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Scrat from ‘Ice Age’ Joining Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

New giant character balloon celebrates next summer’s animated motion picture, ‘Ice Age: Collision Course,’ from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

NEW YORK -- Ice Age's scene-stealing squirrel Scrat will get his own giant character balloon in the 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this November.

Star of the blockbuster Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age film franchise, Scrat will be transformed into a ballooning behemoth, chasing a colossal acorn down the Parade route and into the hearts of millions of fans this holiday season.

“Ice Age’s rambunctious Scrat is sure to be a giant balloon fans of all ages will go nuts for!” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “A comically-whimsical creation, we are thrilled to welcome Scrat and his acorn to the giant balloon line-up of this year’s Macy’s Parade. Our team and millions of Ice Age fans lining the streets of New York City and in homes across the country will be cheering Scrat on as we wait to see if he catches the ultimate treat on Thanksgiving Day.”

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate a global icon such as Scrat than immortalizing him in one of the most beloved and cherished American events, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Zachary Eller, senior vice president, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox. “From the moment we began discussing a way for our Ice Age herd to participate, we knew that Scrat chasing that just out-of-reach acorn was the only possible idea!”

Transformed into massive prehistoric proportions in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide, Scrat will measure approximately 59 feet long, 24 feet wide and 41 feet tall. Always focused on the hunt and chasing his favorite snack, he is posed ready to pounce on the 21-foot tall acorn that is just slightly out of reach. And what a treat it would be, as it would take more than 15 million real acorns to fill Scrat’s helium version!

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios.

The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, November. 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. - noon in all time zones. Twentieth Century Fox Pictures/Blue Sky Studios Ice Age: Collision Course will be released worldwide in Summer 2016.

Source: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.