In Spielberg’s 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the alien E.T. sees a child dressed in a Yoda costume and says, “Home!” In return for the Yoda cameo, Lucas promised to insert an E.T. cameo into the next Star Wars film.
And that he did:
Sure enough, three aliens of E.T.’s species appear in the Galactic Senate in The Phantom Menace. No sources identify the name of their species, but the novel Cloak of Deception by James Luceno (2001) identifies their home planet as Brodo Asogi and the senator as Grebleips (Spielberg spelled backwards). In the 84th issue of Star Wars Insider magazine, the HoloNet News, an in-universe news feature, mentions Senator Grebleips funding an expedition to another galaxy.
Now this has two quite dramatic implications:
2. This brings the number of good things about the Phantom Menace to 3. The other two being: John Williams’ score and the cool lightsabre fight at the end!