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B. Boy, Tim Burton and Balloons

Today was my first experience seeing B. Boy, a Tim Burton character, floating along in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The character B. Boy was stitched together, Frankenstein-style, out of discarded balloons.
Excerpted from the New York Times Arts section:

“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.”

“There’s always been something about balloons,” Mr. Burton said, by way of explaining his B. Boy character. “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.”

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