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Despicable Me 2 blimp flies Dallas skies April Fool's Day, but it's no joke

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The Despicablimp is promoting the upcoming Despicable Me 2, which opens June 22. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

UPDATE: Well, apparently the Despicablimp can't get enough of Dallas-Fort Worth. The crew will take the blimp to more places around the area in the afternoon of Thursday, April 4 and in the morning of Friday, April 5, including downtown Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, Frisco, Plano, Addison and Richardson. It will then head to its next destination, Houston.

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Because Monday is April 1, you can expect people to pull practical jokes to celebrate the time-honored tradition of April Fool's Day. But if you see a blimp flying around that looks like one of the minions from the animated film Despicable Me, it'll be no joke.

That's because Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are getting a head start promoting the upcoming sequel, Despicable Me 2, by taking the Despicablimp on a cross-country tour. Its visit to Dallas is the seventh of 22 official stops, culminating with the film's premiere on June 22 after traveling more than 20,000 total miles.

The A-150 blimp, one of the largest in the world, will circle the city after taking off from southwest Dallas. If you are in downtown Dallas or on I-30, I-635, Central Expressway or I-35 anytime between 5 and 10 pm, chances are you'll get a glimpse of the blimp, which will be lit from within.

It's certainly a unique way to promote a movie, although the film likely doesn't need that much help. The original, about a supervillain (Steve Carell) whose villainy is thwarted both by another supervillain and three super-cute girls, made more than $250 million domestically and more than $540 million worldwide.

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