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Chuck Wolf ABC News
1934: Cartoon Stars Get Balloon Makeovers
By the mid-1930s, nearly every cartoon star was getting balloonified. Walt Disney personally oversaw the building of a 40-foot Mickey Mouse. Donald Duck came a year later, with Popeye soon to follow.
In a sure sign that Hollywood had acknowledged the marketing potential of the parade, the Tin Man appeared as a 70-foot balloon in 1939, while "The Wizard of Oz" was still in theaters.
The same balloon used for the Tin Man was repainted in a green and yellow suit, turning him into "Laffo the Clown."
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