Buzz, also known as the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee, is the mascot the Honey Nut Cheerios cereal by General Mills. He was first introduced in 1979, alongside the Honey Nut Cheerios cereal. The bee did not have a name until 2000, when Kristine Tong, a fifth grade student from Coolidge, Texas, won a national contest to name the bee, dubbing him "BuzzBee". The name was later shortened to Buzz, which was the submission that took second place in the contest. Buzz has also went through several different voice actors in his career. He was was originally voiced by Arnold Stang until 1992. He was then voiced by Billy West and Charlie Schlatter. as of 2015, Buzz is currently voiced by Jason Marsden.
History with the Macy's Parade
The Honey Nut Cheerios Bee made his parade debut in 1999, to celebrate Honey Nut Cheerios' 20th anniversary. The balloon measured 37.2 feet tall, 33.5 feet wide, and 60 feet long, with a volume of 15,000 cubic feet of helium. He also became the first bee balloon in the parade's history.In 2001, the balloon was given a special birthday tuxedo in honor of Cheerios' 60th anniversary, which was created by a handful of third graders from Beeville, Texas. After his flight that year, he was retired from the parade, and a new balloon of the character has yet to be created.
- in 1999, when he made his debut, his antennas were down due to heavy rain.
- Flight of the Bumblebee (Remix) (1999-2001)