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E.T. reunites with Henry Thomas' Elliott 37 years later in Thanksgiving TV commercial

Jacob

Nov. 28, 2019

E.T. has returned home!
The out-of-this-world character from the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" reunited with Elliott (Henry Thomas) in a heartwarming new commercial that premiered on Thanksgiving.
The Comcast Xfinity commercial, which serves as a short film, shows E.T. back on earth and reconnecting with Elliott, who excitedly embraces his old friend, exclaiming: "You came back!"
Elliott, who now has a wife and two kids, who seriously resemble Thomas and Drew Barrymore's characters in the original film, tells E.T. "a lot has changed since you were here." The family brings E.T. into their home, playing in the snow together, eating a cupcake topped with Reese's Pieces and introducing the character to their virtual reality headset.
And what would a mini E.T. reboot be without that iconic bike ride across the moon? He shares the experience with a new generation of kids as the music swells, just like it does in the movie.
“The audience is going to get everything they want out of a sequel without the messy bits that could destroy the beauty of the original and the special place it has in people’s minds and hearts,” said Thomas, in a statement to Variety provided by Comcast.
Of course, there's an Xfinity plug (since it is a commercial), when Elliott's son explains to E.T. the company's website on his tablet ("It's called the internet") and as the family gathers on the couch as Elliott speaks into his TV voice remote.
A shorter, two-minute version of the ad aired during NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday.
"When I was a teenager it was like, 'They are going to call me Elliot again,' " Thomas told USA TODAY in 2012 around the 30th anniversary of the movie . "But I have kids now. And everyone you meet, especially people close to my age, they all have very meaningful stories about seeing the movie the first time."
E.T.'s return may come as a surprise to some, especially after Spielberg's comments in 2018 about why the character wasn't an Easter egg in his movie "Ready Player One."
"He’s kind of retired," the director told USA TODAY.
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