View Full Version : Farewell to the Cast and Crew of MITM Discussion

Jan 19, 2006, 01:39 PM
With just six episodes left to shoot, there's very little time left for the Malcolm in the Middle Voting Community to send a token of appreciation to the cast members of the show before they dismantle forever.

If anyone has any other ideas than a card, here and now would be the place to share them.

Otherwise, once again it's time to break out the scanners and digital cameras and upload your signatures. :D Christina already volunteered to send in our next card.

So feel free to share your ideas, suggestions, etc. Whether it's for the card or something more creative, give us your ideas!

Jan 19, 2006, 01:47 PM
I think we should have one day when the last MitM episode comes, that day should be like a big party in the MitMVC. Everyone shall have fun to take their minds off what's going to happen.

I think a card is a very good idea though because it's easy to do and it sends a great message to everyone that it concerns, maybe they'll even write back.

We could write a long letter, that's another idea!!

I will think of more ideas soon, i promise!!

Jan 19, 2006, 02:38 PM
Yeah, we should definitely send the cast something, I mean they've really done an amazing job over the last couple of years. I don't have any other idea than another card so far, but i'll keep on thinking about it...:)

Jan 19, 2006, 02:44 PM
Dont forget the dircector and people they have worked gust as hard and aslo dont forget the creator!!! withiout him/her there would be NO MITM!!!!!

Jan 19, 2006, 02:58 PM
That's true indeed. We can address it to everyone. Although I'm not sure Linwood would get it since he's not at MITM anymore. But we're probably getting ahead of ourselves. Let's see if we can think of anything other than a card this weekend, otherwise go with the card and start working out the specifics for that next week.

Jan 19, 2006, 03:34 PM
I think that we would be able to send it after the shows finishes on the May 14th, as I'm sure that the fan mail address would still be open. They might not get them until later, but I'm sure that they would all still be accepting fan mail for alittle while after the show ends?

On a different note, can we get some of the other members from the mainVC to get involved in signing a card (or what ever we deside)? As alot of them don't come onto the forum, so they won't know about our idea of making a card (or what ever) for the cast, as we might get alot more interest, plus I'm sure they might be interested??

Jan 19, 2006, 03:38 PM
You would probably have to ask David but once we get organized and figure out what it is we want to do, he could probably cook up something.

Jan 19, 2006, 04:24 PM
We could put Mike's poster-sig-thing on it. His big checkerboard thing with the pictures of them from a whole bunch of seasons. :D Yeah, so you know what I mean....:)

Jan 19, 2006, 04:38 PM
Yeh i like the idea of the checkerboard design. It's a neat trick to have the progression from the early pictures to the later ones. I think a card's probably the best idea, it's an easy way for everyone to get their own individual message to the cast.

Jan 19, 2006, 05:32 PM
I think the card would be the best thing. I doubt they would actually take time to sit down and watch a video. Remember though, we can't have too much on it. If we end up doing poster board again, we're pretty limited on the size of envelopes. Sam had a hard time finding one big enough for Justin's (then he still ended up having to reduce the size a little to make it fit.)

Jan 19, 2006, 06:29 PM
If we are doing a card, consider this your first entry.

It’s been nice to have the pleasure to have you guys in our homes for these 6 years. I’d expect an extra season, but c’est la vie. I’d like to give a special shout out to each cast member. To you, Jane, for making Lois such a bad-ass hard-ass; to you, Bryan, for not just creating a silly, yet caring father, but directing great episodes of this series; to you Chris, for turning a bad troublemaker into a man more responsible than we expected; to you, Justin, for bunching a neat bully, a GD jackass, and a caring soul into one package; to you, Erik, for taking Dewey from the curiosities of childhood into the wonders of manipulation (!) and girls; to you, Frankie, for making Malcolm the on-camera driving force, talking to us, making us feel like your best friend; to the entire crew for creating these situations and covering them with a certain level of tolerance and comedy; and especially, to Linwood Boomer, without whom, we wouldn’t have enjoyed these last seven seasons. I hope you will achieve in your future endeavors. I’m sure the entire team at the Malcolm in the Middle Voting Community will join me in saying, thanks for 7 glorious seasons of humor, dysfunction, and pure entertainment. God be with you all.

Kindest regards, Mike P. (reese35
Orlando, FL, USA

P.S. News Corp, if you’re reading this, the minute Malcolm gets on FX, I want it all uncut! You hear me? Un-flipping-cut!

I know neither FX nor News Corp will read this, but I just wanna make myself heard.

Jan 19, 2006, 07:36 PM
Nice, Mike! :)

I have an idea. Since people are probably going to write their messages a little longer than they were on Justin's card, how about making it a booklet rathar than a card? We could take several pieces of poster board and cut them in pieces (about the size of a standard photo album) and make each piece a separate page. It could be the MITM memory album compiled by members of the MITMVC. :D

On the front we would have a nice design, then on the inside we would include all of our sigs/messages. In addition, we could put some of our favorite memories from MITM. These would be things like a few favorite quote and pictures from each season (like 1 quote and pic per page, then put people's sigs/messages around them--think in terms of a scrapbook.) Everyone could submit some of their fav quotes/pic, then we could vote on which ones to actually include. We might also want to include artwork from members of the forum to decorate the pages--maybe forum sigs people have made themselves (or some other type of MITM related artword that members made) since we have so many creative people here.

By making it a booklet, we could use as many pages as we need to fit all this stuff in, then just bind them together in some way. That doesn't mean that people should write 3-4 page messages--I'm not paying to ship a novel! :D But something like what Mike wrote (No more than a paragraph--depending on the size of your writing.) What do you all think?

Jan 19, 2006, 08:21 PM
Well, if we’re gonna do a booklet, allow me to submit a possible cover.

Jan 19, 2006, 08:35 PM
That's a very good idea Christina. Allow me to put in my two pence: what if we made it 8.5 x 11 rather than photo album size? Then you could put it together in Word or Publisher or something, and just print it out on normal size paper and it put it in a normal manilla envelope. And when I say "you," I mean you because you're shipping it this time, right?

We could let people decorate their own pages, since people here are so artsy. :D

@Mike I still like your checkerboard better because that has pictures of when the boys were young'uns all the way up to right this year. That was, what, a season 2 pic? And it doesn't even include Lois. :(

Jan 19, 2006, 09:04 PM
That doesn't mean that people should write 3-4 page messages--I'm not paying to ship a novel!

And when I say "you," I mean you because you're shipping it this time, right?

Not paying attention again, Sam. :D And yes, I just quoted myself. ;)

That's a good idea too. It would certainly be a lot easier and probably less costly to ship. We could just let everybody submit 1 standard sized sheet of paper and they could put whatever they want on it. Then I'll put them all together and ship them. Probably the easiest way, but it wouldn't be as flashy. It doesn't matter to me so lets see what everybody else has to say.

@Mike--I like the one in the news and announcements section the best (the last one with the season one photos.) I think that one would make a good cover. Are you missing one of the seasons though? There's only 6 rows.

Jan 19, 2006, 09:20 PM
OK. I'll make the checkerboard cover bigger, add the 'childhood stopping point' byline and eliminate my name.

Jan 19, 2006, 10:40 PM
Okay, I've got it now! :D We'll let everyone create their own page--1 page per person. They can put whatever they want on it (within good judgement, of course.) People who don't want to create an entire page can just submit their sig (or whatever) and I'll put those on page(s) together. Then I'll glue the pages to pieces of posterboard (maybe a few different colors for variety) that are cut slightly larger than the printed pages to give it the appearance that each page has a frame around it. This will also make it sturdier and more book-like, rather than just having flimsy sheets of paper bound together. How does that sound? If you all like this idea, I will start a thread tomorrow with all the details and specifics so people can start working on and uploading their pages/sigs ASAP.

We need to decide on a date to send this. If they will only be there for six more weeks or so, I guess around mid-February?

@Mike--I think it would make a nice cover, but it's a little premature to say that we're definetly going to use it just yet since this thread was only started today. To be fair to everyone, we're going to wait to see if anyone else comes up with designs before making the final decision. :)
Also, I'm not sure about the byline "Is this where childhood ends, or did we pass that long ago?" I like the reference to Malcolm's line in the pilot, but then again, to me it almost sounds like we're saying the show should've ended a couple years ago (I know that's not what you meant though.) :D Maybe just say "This is the point where childhood ends." instead? Just a suggestion. :)

Jan 20, 2006, 06:03 AM
I'm just warning you, I'm not very good with artsy-crafty stuff. I can march a stright line, curve a line, and pinwheel, but I can't glue and color.

Ha! I bet you can't explain 'pinwheel' to me. It's a mystery...

Ok, I've stopped gloating to finish this post. But I'll try art and crafts.

Jan 20, 2006, 10:26 AM
@Wildcat I'm glad you're so on top of everything. You make it all perfect--from now on you should be the mod in charge of all contests, events, and publicity. :D

Jan 20, 2006, 10:47 AM
Sorry, I get all excited when it comes to artsy/craftsy projects. :) So shall I make a new thread with all the info about what we're doing, or wait to see if anyone else comes up with something better? We should decide on a tentative date to send so people know how much time they have.

Jan 20, 2006, 01:36 PM
Good ideas people. I will gladly submit a page of my own to the booklet! It will be a great way to show how much we admire the people who made the show happen...it'll be sorta a funeral for us.

Jan 20, 2006, 04:18 PM
Yeh i like the idea of compiling a page, it means everyone can write a slightly longer message. As long as you're prepared for it costing a little more than just a card.

Jan 20, 2006, 05:46 PM
Sorry, guys, for jumping the gun... here's the supercover.

http://photobucket.com/albums/f94/reese35/th_mitmgoodbyecover.jpg (http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f94/reese35/mitmgoodbyecover.jpg)

If you want me to make it a little smaller...

Admin Edit: Its great, but its distorting the page layout

Jan 20, 2006, 06:00 PM
The higher the quality, ie the large, the better is is when it comes to printing, its better for the person creating this card to resize down than to have to resize up! :D I might have make it just a URL or a thumbnail as its taking up a large amount of the thread and kind of distalting it! :D Great job though!

Jan 20, 2006, 06:04 PM
Yeah great job, should make a great front cover.:D

Jan 20, 2006, 06:07 PM
I REALLY appologise if this has already been mentioned, I've only scanned the posts, but you guys all seem to be great at making mini films, why not utilise the whole multimedia thing- not necessarily to send to them, but just as a sort of 'memorial' if you will on the webpage, of course, only really using pictures quotes and possibly clips from season 1, as season 2 through 7 are not avialable to download/ own

Jan 20, 2006, 06:45 PM
Good idea! I was planning on doing one of those myself, but I don't have the technology. I have ideas on song choices, however. I could post the clip choices too.

BTW, post #300!:D

Jan 20, 2006, 07:54 PM
I'd still like to see the shots from season 3 and 6 on the checkerboard pattern. And congrats on 300 Mike.

Jan 20, 2006, 08:00 PM
3rd row - that is season 3. I'm thinking row 4 is a combo of seasons 5 and 6. But if you want me to add screenshots from season 4, I'll do. And thanks for the congrats, yard.

Jan 20, 2006, 08:10 PM
I REALLY appologise if this has already been mentioned, I've only scanned the posts, but you guys all seem to be great at making mini films, why not utilise the whole multimedia thing- not necessarily to send to them, but just as a sort of 'memorial' if you will on the webpage, of course, only really using pictures quotes and possibly clips from season 1, as season 2 through 7 are not avialable to download/ own

Actually there has been some discussion on doing just that. Not just videos clips, but also members' artwork, fanfics, poetry, whatever. It's definitely something to look into in the coming weeks. :)

Nice job Mike. I too would like to see all of the seasons on it if you can. (I've never seen any season 6 official photos...did they make any?)

Jan 20, 2006, 08:18 PM
Like I said, I assume that 4th row is a combo of season 5 and 6 pics. I've yet to see season 4 pics. According to BBC, those photos on row 3 are season 3.

Jan 20, 2006, 08:24 PM
NO I don't think so. I think you've got 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7. That's judging from the boys; I can't tell the difference with Francis, Lois, and Hal.

Jan 20, 2006, 08:32 PM
Well, if anyone wants to send me season 3, 4, 5, and 6 photos, I'll gladly appreciate them. But for now, just 5 rows...

Jan 21, 2006, 04:27 AM
Season 3 are the ones from the BBC, like Mike said...it's season 4 we dont have.

Jan 21, 2006, 10:09 PM
I plan like mike to do some video stuff - for the fans and the site.

but not quite yet.

Jan 22, 2006, 06:30 AM
Season 3 are the ones from the BBC, like Mike said...it's season 4 we dont have.

We have all seasons located in our gallery :D They might require a bit of editing and slimming down, but they still exist :D

Jan 22, 2006, 07:56 AM
As in episode screenshots and not press pics?

Jan 22, 2006, 04:24 PM
Having just seen Allison's amazing montage, I think we should do something like that, perhaps get people to submit pics they think sums up MITM for them, then create a montag from it and send it to MITM?

Jan 22, 2006, 04:33 PM
The only problem with that is that legally we should only use pictures from season 1, since the others haven't been released on DVD..... could still make a video just using Season 1 tho