They’re two of the most beloved, most influential science fiction films of all time. Ridley Scott’s Alien became the gold standard for sci-fi horror, and has been referenced and imitated countless times since its 1979 release. Steven Spielberg’s E.T. is a family-friendly classic that is indelibly stamped on the psyche of pretty much everyone in my generation. While they both involve encounters with extraterrestrials, the particulars of those encounters couldn’t be more different. So what would happen if you mashed the two of them together? Let’s find out.
The short trailer E.T. x Alien was created by second-year students at the Animation Workshop in Denmark. Their assignment was to create “a 30-second trailer loosely inspired by all-ages classic E.T..” While it’s a cute idea in and of itself, I love the visual punchline at the end, a riff on iconic images from both movies. Nice work, you crazy Danes. Be deaaaaaaaad.