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

Despicable Me 2's April Fool's Day blimp is 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.


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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