Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series debuted in 1996 as the first of the network's "Cartoon Cartoons," and aired until 1999, with a revival of the show airing from 2001 to 2003. The titular Dexter is a boy genius and inventor with a secret laboratory in the basement of his house, who constantly battles the intrusions of his older sister, Dee Dee, and engages in a bitter rivalry with his neighbor and fellow genius Mandark. Dexter's Laboratory became one of Cartoon Network's most popular and successful original series, won three Annie Awards, and launched the careers of several cartoonists who went on to bigger things.
History with the Macy's Parade
Dexter appeared as a balloon in the Macy's Parade in 1998, as one of the three new balloons to start the post-1997 changes, alongside Wild Thing, and Babe the Pig (Wild Thing would not make it to the parade twice for certain reasons and wouldn't be seen until 2002 at 34th street). The balloon measured 57 feet long, weighed 640 pounds, and was filled with a whopping 21,700 cubic feet of helium, and holds the record for the most amount of helium used in a single balloon. To accompany the balloon, a walk-around version of Dee Dee appeared alongside the buffed-up boy genius. During the balloon's debut, Dexter's right-side rocket was punctured by an unknown obstacle and promptly deflated. The balloon was retired after the 2000 Parade after only making 3 appearances.
After the balloon was retired. In 2001, he appeared in walk-around form on the "Toon Balloon-Abration" float alongside many other characters whose balloons in the parade had since been retired.
- In 1998, Dexter's right rocket was deflated during his debut march.