Tim Burton wants to creep you out at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

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Dec 15, 2012

We always thought that director Tim Burton and Halloween were a perfect fit, just like peanut butter and jelly, or macaroni and cheese. But Tim Burton and Turkey Day? Get ready for the Hollywood visionary to bring his special touch to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The famous filmmaker, known for his dark, gothic style and his love of the macabre (Beetlejuice, The Corpse Bride, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands and the upcoming Dark Shadows, to name just a few), has designed a balloon float for Macy's famous Thanksgiving Day Parade, which takes place on Nov. 24 in the Big Apple.

"It's such a surprise to be asked,'' Burton said to The New York Times, ''and it was great. 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."

Apparently Burton had long been on Macy's wish list for their Blue Sky Gallery balloon series. And after they got their man, the only thing the organizers asked of Burton was to ''try to stay away from something skinny and pointy.'' And so Burton obliged with this roundish design (also, much easier to get it to actually, you know, float).

Burton also said, by way of explaining his design:

"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."

Burton's float, which will be hanging around the more famous Snoopy, Garfield and Spider-Man ones, is named B. Boy. Burton even created a backstory for B (B for Burton, right?).

''B. was created, Frankenstein's monster-style, from the leftover balloons used in children's parties at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Forbidden from playing with other children because of his jagged teeth and crazy-quilt stitching, B. retreated to a basement lair, where he obsesses over Albert Lamorisse's film "The Red Balloon" and dreams that he, too, will be able to fly someday.''

But aren't the organizers afraid that Burton's B. Boy may scare, rather than amuse, the youngest crowd that'll watch the parade?

"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."

Do you guys agree? What do you think of Tim Burton's take on a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float?

(The New York Times via Movies.com)

Richard Perry/The New York Times : Model used for the balloon design.

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