Scrat was an acorn-obsessed saber-toothed squirrel that lived during the ice ages, attempting to store his prized acorn. He is a supporting character in Ice Age, a major character in Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ice Age: Collision Course, and the tetartagonist of Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs.
During the days of the ice age, Scrat took an acorn with him everywhere, hoping to find a place to store it for the winter. Scrat also went out looking for other acorns so as to further his storage, looking all over for acorns and nuts.
History with the Macy's Parade
The world's most beloved acorn-loving movie star had the best National Nut Day ever, as Ice Age's rambunctious saber-toothed squirrel, Scrat, was transformed into a ballooning behemoth for the very-first time in 2015, chasing a colossal acorn down the Parade route ahead of his return to the big screen the following Summer in the 5th installment of the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course.
“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate a global icon such as Scrat than immortalizing him in one of the most beloved and cherished American events, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Zachary Eller, senior vice president, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox. “From the moment we began discussing a way for our Ice Age herd to participate, we knew that Scrat chasing that just out-of-reach acorn was the only possible idea!”
The allusive acorn balloon in which Scrat is trying to snatch is said to be big enough to fit 15 million standard-sized acorns, and if that's enough to boast of this double-balloon's bigness, Scrat's tail is also said to be about as 4 times as long as a woolly mammoth was tall. The balloon appeared for three Parades, and was retired after the 2017 Parade. It is unknown if this balloon will ever return, as no further installments of the Ice Age movies have been announced so far.
Originally, Scrat's Acorn was scheduled to make a solo comeback in the re-imagined 2020 Parade, classified as a generic novelty balloon. However, on late October of 2020, it ended up getting removed from the line of march for unknown reasons.
Below, you will find a list of the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearance on the NBC telecast.
- "Opening Travel Music" (2015-2017)
- In 2017, Scrat had his arms sagged by his handlers at Central Park South for an unknown reason, and so he spent the rest of the route with bent arms. Additionally, the stem on Scrat’s Acorn also went limp at times along the route, and was struggling to straighten up whenever its handlers did the “swinging” trick on the balloon.
- Scrat is one of the few known balloons accompanied by a novelty balloon, with the others being Snoopy's 4th balloon (with Woodstock) Big Bird (with the ABC Bouncing Balls), Charlie Brown (with his Football), JoJo (as one of her juggling balls is separate), Pikachu (with a Pokeball), And Baby Shamu (with her stars).