B. Boy Sketches 

Tim Burton, patron saint of Hot Topic, will be appearing (by proxy) in a New York City parade, and surprisingly, it's not the Village Halloween Parade: it's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Burton was actually approached by the parade organizers and asked to contribute, which completely ruins the hypothetical situation I'd worked up in my own head, wherein Burton obsessively writes calligraphic letters to Macy's asking to be a part of their parade in any capacity. By candlelight. With Helena Bonham-Carter reading each draft aloud over his shoulder.

"It's such a surprise to be asked, 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."

Well, it's funny that you should mention that feeling, Tim, because that's what the description of your balloon actually gives me. In Burton's backstory for the balloon, B. Boy was created from leftover balloons used in children's parties at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. His mangled visage and needle-sharp teeth prevented him from playing with other children, and so he spent his time in the basement, watching Albert Lamorisse's film The Red Balloon. Right.

"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."

Well. Huzzah. I actually applaud this decision: it'll be great to see that bastion of why-do-I-care-about-this traditions, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, receiving some fresh blood. I only hope that next year they get Werner Herzog to contribute.

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