A close look at Xfinity's hit unofficial E.T. sequel reveals a surprise for fans of the spunky alien's visit to Earth: at least 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 " frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen, 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.
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
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.
There is also a Polaroid of the famed outing on the wall of adult Elliott's home, which is presumed to be the one taken by young Elliott's mom in the original film, 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
The plush toy pile up scene from the original movie is recalled in the next egg, and as it was in the original, includes a Raggedy Ann doll.
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
Fans of the movie who remember E.T. wearing a blue, plead shirt in the original will spot an adult Elliot wearing the same in yet another egg.
Adult Elliot wears a familiar blue, plead shirt in the Xfinity commercial
E.T. in the original film wears the same blue plead shirt as seen on adult Elliott in the ad
And there are frogs spotted in two scenes of the commercial, evoking one of the funniest moments of the original movie.
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 toad scene from the original film
In the scene, 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.
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 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
E.T. later tries out Virtual reality glasses and confronts a T Rex that 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
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
Besides the high-tech gaming, there's an old school Dungeons & Dragons set spotted under adult Elliot's TV in the commercial, 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
The commercial makes sure that Elliot's Golden Retriever Harvey doesn't get forgotten.
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 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.