A close look at Xfinity’s hit unofficial E.T. sequel reveals a surprise for fans of the alien’s visit to Earth with a host of hidden references to the classic 1982 film and its creator, Steven Spielberg.
The bonanza of ‘Easter eggs’ evoke memories of the beloved movie starring child actor Henry Thomas as E.T.’s Earthling pal, Elliott, and who now plays an adult version of the character in the commercial by the Comcast’s broadband service company.
Comcast, which also owns Universal Studios which made E.T., also included nods to Spielberg, as well as his hit films Jaws and Jurassic Park.
The hidden surprises were spotted by YouTuber Johnny Awesome, who has more than 4,000 subscribers, and posted on Friday, a day after the ad was first broadcast during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.
The first Easter egg noted by the YouTube poster was a pair of white and red Nike Cortez sneakers, the first track shoes made by the company.
Elliott, now a dad, has a son, and the shoes are seen in the boy’s room.
Originally, they were spotted on Elliott’s feet when he takes E.T. out trick-or-treating for Halloween in the movie.
An Easter Egg in the new Xfinity commercial that’s an unofficial sequel to E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, as noted by the YouTuber Johnny Awesome shows a pair of white and red Nike Cortez sneakers, the first track shoes made by the company on the bottom right
That’s young Elliott in the original film on the right wearing the same Nike Cortez sneakers
There is also a Polaroid of the famed outing on the wall of adult Elliott’s home.
This is presumably the one taken in the original film by young Elliott’s mom, played by Dee Wallace.
Another egg is revealed by a model train that whirls around the track in Elliott’s son’s room, as white light flashes from a nearby window.
A larger train set can be seen in the original movie, when FBI agents in astronaut suits raid Elliot’s home to take E.T. and the young boy away.
Another egg is revealed by a model train that whirls around the track in Elliott’s son’s room
White light flashes from a nearby window in the ad as the train moves across the track
The egg evokes the scene when when FBI agents in astronaut suits raid Elliot’s home to take E.T. and the young boy away in the original film
A Raggedy Ann doll is seen on a pile of plush toys in the trailer.
A similar pile of toys – including a Raggedy Ann doll – is seen in the original film.
In the original film, E.T.’s hides in a plush-toy pile up that includes a Raggedy Ann doll
The Xfinity commercial includes its own version of Raggedy Ann on a pile of plush toys
Blue, plaid shirt
Fans of the movie will remember a scene showing E.T. wearing a blue, plaid shirt.
And in the TV spot, an adult Elliot is seen wearing the same shirt.
Adult Elliot wears a familiar blue, plaid shirt in the Xfinity commercial
E.T. in the original film wears the same blue plaid shirt as seen on adult Elliott in the ad
Frogs are spotted in two scenes of the commercial, evoking one of the funniest moments of the original movie.
In the film scene, Elliott yells, ‘run for your life, run to the river,’ as he and his classmates free frogs that were slated for dissection in a school science class.
The commercial shows frogs in two books on a coffee table, as well as what appears to be a toy toad on the floor of the Elliott’s son’s room.
The ad recalls one of the funniest moments in the original movie, when Elliott yells, ‘run for your life, run to the river,’ as he and his classmates free an untold number frogs that were slated for dissection while they were seated in school waiting to dissect the toads
Frogs are pictured in two books on a coffee table in the ad, in an egg that refers to the famed scene from the original film
The commercial couldn’t miss leaving out Reese’s pieces, which were made famous by the original film.
ET in the ad is seen at the dinner table next to a bag of the peanut butter and chocolate candies, which also are spotted, sprinkled on the lovable alien’s cupcake.
Reese’s Pieces, the peanut butter chocolate candies, became famous after they were featured in the original film
Reese’s Pieces make their return in the commercial at the dinner table
in the Advert, E.T. tries out virtual reality glasses and confronts a T Rex.
The dinosaur looks suspiciously like the beast from Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies.
E.T. goes high-tech in the commercial, trying out a pair of virtual realty glasses (left) and sees a T-Rex (right)
Peering into the glasses, E.T. provides yet another Easter egg, but this time it’s a nod to the T Rex in Steven Spielberg’s other hit film, Jurassic Park
Dungeons & Dragons
Besides the high-tech gaming, there’s an old school Dungeons & Dragons set spotted under adult Elliot’s TV in the commercial.
It’s a throwback to when the younger version of the character enjoyed the role playing game in the original movie.
The commercial plants another Easter egg udner the TV in adult Elliott’s living room: an old school Dungeons & Dragons role playing game
Elliott in the original film enjoyed playing Dungeons & Dragons
Elliot’s dog Harvey
The commercial makes sure that Elliot’s Golden Retriever Harvey doesn’t get forgotten.
There are at least two framed pictures of the loyal pooch in the ad, including the same one seen on Elliott’s night stand in the movie.
Elliot’s Golden Retriever Harvey from the original movie ins’t forgotten in the ad
There are at least two framed pictures of the loyal pooch in the commercial
One of the pictures is the same one seen on Elliott’s night stand in the movie
There are other original props in the commercial too.
Elliott’s hand drawing of E.T., made while he was daydreaming of his alien pal in school is now is framed on to the wall in Elliot’s son’s room.
Young Elliott’s hand-drawn picture of E.T. is spotted on a wall in the commercial
Elliott’s made the hand drawing while daydreaming of his alien pal in school in the movie
The ad also has E.T. giving Elliott’s son a hologram image of his family back on his home planet.
One of the CGI images bares a close resemblance to ‘Botanicus’, a theme park robot billed as E.T.’s teacher and featured in a Universal Studios ride that’s inspired by the original movie.
The ad also has E.T. giving Elliott’s son a hologram image of his family back on his alien home
One of the CGI images bares a close resemblance to ‘Botanicus’, a theme park robot billed as E.T.’s teacher and featured in a Universal Studios ride that’s inspired by the original movie
Pictured is ‘Botanicus’, a theme park robot billed as E.T.’s teacher and featured in a Universal Studios ride that’s inspired by the original movie
Fans will also spot a goldfish swimming in a bowl of water in Elliott’s son’s room in the commercial.
In the original film, Elliott also had a fish.
Fans may recognize the gold fish swimming in a bowl of water in the commercial as yet another nod to the original film
The younger version of Elliott also had a goldfish in a bowl in the original film
The son’s room in the ad also has rainbow-colored blinds.
Fans who might have missed them in the original can spot them in young Elliott’s room.
Rainbow window blinds in the commercial refer to ones used in the original movie
Young Elliott’s rainbow colored blinds are seen in the original film
‘Phone home’ communicator
One of the most iconic moments in cinema is when E.T. lifts Elliott and his bike into the sky with his alien powers to give him the ride of his life.
So when adult Elliott’s kids get to fly, it’s one of the most heart warming parts of the commercial.
But one of the hardest eggs to spot turns out to be E.T.’s homemade communication device, which the alien used to ‘phone home’.
Adult Elliott has kept the device in his shed behind the bike.
The communicator’s record player, ‘Speak and Spell’ and umbrella are seen in the background, as E.T. inspects the bike.
E.T.’s homemade communication device, complete with record player, umbrella and Speak and Spell are seen in the ad in the background of adult Elliott’s shed, where E.T. inspects younger Elliot’s bicycle, complete with basket
ET operates his homemade communications device in the original film, featuring a ‘Speak and Spell’ which is visible in the commercial
The scene ‘I’ll be right here’ scene is one of the film’s most famous, and it’s no surprise that it was repeated in the commercial.
But fans who look closer will notice that Elliott’s son is wearing the same kind of red hoodie that his dad was wearing in the original movie.
Familiar scene? Adult Elliott’s son where’s the same red hoodie the young version of his dad wore in the original film
Young Elliott in the original movie is seen wearing a red hoodie
It’s easy to miss, but the commercial includes a nod to film director Steven Spielberg.
A book with his name on the spine can be seen on a shelf in older Elliott’s home.
The acclaimed director gets a nod in the commercial when his name appears on the spine of a book on that’s on a shelf in the ad
Another easy to miss reference is a yellow cup on the dinner table where E.T. sits with Elliott’s family.
Gertie, Elliott’s younger sister played by Drew Barrymore, used a similar one in the original film.
Elliott’s younger sister in the original film Gertie, played by Drew Barrymore,can be seen using a novelty cup
The ad plants Gertie’s yellow cup from the movie at the dinner table in the commercial
A toy shark which Elliott plays with in the original now sits on a shelf in adult Elliott’s son’s room.
The shark toy in the original was actually an Easter egg itself – and was put into the film as a reference to Spielberg’s hit 1975 film Jaws.
A toy shark which Elliott plays with in the original now sits on a shelf in adult Elliott’s son’s room
Elliott plays with a toy shark in the original movie
The egg indirectly references Spielberg’s classic film ‘Jaws’
The advert includes several framed pictures on the wall of adult Elliott’s home.
There is one of the home young Elliott lived in from the original film, which even has his mom’s car parked in the driveway.
There also is a framed picture of young Elliott, which came from a publicity still used for the original movie.
One of the framed pictures is a publicity shot of the actor used for the original film
The publicity shot can be seen framed on the wall in the commercial
Aesop quote poster
Also on the wall of Elliott’s son’s room is a white poster with the famed quote from Aesop, ‘No act of of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’.
Young Elliott had the poster in his room in the film.
A poster reading ‘No act of of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’ is seen in the original film
The poster is now visible in Elliott’s children’s room in the commercial
Solar system map
Another familiar item in the son’s room is a poster of the Solar system.
It’s similar to the planets seen in a book that young Elliott uses to point out Earth to E.T., and find out where he’s from.
There’s now a solar system photo in the wall of adult-Elliott’s home
It’s similar to the planets seen in a book that young Elliott shows to E.T.
There is a mobile of planets hanging in the boy’s room in the commercial.
It evoked the classic film scene when E.T. floated similar objects in the air with his alien powers to show where he came from.
A mobile of planets hanging in the boy’s room in the commercial
E.T. floated similar objects in the air with his alien powers to show where he came from
In the original film, Elliott and his siblings show the alien a globe to show E.T. that they were in California.
And there is a similar globe in the background on the commercial.
In the original film, Elliott and his siblings show the alien a globe to ask where he is from
There is a similar globe in the background on the commercial
In the original movie, Elliott’s mom’s California license plate, registration number 132 YEB, can be seen on her car.
And in the ad, it’s now hanging in the shed of adult Elliott.
Younger Elliott’s mom’s drives her car with the California license plate, registration number 132 YEB, as seen in the original film
The license plate, registration number 132 YEB (shown), hanging in the shed of adult Elliott’s home
Quiet Man movie poster?
The YouTube post by Johnny Awesome speculates whether there is yet one more egg in the ad that shows the partial image of a woman’s face on what appears to be a poster.
Awesome wonders whether that’s a reference to the scene in the original where E.T. is watching ‘The Quiet Man’, a John Wayne movie that features the star grabbing a woman to plant a kiss on her lips.
Elliott, whose mind becomes linked to E.T.’s, re-enacts the same scene in the original film with a schoolmate. However, it’s not clear if that really is another Easter egg.
A YouTube post by Johnny Awesome suggests this poster is a reference to ‘The Quiet Man’, a John Wayne movie that features in the original E.T. film