The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is going to be a little darker this year as a bit of macabre makes its way onto the parade route.
In exciting news, it was announced yesterday that Tim Burton is going to have a balloon in this year’s parade, which is scheduled for November 24th.
The New York Times shared some details on October 21 as to what fans can expect from Tim Burton and this new character, B. Boy.
“B. Boy” or “B.” for short, is a bit Frankentstein-like and was created from leftover balloons used at children’s parties at the Great Ormand Street Hospital in London. B. was forbidden to play with other children due to his jagged teeth and his crazy quilt-like stitching, which made him retreat to a basement lair. There he obsesses over Albert Lamorisse’s film, “The Red Balloon” and dreams that one day, he too will fly.
In speaking about B. Boy, Burton told the New York Times,
“There’s always been something about balloons. You see them deflated and you see them floating. There’s something quite beautiful and tragic and sad and buoyant and happy, all at the same time.”
While Burton himself is excited to be a part of the parade, it turns out Macy’s has had their eye on him for quite some time. After visiting his exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York that ran in 2010, they decided to step up their efforts in making his participation a reality.
See behind the scenes video of Balloon Boy from Tim Burton’s 2010 exhibition at MoMA in New York
According to sources, Bill Schermerhorn, the longtime creative director of the Macy’s parade contacted people he knew working on the Muppets who then put him in touch with Don Hahn, the Disney producer currently working on Burton’s feature-length “Frankenweenie” movie.
Hahn happened to be with Burton at that particular moment and said, “Well, I’m standing next to Tim. Let me hook you two up.”
Schermerhorn and John Piper, the VP of the Macy’s parade studio, flew to the UK earlier this year to meet up with him. The one guideline they gave him – stay away from “something skinny and pointy.”
B. Boy might be a departure from the usual cheerful, happy floats that make their way down the parade route, but for Tim Burton fans, the anomaly will be a welcome one.
“Maybe we’re stepping into the dark side here,” said Amy Kule, the parade’s executive producer, “but Tim’s balloon, although gothic, is really fun in spirit, and nobody should be worried that it’s going to be scary or should be part of a nighttime parade rather than a daytime parade. We’re pretty cognizant about what we put in the air, and this balloon deserves to be up there with all the others.”
Be sure to tune in November 24th for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to see B. Boy make his debut on the parade route.
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