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Tim Burton to Create Float for Macy's Parade

Tim Burton's Macy's Parade Balloon

The filmmaker’s balloon boy creation will spice up the yearly Thanksgiving event.

Tim Burton brought his dark-yet-somehow-adorable creations to the big screen in films like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He’s also an artist and a poet. On top of that, his work has been featured in retrospectives at some of the most renowned art museums in the country, including most recently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

But can the public ever get enough Burton? Apparently not – because this year a Burton creation will be floating high above the streets of New York on Thanksgiving.

Burton has designed a float for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.

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The creation, called B. Boy, is a stitched together balloon boy who will take flight in the 85th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is the latest entry into the holiday parade's “Blue Sky Gallery” series, which invites artists to create flying wonders for the procession. Previous flying art balloons have included works by Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami.

"I've always had a fascination with balloons," stated Burton in a press release about the event. "B. Boy looks forward to his flight through Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day."

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a Burton creation without a dark backstory. B. Boy was not born like any other child -- he was stitched together from rejects of old birthday party balloons left over from the many children's parties that took place on the upper floors of the hospital. With his pointed teeth and uneven stitches, B. was not allowed to play with the children at the hospital. With his spirit deflated, B. withdrew to his basement home and into the world of his favorite film, The Red Balloon. Watching it obsessively, B. hoped that one day he too would be able to fly above the city and bring joy to one small child.

On Thanksgiving Day, B. Boy’s dream will come true.