Adam Sandler’s Upcoming Film ‘Leo’ Joins ‘One Piece’ as First-Time Balloons for Macy’s Parade

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By Joshephira Honey

Adam Sandler‘s character from his upcoming animated Netflix film Leo is taking to the skies as one of the new balloons set for next month’s 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Netflix announced the news Friday, with the balloon featuring the titular lizard that is voiced by Sandler. This announcement for the balloon — which requires roughly 50 gallons of paint to cover it — coincides with National Reptile Awareness Day on Saturday.

The lovable lizard will join other previously announced balloon additions to the holiday celebration, including Monkey D. Luffy, the lead character from the One Piece animated series that celebrates its 25th anniversary next year and was adapted for a recent live-action Netflix show of the same name.

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Leo hits Netflix and select theaters Nov. 21, two days prior to the parade. The musical comedy centers on a 74-year-old lizard that has resided for decades in a Florida elementary school classroom but aims to escape when he learns he has one year left to live. Bill Burr and Cecily Strong also voice characters in the movie from co-directors Robert Marianetti, Robert Smigel and David Wachtenheim.

The annual parade takes place on Thanksgiving, which falls this year on Nov. 23, in New York City and includes more than 20 balloons, in addition to floats, music and theatrical performances, and the requisite appearance from Santa Claus. Performers have yet to be announced.

Beagle Scout Snoopy and Blue Cat and Chugs will also be featured as new balloons, along with such returning favorites as SpongeBob SquarePants, Stuart the Minion, Grogu and PAW Patrol’s Chase.

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