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The 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by Muppet dude, Nov 13, 2012.

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  1. Muppet dude Active Member

    Muppet-wise, from what I heard, so far it's going to be the Sesame Street Float again, and the Kermit the Frog balloon.
    I don't know if they're going to have Kermit himself at the parade though. Even though during the opening (when they play that stock marching band rendition of "New York, New York") they say "The CAST OF SESAME STREET! ...and the Muppets," they are only just referring to the Sesame Street Muppets, not the Muppet Show-cast Muppets (they never did that before, when they'd say "THE CAST OF SESAME STREET!" people would know this would include the SST Muppets...
  2. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You know what really honks me off? Seems that Macy's isn't doing the big balloon tie in plush anymore, and just putting scarves of AFLAC duck. Now, they're cute and I love ducks and all, but I really liked the big tie in plush. The Kermit was one of the best Kermits I've ever seen. I'd compare it to the Fisher Price, and that's the best Kermit plush ever. Not to mention the great Grover plush, the fabulous Scooby-Doo, and the last one they did, a wonderful Smurf that the Jakks Pacific plush paled in comparison to.
  3. Muppet dude Active Member

    The sad truth is, Macy's doesn't seem to care much about the balloons anymore, at least the NBC broadcast. When they announce the parade line-up, they just save the balloons for last (but before Santa, of course.)
  4. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It always seems to be the celebrities on various levels of "we'll never see them again after this broadcast." Plus, I swear the floats are just as bad as the balloons almost a decade ago, when they were all corporate mascots from none too popular companies instead of cartoon characters. I mean, there was an Ask Jeeves balloon at one point. All the floats are commercials for something, and other than the Sesame Street one, they are no longer cartoon based.
  5. heralde Well-Known Member

    Bingo! It is Television, lol. And remember even the floats and balloons of cartoon characters are actually commercials to sell a TV show (and a toy line, don't forget the toy line! ;))

    I read that when the parade first started back in the day many of the balloons were recreations of actual toys you could buy at Macy's. It's always been about that.
  6. BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I've noticed the overcommercialism of the Macy's balloons for years. It would be great to see characters who are established pop culture icons back in the parade... seems like Kermit is the only one left in that regard (why oh why is there no Bugs Bunny balloon in the parade?). But you know, you just have to grin and bear it.

    That said, why hasn't Hasbro dipped into making a Rainbow Dash balloon yet? :p
  7. heralde Well-Known Member

    But see even those would be commercials. ;)

    Is it just me or has Hasbro often been absent from these things? I don't recall too many of their cartoons/toys having floats even years ago. But correct me if I'm wrong!
  8. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'd rather an Optimus Prime, though. Didn't they have Mr. Potatohead at one point? he's my favorite Hasbro toy. But I hate that Nintendo sponsors a Pikachu balloon instead of a Super Mario one. I'm glad Sega brought Sonic back. But for a while, all the balloons were C-list corporate mascots (Cheese-a-saurus Rex, anyone?)... seems they've stepped off on that, and we're getting cartoon characters. Current ones, but we're getting cartoons back. I'm surprised that Marvel/Disney didn't bring Spider-Man back. And I miss the Scooby-Doo one. What, they used that once?
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  9. Muppet dude Active Member

    They used it in 2005, 2006 and 2007. And each time, they played the theme song to "What's New Scooby-Doo" underneath. Could this mean the original "Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?" theme could be NO MORE in the future? :cry:

    It's sort of akin to replacing the original Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies "Merrily We Roll Along" theme in a similar occasion with the late 1960s "klunky" version of the Looney Tunes theme music...

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  10. SuperGzilla12 Active Member

    Me want Barney back... ME WANT BARNEY BACK!!!

    That is all. :laugh:
  11. FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Chill down. Barney appeared in last year's parade with other cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Felix the Cat, Yogi Bear, Babar, and The Pink Panther.
    Barney will probably be in this year's parade as well.
  12. SuperGzilla12 Active Member

    I was joking - Sort of over-playing the fanboy sterotype. ;)

    While I doubt Barney will be in the parade this year, I'd be a very nice (Or, should I say Super-Dee-Duper) surprise if he does.
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  14. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Some of the music choices they made are weird. They have an instrumental version of F.U.N. for Spongebob, rather than his theme song. Not to mention that at some point where they had the Big Bird Balloon they used the 90's end theme. I guess some of these are chosen by the studios, and they were using the What's New Scooby-Doo theme song to promote the show at the time.

    I want the Bart Simpson balloon back. A Simpsons balloon of any kind. It's not like it's a flash in the pan character anymore.
  15. heralde Well-Known Member

    Is there still a height requirement for the balloons? I think I saw a documentary on the parade that said the Bart balloon was one of the ones judged too big after the accident years ago.
  16. mr3urious Well-Known Member

    The Sonic balloon used music from the first stage of Sonic 4, too.
  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The balloon was too old anyway. They needed to make a new one. I'd say that they'd have a Homer this time around if they considered it, because the Bart balloon came out at the beginning of the series where Bart was the most famous one.
  18. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Witch Ballon of Sesame are we getting? I'm hoping we could get the Super Grover Ballon again.
  19. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Did we even have the Abby balloon last year? I forgot. I completely doubt we'll see the Super Grover balloon ever again. That's retired.
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  20. FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I didn't hear anyone say that there's going to be an Elmo balloon this year. I think the only Muppet balloon we're going to have is the Kermit balloon.
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