October 21st, 2011
06:35 PM ET
A creepy creation by director Tim Burton is ready to join this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The New York Times reports that next month, a Burton-designed balloon will float next to familiar faves like Snoopy and Spider-Man.
The mind behind movies including “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands” has created a character called B. Boy for the November 24 event.
“It’s such a surprise to be asked, and it was great,” Burton told the paper. “It’s such a surreal thing that you don’t even believe what you’re hearing. Somebody’s trying to play a joke on you or something. It had that kind of feeling.”
Of course, there’s a sufficiently dark backstory for “B.,” as he’s called for short. According to Burton, the sad sack was crafted from the leftover birthday party balloons used at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. An outcast due to his haphazard looks, B. spends his time hidden in a basement, daydreaming about flying.
The parade’s executive producer, Amy Kule, says that although Burton’s work can be dark, she’s not worried about his balloon causing nightmares.
“Maybe we’re stepping into the dark side here,” she says, “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.”
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