The NeverEnding Story (1984) (part 1 of 2)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “The NeverEnding Story? Isn’t that a good movie? Isn’t that a movie that people actually liked? What’s it doing in the Agony Booth?” Personally, I’d call it an overrated movie (82% on Rotten Tomatoes? Really?), but that’s not the reason I’m writing this mini-recap.

The real reason is that I received a recap submission some time ago from Michael Novelli, AKA “Mendo Loves Lum”, whom you might recall as one of the contributors to the Battlefield Earth Mega Recap. He sent in a recap of the 1994 sequel The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia.

While I thought it was a good recap, and worth posting, I had a feeling it wouldn’t make much sense to people not intimately familiar with the previous two NeverEnding Story movies. Unlike, say, the Howling series, which essentially told seven different unrelated werewolf stories, there are, at the very least, several characters and elements that appear in all three NeverEnding Story films. (Although, there’s a pretty loose continuity between the movies, but more on that later.)

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Multi-Part Article: The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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  • Tatiana

    This was such an awful movie. They showed it to us in fifth grade at school as a “reward” for collecting the most box tops. Several kids fell asleep. Also, an interesting point about the movie—the Evil Wolf bleeds when Atreyu stabbed him in the gut, and the “blood” is orange.

  • Chief O’Hara

    Oh, no! You just killed a part of my childhood!

  • Polly Esther

    This movie made me feel like a pedophile. On the other hand, Noah Hathaway is almost old enough to be my father so that helped. Some.

  • Rwaaah

    In all fairness, in the original German version the land is called ‘Phantasia’ (so ‘Fantasia’ is quite close). I actually got a book edition that has Ende’s outrage at the movie enclosed at the end.