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October 12 2010

'Remains' - the official music video, made by Dollhouse cast members. Created to celebrate the Dollhouse Season 2 DVD release. Fantastic.

Nothing to do with Dollhouse, but eerie, disturbing, beautiful, and strange. OK, just like Dollhouse.
I loved it. It was just <3_<3 great, but a little sad and unsettling too.
Haunting and lovely. Very well done.
Loved it.
Disturbing, sad, and yet beautiful...
Not directly connected to Dollhouse but at the same time dealing with same issues that the show addressed.

Really nice work!
And damn, I miss Dollhouse. =/

[ edited by maxsummers on 2010-10-12 22:48 ]
This is gorgeous and yes, so disturbing. It reminded me a bit of the Buffy episode with April.
The song has always been beautiful but this brings it to another level for me.
What is it with the Bots? And the Bots being put into closets? Apparently it's not limited to Joss, but something that preoccupies the other Whedons!
Fran is Fox, Maurissa is Dollhouse. Or something like that.
CHOBITS! Only, ok, not, but still: CHOBITS!
This video was amazing, the scene with the water teardrop was brilliant.

We need more Maurissa, she has a great voice.
That totally made me cry. At work. In a cubicle.
Fran is Fox, Maurissa is Dollhouse.

OK, so ... are we the box ? And who're the styrofoam packing pellets ?

Pretty disturbing at the end when the Mobot got thrown in the bin. I mean, RECYCLE ferchrissakes, think of the planet/children ! Luckily the homeless dude was more environmentally responsible.

(very beautiful song and a creepy/sad video to go with. Fran's expression of disappointment when she spills the milk was very nicely observed/played, the mixture of allusions - mentor, boyfriend, father, owner etc. - was pretty disturbing. Felt like a compressed episode of 'The Outer Limits')
It's interesting to see a video for the song now, over a year after its release. I personally think it'd be interesting if Jed and Maurissa continued the Dollhouse story via concept albums.
Heartbreaking. We also need one for Drones!
The teardrop and the way it looks like Fran might be going in for a kiss when he turns her off are what break my heart the most. And Maurissa's expression when he puts her in the closet. Gorgeous song, gorgeous video!
That was one of the most beautiful videos I've seen in quite some time. And now I'm really missing Dollhouse. Part of me wishes it would've have just been canceled after season one, as getting a second season and then being canceled, to me, is almost more unbearable. I stand firm by my belief that had this show been able to run it's natural course, it would have been better than Buffy. Although I do still kinda think that anyway.
Awwww. :( The best thing about this video? Maurissa fit into that box, and I bet it wasn't even a special effect at all! :)
Yeah, was thinking as I watched that either Fran Kranz has really been working out or Maurissa weighs about the same as two bags of sugar (he lifts her in and out of the box pretty easily, more or less one armed at one point). Or it's movie magic of course (it's amazing what they can do with pulleys these days - mechanical advantage is the future, you mark my words).
Very compelling and, yes, disturbing video. The teardrop moment was absolutely brilliant. And wonderful acting by both.
Who knew Fran had pecks? Never mind, I didn't mean to say that out loud.... This is awesome.
Utterly remarkable and compelling. Quite haunting when you think about the underlying message, but still very beautiful. This reminds me how truly magnificent Maurissa Tancharoen, Fran Kranz, and all of the exceptional writers and actors of Dollhouse are. Now if only Dollhouse was still on the air...
Who knew Fran had pecks? Never mind, I didn't mean to say that out loud.... This is awesome.


Wait.. hold on, didn't mean to quote that in order to reiterate my similar opinion. ;)

Also, the music video was amazing.
Is anyone else seized with a sudden, undeniable desire to go in the basement and see if their Strawberry Shortcake dolls/Star Wars action figures are in need of therapy due to neglect?
Sigh; wish I'd seen one of those when *I* was homeless....
OK, now I hate Topher.

Maurissa Tancharoen wins the adjective "Chaplinesque" (ca "City Lights" and "The Kid").
I enjoyed it, but... It's a bit odd. Haha. I really wouldn't have related Remains to that certain subject.
Ok I loved the direction, who directed it? But that was kinda creepy haha.
What a wonderful surprise! I loved it. =)
I did find it odd that it was Fran Kranz and not Jed Whedon himself. Since they both have shaggy blond hair it took me a sec to really see who it was!
Loved it. I noticed someone in the comments on Youtube pointed out that the homeless man at the end appears to be a war veteran. Very interesting... makes the theme all the more meaningful, I think.
Wow....amazing. They manage to say so much through such little gestures.

*Sends to everyone remotely knowledgeable about Dollhouse*
That was great stuff! If that had been the opening act of the first episode I bet they'd have hooked a lot more people (which isn't to say the show wasn't good, I still liked it).
That was really good.
io9 says someone named Anton King directed it.

I think my favorite emotional beat was that water drop tear thing, but otherwise I also was amused a human being could be so tiny and fit into a box. I think I appreciated how much more mundane it was as opposed to any other times I can think of people inside things yet because of that it's even more jarring. (River and her box, Acathla in his box, the actives in their shrink wrap, etc.)

I sort of have a different observation with the spilled milk thing though, I thought that was more of a patronizing "aww, aren't you cute" thing where he's still freshly enamored with her. I actually still don't quite get the in-narrative reasoning what drove him to get a new one of the exact same model, when it's mostly for the audience's sake.
io9 says someone named Anton King directed it.

That's because if you actually visit the video on YouTube itself, that's what it says.
Well I love the song and it is on constant play on my iPod, but I don't think the video really makes sense unless you're a Dollhouse fan....oh, wait! It was created for us! OK nevermind. =)

My respect for Maurissa Tancharoen grows every day or so, and this helped a lot too. I thought her performance on "Mortified" was the most awesome thing ever (YouTube it...seriously), but then there was "Date My Avatar," the Epitaphs, Legend of Neil Musical (she plays the voice of Zelda), the food song(s)...Just a cool, talented, productive girl!

Oh, and Jed is cute, so she's lucky too. Seriously, the cutest of the Whedon brothers.
orangewaxlion said: I actually still don't quite get the in-narrative reasoning what drove him to get a new one of the exact same model, when it's mostly for the audience's sake.

When the Bot watches him from inside the closet, you see him go in for a kiss with whom I presume to be a human girl. She pulls away. Cut to the next day or two or fourteen depending on how the Bots are delivered, and he gets another one. Two subservient women to mend his wounded sense of pride. Or maybe he just gets a new one every time his heart gets broken.

[ edited by zohrael on 2010-10-13 06:24 ]
How weird is it that Caitlin Stasey was in the video for like 3 seconds? She played Dichen's sister on Neighbours and is in the Tomorrow When the War Began movie. I wonder if she was cast through that connection or if it's a funny coinky dink.

Awesome, haunting video.
That was so moving. This makes me miss Dollhouse and its ability to haunt me and make me question existence. Must purchase the DVDs and marathon the series when this midterm season passes! Thanks for the beautiful imagery and memories cast and crew! :)
This broke my heart and broke my brain. And made me miss Dollhouse even more.

Oh, I made my sister watch it and when she saw the first few minutes, she went all, "CHOBITS!"
@orangewaxlion - I think zohrael got it right. I submit that it can be for both reasons (two subservient women to mend his wounded sense of pride AND he gets a new one every time his heart gets broken). I would also like to add that I think he got a second Mobot to divide their functionality. "This one will be my new companion toy. The other one can just do all my chores for me." :)
So... if Fran is Fox and the red Maurissa is Dollhouse, then is Dark Horse the hobo at the end since that's where Dollhouse is going to live from now on?
Or the hobo's Scott Allie which would make Dark Horse his compact yet homely cardboard box behind the restaurant.

"This one will be my new companion toy. The other one can just do all my chores for me."

Also *puts guy hat on for a second*, he has ready access to what amounts to identical twin sisters i.e. a common sexual fantasy* (I doubt it's entirely coincidental that when the second bot arrives we see them all in bed together pretty much next shot).

I sort of have a different observation with the spilled milk thing though, I thought that was more of a patronizing "aww, aren't you cute" thing where he's still freshly enamored with her.

Dunno, his expression didn't say "Awww, aren't you cute" to me, it said more like "Oh dear, what've you done you naughty child/pet/malfunctioning possession ?". He didn't seem happy about it and she didn't seem happy at his response either. Mileage varies of course, as always (only watched it once, maybe I missed something).


* personally I spoiled it for myself years ago by considering how weird it'd be for sisters to sleep together but each to their own.
I've asked Simon if he can swap the link to the Hollywood Reporter link, as it contains better info than my write up.

Anybody interested in an interview so we can find out where the cast etc came from for this, and how it fell together?
Dollhouse was a beautiful show, and its most beautiful moments came from Jed and Maurissa. This video is another example of their creative minds at work with the "Doll" concept in a different context. The story in this video is a metaphor for a marriage and divorce in which a woman has allowed herself to be objectified. Maurissa in this video is Echo!
Anybody interested in an interview so we can find out where the cast etc came from for this, and how it fell together?

No for I despise information in all its forms (particularly new information as change is scary).

*waits patiently for a possible bit of gossi magic*
It's all been said but .... brilliant, haunting, creepy, beautiful and makes me miss Dollhouse so much.

Fran was the perfect choice for this, one of his greatest attributes as an actor is having such an incredibly expressive face.
And Maurissa has so much talent in so many areas, wrapped in such a gorgeous package, it's actually kinda scary. :)
Haunting and fitting, simply brilliant and fantastic.

I think it's a video that can be "enjoyed" without the context of the show, but it gets more meaningful if you were a fan of Dollhouse, despite no direct connection between them, beside cast and crew.
I can't get it out of my head. I don't think I've been this moved by a Whedon family production in years, and it might be my favorite non-Joss (but still Whedon family) piece ever. I love these guys!
The moment that got to me was when Fran and Maurissa 2 were carrying out the box, dropped it, and were only annoyed by the further inconvenience and delay in getting rid of Maurissa 1. There's a prime definition of garbage. My chest tightened up at that.
I have to admit, I liked that video more than I ever liked the show, and it encapsulated the message in two minutes.

Brilliant.
Hobo? I'm sorry but I didn't see a single kerchief tied around a stick. ;)

This was poignant and beautiful. I heart all Whedons so much!
The talent is undeniable, but wow, disturbing.
I thought the video was wonderful, but what moved me the most was that all these "Dollhouse" people were inspired enough/cared enough to make this.
Beautiful and haunting. The Whedons are a talented bunch! I really wish Dollhouse had been given a proper chance, no tampering. It would have been amazing.
This reminded me of Lars and the Real Girl, though that movie was more uplifting and less creepy.
Willowy said:

Hobo? I'm sorry but I didn't see a single kerchief tied around a stick. ;)


"We should thank the Hobo, so he doesn't put a curse on us."
That was amazing and disturbing all at once, which of course makes it even more amazing. I liked the interaction between Mo 1 and Mo 2, as well: not quite in their design parameters, I think.

I missed the real-person-pulling-away moment, so when I saw the second box arriving, my first thought was, "Oh, Topher's found love with the real woman so he bought Mo a companion!" And then Mo 2 emerged and I realized that I had come into this vastly under-cynical.
I've watched it about ten times now. I just can't believe how beautiful it is. The parallel between the homeless veteran and the broken doll was amazing. Almost like the veteran was viewed as a broken soldier, and so was cast out of society like trash. T_T
this video was just too amazing for words. I'm seriously going to keep a youtube tab open just so I can replay this video while I do homework.
And that being said, all credit to Joss Whedon for creating Dollhouse, but Jed and Mo really took it and raised it up into what it eventually became. I think this music video really shows that.
Wow. Just, wow.

Gossi: YES to the interview.
Amazing. The theme connection only made me miss Dollhouse more.

@gossi: Interview sounds great. I'm curious about the special thanks to Dichen and Enver... I was actually half-expecting the man at the end to be played by Enver.
Dichen produced, Enver helped out. Interview should be up here soonish.

[ edited by gossi on 2010-10-13 21:57 ]
It would've been funny if Joss had been the homeless man at the end. Just sayin' lol.
The video makes me want to see more of Fran as a villain in some other projects, to be honest.
I was a bit worried at the end that the homeless man was just gonna use *Apparently-Sentient-Bot-#1 for the same thing(s) that Fran Kranz's character did, but it looks like he made a friend instead and I was kinda relieved (the video doesn't prevent one from assuming the darker possible outcome, though).

*if they weren't sentient, they'd just be highly sophisticated (and possibly creepy, for some) sex toys, no moral quandry IMO. But since they're self-aware and feel, yick.

Beautiful. Nice treat. Still like the visuals at the end of "Epitaph 1" for it better though (the gas, Whiskey slumping to the ground, the wall of rememberance, and the climb up the ladder).

Scruff looks good on Fran.

[ edited by Kris on 2010-10-14 02:44 ]
Did anyone notice the homeless man had a bunch of medals on his jacket? He was a "disposable person" in more than one way.

This whole idea of "disposable people" and "disposable relationships" is unsettling, and yet it is persuasive in our materialistic culture. It's the mentality which says, " I'm tired of my car. I'll just trade it in. Oh, and my wife, too. There are younger, sportier models of both." It's also the mentality which says, "I need to go hire some cheap labor, work them really hard and fire them before they know what happened so I can get filthy stinking rich."

It's the sociopathic "me, me, me" obsession combined with an utterly empty empathy.
Wow ... that was weird and disturbing. And oddly beautiful.
It weirdly remind me of the Yeasayers video featuring Kristen Bell. The strangeness of emotional connection in a strange world.
archon said: The video makes me want to see more of Fran as a villain in some other projects, to be honest.

Fran for Doctor Horrible.
It was lovely/horrible/haunting3.

Beautifully made, sung, acted. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to slap Fran's character into next week.

Congratulations to all involved, too, on making it so high on youtube's viewing charts.
YEAH! That'd be great gossi. Gotta get him some singing lessons if he can't sing and that would be perfect.

Something about this video just really sends me the villain vibe from him (aside from the obvious negative connotations already present in it). His deadpan expressions, slicked back hair, nonchalant way of brushing off the affection of Mo-bot is just way too good. Now if only a movie would pick him up for it...
Can someone with more cultural chops than myself ID what looks suspiciously like a comic book peeking out of the homeless veteran's jacket pocket? I assume it's presence is no accident, and can only wish and wonder as to what title it is -- surely one of the Dark Horse variety.

Love this video, love the song, her voice, the editing. But everytime, that reinforced musical downbeat just as Fran steps into frame to fold Maurissa's limbs into the box thrills and chills me.

[ edited by Hera on 2010-10-14 14:38 ]
And then Mo 2 emerged and I realized that I had come into this vastly under-cynical.
ManEnoughToAdmitIt | October 13, 19:52 CET


*Never* go into a Whedonverse project "vastly under-cynical". ;_)

The video makes me want to see more of Fran as a villain in some other projects, to be honest.
archon | October 14, 02:39 CET


I just want to see more of Fran in anything (quality production of course), ASAP.
Sooner/soonest, still not soon enough. Although there will never be another Topher.
The link to the Hollywood Reporter doesn't work anymore.

YouTube

Thank you, moley75, for the updated link. What a lovely piece of work.
I watched the music video 5 times in a row on the day it was released. I re-watch it every once in a while still.

I hope we get to see lots of music videos for Jed Whedon's album. The entire family is so talented, and they've managed to create a five minute film, the way music videos used to be. If they keep this up, MTV might have a purpose again.
Also. It's physically impossible for me to turn this song off. Once the opening notes have sounded there is nothing to do but surrender and enjoy heartbreak rollercoaster.

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