The balloon debuted as part of a Young Rock commercial on NBC.

By Joey Nolfi
November 26, 2020 at 03:03 PM EST
Credit: nbc/ twitter

If sleighs dashing through the skies aren't your thing, Dwayne Johnson has an eye-popping alternative: Flying fanny packs.

During a commercial break for Thursday's 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC debuted an adorable ad for the actor's upcoming TV comedy Young Rock that sent a gigantic recreation of Johnson — clad in an iconic look from his youth — soaring above the streets of Manhattan.

Voiced by Today show hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, the commercial (disguised as real coverage from the parade) saw the balloon dressed in Johnson's infamous belted blue jeans, fanny pack, black turtle neck, and thick silver chain, as seen in a heavily memed photo of Johnson circa the 1990s.

As Kotb explained, Young Rock "follows the wild times of Dwayne as a kid, a teen, and a college footballer," while Guthrie exclaimed that she "can't wait to see what kind of trouble little D.J. got into."

Johnson shared a first look at the series on Wednesday, posting photos from the set showing dramatized versions of his early life. Adrian Groulx plays Johnson at age 10, with Bradley Constant stepping in for Johnson at 15, and Marco Polo star Uli Latukefu portraying him at 18, just as he was recruited to play football for the University of Miami.

Young Rock debuts in February 2021 on NBC. Watch the commercial above.

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