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. The balloon measured 57 feet long, weighed 640 pounds, and was filled with a whopping 21,700 cubic feet of helium, and held the record for the most amount of helium until Thomas the Tank Engine was made into balloon form in 2014, who used more helium than him. To accompany the balloon, A walkaround version of Dee Dee was added but was retired the same year, the balloon was retired after the 2000 Parade and is unlikely to return to the lineup, as his show ended in 2003. However, 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 been retired.


  • In 1998, the right rocket of Dexter's jet-pack ended up being ripped by an unknown obstacle but the rest of the balloon remained intact throughout the route.


  • Dexter's Laboratory theme song (1998-2000)


Gallery: Dexter's Laboratory

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