WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters now.
As Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continues to roar at the box office, it turns out the blockbuster pays homage to Steven Spielberg favorite E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
From Spielberg's 1993 T-rex playing a major role to a John Hammond tribute, the fifth Jurassic movie is jam-packed with Easter eggs. Although Spielberg only served as an executive producer on Fallen Kingdom, director J.A. Bayona revealed how he honored the director's work.
Speaking with Yahoo, Bayona confirmed that lovable alien E.T. makes a cameo of sorts toward the film's climax. As the action moves to the Lockwood estate and the Indoraptor escapes into the house, there is a tense scene as Isabella Sermon's Maisie is hunted by a dinosaur. When Maisie hides in her bedroom as the Indoraptor closes in, audiences might have been able to spot an E.T. doll in the background.
“In the dinosaur fight in Maisie’s room, there’s a lot of toys,” confirmed Bayona. "And if you take a look at the toys, you will see there’s an E.T. character there. You try to have fun, but at the same time you try to integrate that nostalgia into the story you’re telling.”
This wasn't the only nod to E.T., however. Bayona also revealed that Maisie's red sweatshirt is inspired by Henry Thomas' Elliot. “That’s very Amblin, very Spielbergian,” he said. Finally, a third E.T. Easter egg comes right at the very end of Fallen Kingdom. As Blue looks out across a canyon as a possible set-up of a third Jurassic World, the neighborhood is the same one from E.T. -- albeit several decades later.
Explaining why he wanted to include so many references to the 1982 classic, Bayona explained, “I think it’s great when you can make a connection with the other films because we have very emotional relations with these movies. We saw them when we were very young or when we were kids.”
E.T. is considered a modern classic, entered into the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Spielberg may have left the Jurassic director's chair, but it shows what an influence he and his movies still have on the franchise.
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, joined by Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell, and Jeff Goldblum.