Finn and Jake are fictional characters from the hit Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time. The two brothers live in the Land of Ooo, where they battle monsters, save princesses, and just hang with their friends. Finn happens to be the only surviving human on Earth after the events of the Mushroom War. Jake is his adoptive brother, who can stretch into any shape.
History with the Macy's Parade
In July of 2013, a collaborative effort between Macy's and Cartoon Network was unveiled in the form of a brand-new Adventure Time balloon for that year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon was unveiled at a special Adventure Time panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, with members of Macy's Great American Marching Band taking part of the special announcement instead of usually revealing it from a news media like other balloons.
After months of negotiation with Cartoon Network's creative department, the Macy's Parade Studio yielded a 57-foot long balloon, featuring the show's inseparable duo, Finn and Jake, as they bring the epic tale of their heart-pounding escapades all over the mystical Land of Ooo, right to the heart of New York City.
The balloon would make a flawless test flight at BalloonFest 2013 -- with the exception of Finn's deflated left ear. Finn's right ear was also deflated during their debut on Thanksgiving of that year. To celebrate the balloon's debut, Cartoon Network aired a special Adventure Time marathon that day, entitled the Adventure Time "Balloon-a-Thon", which started at 2:00pm ET/PT.
The balloon would make two more consecutive Parade appearances and was retired shortly after the 2015 Parade.
The balloon was seen for the first time in almost five years on September 26th, 2020, when it was used as a test subject for the new balloon handling method, which requires five specialty work vehicles and was put in place in response to the ongoing 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic. The balloon would also appear in the next test flight in October 4, 2020, when it was used again alongside one of the Gold Macy's Starflakes and on October 24, 2020, when it was used once again.
Listed below are the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearances on the NBC telecast.
- "Adventure Time Theme Song" Instrumental (2013-2015)