Whedon’s World


“The Cabin in the Woods,” opening Friday, is a horror movie with a twist: namely, it was written by Joss Whedon, who inspires rabid devotion from fans of his series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly.” He’s got some credits that might surprise you, though.

“Toy Story” (1995)
Whedon co-wrote the screenplay that brought us “to infinity and beyond.” This first film in the series is the only one that won’t make you cry.

Alien: Resurrection (1997)
The fourth film in the “Alien” series (the one with Winona Ryder) is just awful. Guess not even Joss Whedon, who wrote the script, can win ’em all.

Titan A.E. (2000)
Whedon went back to animation to co-write this largely forgotten film that features the voices of Matt Damon and Bill Pullman. It’s about saving the human race, which Buffy did weekly, so we’re not sure why these guys needed a whole movie.

The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998)
A talented songwriter (have you seen “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog?” You should), Whedon wrote the lyrics for “My Lullaby” for this straight-to-video release.

Serenity (2005)
Whedon wrote and directed this film that wrapped up the prematurely canceled “Firefly,” but he also lent his voice to the role of a bank guard in the flick. His role was uncredited, which is probably why he didn’t get an Oscar.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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