I was sort of thinking, (if it’s cool with @ivan and @Lesley, and wouldn’t tread on any legal toes) we could potentially run with the idea that our 3 as-yet unnamed bots hold the position of janitor, projectionist, concession stand attendant inside the Gizmoplex, who sneak off and riff their own public domain movies when nobody else is looking.
(I was actually thinking concept-wise, it’d be funny if the robots in question actually were the projector, the popcorn maker, and the vacuum, but that may be getting a little ahead of ourselves.)
I think the main legal question would be, as long as we’re not selling anything or doing anything besides posting fan videos up on YouTube (or maybe even in the gizmoplex itself, depending on what eventually occurs infrastructure-wise) whether it would be okay for us to use shadowrama theater silhouettes, the same basic MST3K style format of theater segments intercut with skits, potentially our own variant on the spaghetti ball (though that’s not absolutely essential), and potentially namechecking MST3K and the current Mads/Hosts/Bots without actually featuring their likeness. Oh, and potentially doing our own variation on the theme tune…
I think those would be the primary concern for a fan production. That and, if it is okay to go ahead and do this thing, if there’s any sort of legal verbiage that would be appropriate to stick in any opening/closing credits to cover our asses and give appropriate credit where it’s due.