June 11 in Big Huge Sci-fi Movie Premiere History: ET and Jurassic Park

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Jun 12, 2017, 7:42 PM EDT (Updated)

We’re going to just jump right in and start with the 1982 trailer for ET.  Because it’s a little weird. 

This is sort of what blockbuster previews were like once: a long string of words about emotions. And Dee Wallace. ET premiered on this day in 1982 and look, we’re Syfy Wire, we have this covered. Here. And here. And also here.

True to form, before we tell you to round up all the nieces and nephews you have and sit them down in front of it, here are a few good reasons why:

1. It has sort of bad words (and feelings about Mexico):

2. The scenes with ET and the kids are awesome:

3. The frogs, team:

4. The scene with the bikes is still one of the greatest things you can watch as a kid:

5. An entire generation of American kids had their first experience with tears of joy here:
Really. Seriously. If you know any number of kids who haven’t seen E.T. yet … ask yourself what's wrong with you.

Now, moving forward to 1993.

Not to be outdone by himself, eleven years later to the day, Speilberg released another of his masterpieces. Team, welcome to …Jurassic Park.

Whoa. Right? And then: 

Followed closely by:

And ultimately:

Now, run out and get DJ Qualls a birthday card. That's tomorrow.