I just finished watching E.T. for basically the first time. I only saw it one time in 1982, and 38 years later didn’t remember anything beyond the “Phone Home” shtick. I wrote this grand review about the symbolism in E.T. with a lot of thoughts tending towards the introspective. I had to rewatch E.T. to get Peetimes for RunPee, because the old favorites are playing at drive-in theaters during the lockdown, and we don’t want to leave you hanging in a long movie like this.
The glorious E.T. sequel
So I was buzzing off my E.T. experience when I stumbled over this incredible follow-up to the original story, featuring none other than Henry Thomas himself, as Elliot, all grown up. With his own family. Apparently he also lives in the same Northern California tract development, with the same woodshed, same old bike-with-basket. He kept up his fascination with space. (As one does after becoming besties with an alien.)
There’s a TON of heartfelt nods to the classic film, and you can even see the E.T. doodle young Elliot made while goofing off at school. The only thing missing is a Speak & Spell toy. I don’t want to say much more, because I fear I’m spoiling it already.
This E.T. “sequel” is actually a 4+ minute commercial made in 2019 by Xfinity, and why I never came across this before has me stumped. It’s a mini-movie, with feature film-quality production values, and it’s now canon as far as I’m concerned. I’m not ashamed to say I cried a tiny bit at the end. (Sometimes a good commercial can do that. Remember those Reach Out And Touch Someone ads?)
Open this video to Full Screen, grab a bag of Reese’s Pieces, and enjoy:
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Co-Creator of RunPee, Chief of Operations, Content Director, and Managing Editor. RunPee Jilly likes galaxy-spanning sci fi, superhero sagas, fantasy films, YA dystopians, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies, in that order…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder. In fact, that little bladder sparked the creation of RunPee. (Good thing she’s learned to hold it.)