Beethoven the Dog is a fictional character in a 1992 family comedy film directed by Brian Levant. He is a St. Bernard dog named after the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who is adopted by George and Alice Newton (Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt respectively) after being stolen from a pet shop by a pair of robbers.

History with the Macy's Parade

Beethoven debuted in the Parade in 1993, to help promote his brand-new feature film, Beethoven's 2nd. He made subsequent appearances in 1994 and 1995 before he was retired. However, he returned one last time in 2008 to promote his newest movie, Beethoven's Big Break, making this the oldest balloon to make a comeback in the Parade's history. Beethoven was once again retired after this Parade appearance, and hasn't been seen since.


  • In 2008, his muzzle was deflated for unknown reasons, although it's speculated that it was either punctured by an obstacle, or one of its air chambers didn't work very well due to its age and appeared more droopy and deflated than it normally would.



Listed below are the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearances on the NBC telecast.

  • Roll Over, Beethoven! (1993-1995)
  • Generic Macy's Music (2008)
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