During the summer of 2000, Fox Television, sponsored by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Corn Pops, ran a Where’s Dewey? campaign, to capitalize on the Season 1 finale cliffhanger, which showed Dewey getting lost in some strange town after chasing a red balloon out in the streets.
There was an official Fox teaser website with this theme before the start of Season 2 at the now defunct site www.wheresdewey.com.
Thanks to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, the introductory Flash animation of this site survives, and we have revived it here as a video:
When we last saw the little guy in May’s season finale, he was chasing a paper bag down a random street after his babysitter, guest star Bea Arthur, suffered a heart attack. (Interestingly, Arthur’s character was originally going to kidnap him, but when Fox became skittish about promoting the story line, the producers changed it to Dewey wandering off. ”Even for us, it’s probably not in the best taste to make light of child kidnapping,” notes [series creator Linwood] Boomer, ”so we killed Bea Arthur instead, for the good of America.”) All summer, the net pumped a ”Where’s Dewey?” campaign, which revealed snippets of the sweet tyke wandering all over the country. Alas, trying to glean any hints from the cast as to his whereabouts was about as easy as persuading Survivor contestants to reveal the million-dollar winner. Witness our chat with boy wonder himself, 9-year-old actor Erik Per Sullivan.
EW: So, how many times have your friends asked you, ‘Where’s Dewey?’
Erik: [Sighs] Quite a few. How many times have I given the answer? Zero. They’re like, ‘Where’s Dewey?!?! We’ve got to find this out!!!’ and I’m like, ‘Can’t tell ya, bud. Tough luck.’
Will you tell me if I give you a really yummy candy bar?
[Leans back in chair, smirking] Nope.
Here’s a little ‘flashback’ treat for you, especially the owners of the French and German DVD sets that are being released right now.
Apparently, French journalist Alain Carrazé, who we know from the S2 DVD release, wasn’t the only one to interview the main Malcolm cast (minus Jane) on camera at the 2001 NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) Market & Conference in Las Vegas.
BreakTV.com, “Your Video Streaming Entertainment Magazine”, was also on hand for a brief chat.
Listen how Bryan Cranston calls NATPE “The National Association of Transsexuals and Perversion Exhibitors”, and what they have to say about meeting Bob Dylan and Tom Cruise!
Happy birthday to Erik Per Sullivan, who is 20 today! Everyone at the Malcolm in the Middle Voting community wishes him a great day.
We haven’t heard too much from Erik recently, his Twitter account having been quiet since April (and that was after a multi-month hiatus), but we hope to hear some more soon! (We miss you on Twitter, Erik!)
To celebrate his birthday, here is Erik, quite some time ago now, playing ‘The Little Boy’ in the short film Once Not Far From Home from 2004.
Last year I called out for some new photos of Erik and last month we where excited to see Erik join Twitter which brought us… pictures! Big news seeing as we’d had near zero new information on Erik for years.
I’ve gotten way to lazy and afraid of rejection to go out for projects, plus college rocks. Just hoping USC’s SCA takes me! – @ErikPers
He’s at USC but doesn’t find out if he’s got into the Film & Television Production major until May. I’m sure you’ll get in Erik! Follow @ErikPers on Twitter.
Erik Per Sullivan starred in the short film Kamikaze Beethoven, he plays Dave a 13 year old headed down the wrong path, then…well I’d watch the film above and see!
Many thanks to raymanasdf for discovering this independent film. Its written and directed by Josh Janowicz and I guess it was filmed in 2006. But surprisingly its only come to my attention in recent months. Its produced by 72nd Street Productions who have connections with the University of Southern California (USC) where Erik is currently studying theatre.
Dave is a 13 year old eight grader headed down the wrong path, at school, and hanging out with the wrong crowd. The occasional pot smoking doesn’t help matters. One day after school, Dave is approached by a shady looking fellow (Eric Szmanda) on a bicycle claiming he “knows him”. Scared of the man’s appearance and approach, Dave runs away. The following morning, Dave is getting ready for school. After a shower, he returns to his room to find the SAME MAN in his room! Dave is terrified and goes for a antique sword hanging on his wall. Dave is about to cut the man’s head off when the man, inexplicably, starts telling Dave secrets about himself that no one else could possibly know. Through a series of questions, the man convinces Dave the he is him– from the future! For the next few days, Dave speaks with Future Dave about what the next fifteen years of his life will be like. Not surprisingly, Dave finds out his future looks bleak. As a result, Dave decides to turn his life around.
Photos, let alone videos of Erik (Dewey) have been very rare in recent years, so this video was a great surprise. It was uploaded 31 August, 2009 and most likely filmed shortly before as we know Erik was travelling in Italy with friends after his graduation, obviously Positano was one of the stops. My guess is that the video was shot by a friend of Erik’s who niece’s (Jasmia & Ruby) are fans of the show (MITM). Doesn’t he look different!
Last month on our Happy Birthday Erik post, I brought up the fact that the most recent photo of Erik we had was from 2 years ago! Good news, the above photo is from June 7th when Erik graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy (high school), posing with one of his class mates. Its not the best picture, but its the best we have, I’m sure there where many people taking pictures, but this is the only one to surface, thanks to PEA Reunions for taking it and raymanasdf for bringing it to our attention.
Ok, so maybe the second half of the title doesn’t make much sense, but with so little Erik news, I felt this was worth posting. For those who don’t know Erik’s parents run a Mexican restaurant in Erik’s home town of Milford, Massachusetts called The Alamo. FOX 25 visited Milford as part of their ‘Zip Trip’ and interviewed Erik’s dad Fred mainly about the restaurant but also Erik and his graduation, hair and that at the time of filming he was in Barcelona (also a glimpse of another photo from his graduation, but its low quality). Did you know there is a MITM cookbook?
We all hope you have a great day Erik. In the UK (where I’m writing this) he could be getting legally drunk but I’m sure Erik won’t be doing anything like that till he’s 21…
For those who don’t know Erik has been keeping totally out of the media for the last 2 years. His priority being school, however he’ll be done with that now and be heading to college soon (I wonder where?). We wish him all the best with this next stage in life.
I totally understand and respect Erik’s right to privacy and its not like we have paparazzi on hand to track him down but I can’t help but wonder what he looks like these days. I’m not alone with this, most recently and notably one of the UK’s most popular gossip/entertainment magazines Heat did a child star ‘Where are they now?’ feature and included Erik.
Interesting to see they didn’t choose one of the Season 1 pictures but instead one of him looking older in Season 4. However more notable, this magazine which only came out this week is using a ‘Now’ picture from 2.5 years ago (when Erik was 15!), it was taken at the première of Arthur And The Invisibles January 7, 2007.
But we can’t really blame them, the newest picture I know of is Erik and parents from August 30, 2007. So really we don’t know what he is looking like these days, if anyone has newer (avoid this Google indexing mistake) we’d love to see it, but please no stalking!
Beatrice Arthur, or Bea for short, star of the 70s sitcom Maude and the 80s series The Golden Girls died Saturday, April 25. She was 86. Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side. She had cancer.
We know her as Dewey’s babysitter in the episode 1×16 Water Park, which won her an American Comedy Award and an Emmy nomination. VC member Rich put together the above tribute video with clips from Water Park. Thanks Rich!
This has to be one of the most random Malcolm in the Middle related events of the year. Back in March a French electro group Le Crest held a club night dedicated to Dewey. Also before this they showed their love of Malcolm in the Middle by creating this song, based on the classic scene from season 2 episode 6 Convention when Dewey does a dance and sings the Poupi Poupi/Poupeepou/Boo-Bee (depending on language or understanding) song.
Here is the scene the song is based upon. Keep in mind the above remix is based on the French dubbed episode.
Now, Malcolm in the Middle has many very dedicated fans around the world however for reasons I can’t quite understand Dewey seems to be loved by the French much more than anywhere else and the above scene and song has entered pop culture there.
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