The holidays are a special time for family and friends to reconnect. This year, Xfinity is sharing a holiday short story of connection by reuniting two beloved characters – E.T. and Elliott (Henry Thomas). Although the world has changed since they’ve last seen each other, their enduring friendship reminds all of us how important reconnecting is during the holiday season.
Released in 1982 by Universal Pictures, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was the biggest blockbuster of its time and remains the top-earning film of the 1980s. The movie won Academy Awards for its iconic music (Best Original Score) and groundbreaking technology (Best Visual Effects).
“The audience is going to get everything they want out of a sequel without the messy bits that could destroy the beauty of the original and the special place it has in people’s minds and hearts,” Thomas said. “Looking at the storyboards, I could see exactly why Steven was really behind it, because the integrity of the story isn’t lost in this retelling.”
Xfinity worked across the Comcast NBCUniversal family of companies to reunite these beloved characters this season. In celebration of the holidays, the Xfinity team produced the holiday short story that debuted during the Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and will continue to run in the U.S. and across Europe through Sky this winter.
To give more families the opportunity to experience the magic of E.T. this holiday season, Comcast NBCUniversal will be featuring the 1982 film on its SYFY network and across the Xfinity TV platform. Xfinity X1 customers can simply say “E.T. Phone Home” into their Voice Remote to find the movie and unlock a destination of E.T. content. You can visit Xfinity.com/ET for more info.