Kung Fu Panda MACY’S balloon taking nationwide tour


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: DreamWorks Animation and Macy’s announced that Po, the karate-chopping panda bear voiced by Jack Black, will embark on the first-ever U.S. tour of an official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.

The tour starts today, April 15, and will visit six cities as it leads up the opening of “Kung Fu Panda 2” over Memorial Day weekend.

From the release:

Po is scheduled to visit the following cities: Miami, FL on April 16th; St. Louis, MO on April 22nd; Dallas, TX on April 30th; Chicago, IL on May 6th; Phoenix, AZ on May 14th; and Los Angeles, CA on Memorial Day weekend.

At 42-feet tall, 46-feet long and 34-feet wide, the Po balloon is truly larger-than-life and is posed in one of Po’s signature martial arts moves from the DreamWorks Animation feature film. Po’s appearance in each city will coincide with a day of family-friendly festivities, all open to the public, which will include an opportunity to take a picture with Po, as well as see an official KUNG FU PANDA martial arts presentation. The day will also feature coloring, airbrush tattoos and face painting stations, as well as special prize giveaways.

“We are thrilled to join forces once again with our friends at Macy’s, who have done an incredible job of bringing our character of Po to life as a giant balloon for audiences to enjoy at the annual Macy’s parade and now in cities across the country,” said Anne Globe, head of Worldwide Marketing for DreamWorks Animation. “This first-ever premiere event is an exciting way to help kick off the summer movie season.”

“Kung Fu Panda 2” features the voice talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Victor Garber, Dennis Heysbert and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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