run was written by master storytellers Joss Whedon and art by John Cassaday.  The series began in 2004.  Get your copy of the comic here.  More on the comic run here.

The Plot / Story: They’ve vowed to protect a world that hates and fears them, but what if they could leave that all behind?  When Dr. Kavita Rao discovers a “cure” for the mutant condition, the X-Men must deal with the fallout. Will the Children of the Atom embrace the opportunity to become like normal humans or fight for their race to survive? The alien warlord Ord may not give our heroes the opportunity to decide when he launches a violent attack on the Xavier Institute!  Can Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde and Beast overcome the odds and astonish the world? Lucky for them, an old friend stands ready to provide a helping hand…

Now this comic can be enjoyed in a new format as a Motion Comic.

What are Motion Comics?

Motion Comics are when the pages of the comic move and have audio.  For more on motion comics read: Exploring Motion Comics.

The first episode is out!  Watch is streaming here.

Get your copy of the comic:

Joss Whedon and Season 9 of Buffy Comic

buffy the vampire slayer season 8 vol 1 Joss Whedon will do another season after completing season eight.

"Oh, we definitely have a season nine in mind," Whedon said. "We're slogging our way through season eight. We've talked about doing more Serenity comics, and we've even talked to Dark Horse about potential for some Cabin [in the Woods] tie-ins."

What is this… the possibility of more Serenity comics too!

Get you copy of the Buffy Comics here

(via Sci Fi Wire)

Dr. Horrible's 2, So Captain Hammer Says

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Nathan Fillion joins Joss Whedon in the desire to make another Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.  This is music to my ears but don’t get too excited yet.  It appears the only thing keeping us from the next one is their busy schedule.

"He's busy with Dollhouse right now, and I'm a little bit busy with Castle right now, so not in the near future, no," Fillion said.

Get your copy of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog here

(via Sci-Fi-Wire)

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Joss’ Cabin In The Woods

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Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard move forward with their new horror movie Cabin in the Woods.  Shooting will start in March.  Whedon says this will be the horror movie to end all horror movie.  Cabin in the Woods is a twisted unusual take on the “cabin in the woods” horror movie formula and is scheduled to be released 5 February 2010.

Normally I would not be that interested in a story like this but with Joss’ twist I’m curious to see what he would do.  I would not be surprised to see him pull off a story told from the perspective of the monster who might be misunderstood or framed.

(via Sci-Fi Wire)

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How to get a Dr. Horrible 2?

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They have the way.  Dr. Horrible was a smashing success financially thanks to fan support showing that the “master plan” works.

They have the desire to do another show.  Neil Patrick Harris in a recent interview shared his views on doing another show.

"Oh, God, I wish I could say there was going to be a Dr. Horrible sequel, but I know there's so many people involved in the creation of it that have a lot of other stuff going on right now…  …Mainly, Joss [is doing] Dollhouse, and he has another movie, Cabin in the Woods, that he's doing at the same time. So I don't know that anything would happen soon. But everyone has been super-enthusiastic about it, and I think that means that hopefully something will come."

“I was vague on the how… you have shown me the light.”  Now we need to give them the will to do another Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog.

What we need to do!

Here is the new “Master Plan”:  we the fans need to continue to express our love of Dr. Horrible:

  • Support the Moist Comic
  • Get the DVD
  • Most importantly cry out to Joss Whedon for more.  At every opportunity, every conversation, and every signing let him know we want more and maybe, just maybe, we could get “…a brand new day”.
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Firefly Canceled and Buffy Greenlit at Multiverse

clipped from kotaku.com
Multiverse were working on a Firefly MMO. We say "were", because as of today, that project's been "delayed"
the company have announced they're working on a Buffy title
This is a bad move on Fox's part in a long list of bad moves. Buffy may or may not be more popular than Firefly, but it will not be easy to turn it into a game that relates at all to the mythos of the series.

Even if the game takes place after the final season, you still have the limit that only women can be slayers, and magic use has a price so high it would turn more characters into NPC villains. I am not sure what is happening with this decision or why.

Serenity/Firefly Dragon*Con Dream

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Absolutely, I believe Buffy died twice. I think that would be a great thing to do because I would have to go learn all the things that I knew before… If we ever did make another installment of this movie, we would both [Tudyk and Fillion] be in it. I don’t know how he’d [director Joss Whedon] do it but he’s very good at bringing them back from the dead.”
It is a wonderful dream to believe that there could one day be a sequel to Serenity, but this quote from Alan Tudyk at Dragon*Con is too much of a pipe dream unless they are talking about a prequel. Unless I missed something, Wash died in the movie, so how could Alan Tudyk come back?

It sounds more like wishful thinking to me than anything to get my hopes up over.

Joss Whedon’s Batman

whedon_joss2 Joss Whedon pitched a Batman flick before Batman Begins:

“In my version, there was actually a new [villain], it wasn’t one of the classics — which is probably why they didn’t use it,” he laughed. “It was more of a ‘Hannibal Lector’ type — he was somebody already in Arkham Asylum that Bruce went and sort of studied with. It was a whole thing — I get very emotional about it, I still love the story. Maybe I’ll get to do it as a comic one day [ed. note: HINT HINT, DC Comics... ].”

O, originality, I can see why Hollywood didn’t go for the idea.  At least they woke up for the Dark Knight.  Perhaps this is the time to write DC Comics and ask them to let Joss Whedon tell this story in the comics.

(via Comic Book Movie)

Dr Horrible’s Master Plan

I love Neil Patrick Harris!  It is bordering on an addiction, but is a happy euphoric sort of way that I cannot get enough of his work of Joss Whedon's.  The two of them together is almost enough to make my head pop.  If you haven't seen it yet is will be up up on Dr Horrible.com until July 20th at midnight. The best part of it all is Joss' Master Plan.  The miniseries will be up on Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Acts 1, 2 & 3 for $3.99, and later on DVD.  Joss hopes that the series will make enough to pay for itself and more.  It is a risk, but one that needed to be made.

I can only hope that there are enough people out there who are willing to support a quality show rather than pirate copies.  While there will always be a certain number of people who will take the content and not support its creation.  Then there are the others that have been trained by the industry to steal because the content was not available through other means.  Those that remain are the few that are willing to support the things they love.

If you want to see more of this kind of content and see what other things Joss can do without the studio limiting him, then show your love.

New Filk About Community WiFi :: NNSeek

Oh a song I knew before the words were shared with me:

Title: Freedom Is A Pringles Can And A Laptop Hooked To A Bicycle by Harold Feld

Tune: The Ballad of Serenity (aka Firefly Theme) by Joss Whedon

Take my wire, take my LAN Take me where cell towers cannot stand Thanks to the I-triple-E You can't take the sky from me

Take DNS, corrupt my stack I don't care; I'm not coming back If I've got dot 11g You can't take the sky from me

If I have mesh and p2p You can't take the sky from me . . . . (pronounced "dot eleven g")

(via NNSeek)

"Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" with Neil Patrick Harris

Joss Whedon has announced a new project with Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion:

It's the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to. And I'm having the time of my life.

O did I mention that is is a musical? Three 10-minute episodes from the writer of "Once More with Feeling." I cannot wait to see it, maybe this is the beginning of a new set of projects from Joss.

(via AfterElton.com)