Director Tim Burton’s unique vision has graced movie screens for several decades. But now the director is taking his unique vision to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Burton is designing a balloon to be part of the annual event. The new balloon called B. Boy 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.”
Burton has even created a backstory for the new character who will join such iconic favorites as Snoopy and Garfield in the parade. 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.