E.T.'s communicator is a makeshift device created by E.T. to 'phone home' after he is accidently left behind on Earth by his botanist colleagues. The communicator was inspired by a "Buck Rogers" comic strip E.T. had read while under the care of Elliot and his siblings, Michael and Gertie.


While living under refuge at the home of his new friends, E.T. reads a comic strip in a newspaper about the fictional character of "Buck Rogers". After crash-landing on a strange alien world, Rogers salvages what's left of the ship in order to make a communicator to call for help. E.T is inspired to try this himself in order to return home. He begins to go around the house looking for tools he can use to create his own communicator. With the help of Elliot and his siblings, E.T. successfully builds a communicator and uses it to call his ship back to Earth. The ship picks up the distress signal and returns to Earth the next day to pick up E.T. and return home.


The communicator is compomsed of many household objects and applicances.

  • A record player
  • Buzzsaw blade
  • A fork
  • A knife
  • A coat hanger
  • An umbrella (with aluminum foil to create a satellite)
  • Speak & Spell toy (for sending signals)
  • A coffee can (filled with electrical wires inside to provide power)
  • A walkie talkie (to send radio waves to through the satellite)
  • Rope

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