December 18 in Sci-Fi History: Happy Birthday, Steven Spielberg

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Dec 18, 2017, 11:57 AM EST (Updated)

Some major premieres invaded your holiday viewing plans on this day in Sci-Fi History. First up: it was on this day in 1987 that *batteries not included opened in theaters.


Directed by Matthew Robbins and produced by Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Ron Schwary, the movie starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. Basically, a bunch of people in an apartment building set for demolition are helped by tiny adorable robots.

You know who executive produced? Steven Spielberg.

And it just so happens to be his birthday today. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on this day in 1946, Spielberg is the man who gave us Jaws (1975).


And Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).


And E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).


And, uh, Hook (1991).


And all of the Indiana Jones movies. And Jurassic Park (1993). And Minority Report (2002). And War of the Worlds (2005). And tons more. 

So. There's that.

It was also on this day in 2009 that Avatar premiered. Written, directed and produced by James Cameron, it's the movie that took special effects nerds by storm.


Also, there's this. Which is actually exactly spot-on.


Tomorrow: Buffy meets Donnie Darko.