37 years ago, ET landed in theaters and in the hearts of moviegoers. Now, thanks to Xfinity, the ‘Extra-Terrestrial’ is back to bring everyone a nostalgic feelgood in time for the holidays.
Comcast NBCUniversal is continuing the story of friendship by reuniting ET and Elliott – played by a grown-up Henry Thomas. In the story, the iconic characters from the Universal Pictures classic tell the updated tale of connection using technology from Xfinity and Sky.
In a scene that will look familiar to the millions who have seen the original, a couple of kids hear a noise and search their back yard. There, they see the gangly arms of ET hiding behind a snowman. Turns out it’s Elliott’s kids, and they bring their father out to reunite with his old alien friend.
During the four-minute film, ET gets in touch with new technology, like VR headsets, speech-activated television remotes and Xfinity-powered tablets, along with having analog fun like tobogganing and watching classic Christmas movies on the couch as a family. Everything seems comfortable, until ET realizes he must go home again, but not before a bicycle trip across a moonlit sky.
This story was made in connection with Universal Pictures, part of the Comcast family of companies, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (GSP).