Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

E.T. and Elliott reunite in heartwarming commercial

E.T. and Elliott reunite in heartwarming commercial

An all-new E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial short debuted on NBC, Syfy and Comcast Xfinity's website this Thursday-and it gave us all a glimpse into what life is like for the adorable alien, Elliott and the rest of his fam nearly 30 years after the original film.

One of the most heart-warming friendships in cinema history has been rekindled in time for Christmas, as Elliott and E.T. share the screen once again - for an advert.

Thomas was just 11 years old when he starred in the 1982 film, but now he is all grown up with a wife and two kids. I won't lie, I teared up a little.

Granted, plenty of things have changed since E.T. left Earth for his home planet, mainly the fact that Elliott now has a family.

The director famously resisted allowing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to be released on home entertainment formats.

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It starts by us seeing Elliot's kids in the garden when they scream after spotting E.T behind a snowman. When Elliott runs outside and sees his childhood friend, he's thrilled.

"You came back?!" he cries. Children and the wife of the hero shocked to see a odd creature, but Elliott excitedly embraces his old friend, with whom they are acquainted since 1982, when the film came out.

Of course, Elliott knows where they're going: to that clearing in the woods where E.T. caught his ride home all those years ago.

"Looking at the storyboards, I could see exactly why Steven [Spielberg] was really behind it because the integrity of the story isn't lost in this retelling", he added.

Comcast is counting on keep viewers focused on Xfinity and Sky, rather than those new-tech competitors Can the alien pull it off?

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