In the words of Charlie Brown, "There is no heavier burden than great potential."
And the Peanuts character must be feeling a heavy burden this year, because he is getting a makeover! Fans can rejoice there is a new Charlie Brown balloon debuting at this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The new balloon design is celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the classic musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
Unlike his dear pal Snoopy, who made his debut in the 1968 parade, Charlie Brown was not introduced until the early 2000's. He then took a seven year hiatus after 2012. Even though Snoopy has had seven design changes, Charlie is coming back stronger.
According to Mashable, the new balloon will be 46-feet-tall, 53-feet-long and 31-feet-wide. Instead of kicking a football, he's flying high with a red kite and string wrapped around his body. The inspiration comes from a scene in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," when he finally gets the kite off the ground only for it to get caught in a tree. The good news does not end there: The new design is debuting on the 90th anniversary of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Along with this good news, the Peanuts franchise has a lot to celebrate this year. Last year it celebrated the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Fifty years ago on October 18th, 1966 "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" aired on CBS. There is no way you can forget Linus waiting for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin or the kids receiving rocks instead of candy while trick-or-treating. The Peanuts and friends have brought many laughs to our homes over the years. It would only be right for Charlie Brown to get a balloon upgrade.
You can catch the new Charlie Brown balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, on television from the comfort of your bed or while you are finishing all those amazing Thanksgiving dishes. Charlie Brown may not always get to kick the football when Lucy is around but from the looks of the balloon, we'll all be saying, "Good job, Charlie Brown!"