ET And The Real, Grown-Up Elliott Reunite In New Holiday Commercial

E.T. says goodbye

The four-minute commercial, titled "A Holiday Reunion", was shot in a cinematic style.

Henry Thomas is back in character as Elliott for a short film created by Comcast NBCUniversal, which brings together the creative and innovative companies that are a part of Comcast.

Granted, plenty of things have changed since E.T. left Earth for his home planet, mainly the fact that Elliott now has a family. "You came back", Elliott says to E.T. At least, we think he did. It will also be available on demand for Xfinity TV subscribers.

You weren't the only one to "phone home" on Thanksgiving. As a kid he continued to star in films like Cloak & Dagger, growing into Young Norman Bates in Psycho IV: The Beginning and the epic romance Legends of the Fall. In addition to Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald's Game, and The Haunting of Hill House, he also played a ghost version of Jack Torrance at the rundown Overlook Hotel in Doctor Sleep.

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Elliott's children and wife are shocked to see this small raisin-like creature, but Elliott excitedly hugs his old friend from 1982. He helps Elliott's kids fly on their bicycles, a nod to one of the most memorable scenes in the original. Now, where's Gertie (Drew Barrymore)? "It's really a win-win", said Thomas in a statement about the new ad. These days Spielberg is busy directing West Side Story and launching new shows on AppleTV.

While Henry Thomas is best-known for his emotional role in E.T. "Every licensee tried to add more products, everybody wanted a piece of the pie", he said as the film was being re-released.

Yes, cynically speaking, the short is an obvious bit of self-promotion for the media giant, but even the coldest of hearts will be warmed to see American cinema's favorite alien back on Earth. The executives behind the ad didn't just want E.T. selling their wares. As the boy's sister joins him, E.T. looks at both of them and then points skyward. They care about the way it connects them to other people.

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