Jul 3, 2019
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990) (part 1 of 4)
Before reading this mini-recap, check out my mini-recap of the first film in the series, The NeverEnding Story (1984), here in the Agonizer!
Welcome to the second installment of the Agony Booth’s exploration of the NeverEnding Story film franchise. This mini-recap, as well as the one I posted of the first film, should be all you need to prepare for Michael Novelli’s full-length recap of the third film, coming very soon.
When we last left Bastian Balthazar Bux, the savior of Fantasia, he was cruising off on his giant flying pink poodle into a magical Generic Fantasy Land of his own making. Many exciting adventures were promised to us, yadda yadda, cue theme song by Limahl.
Six years later, Bastian’s continuing adventures finally limped into theaters under the title of The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter. And I think it says a lot that the movie’s big selling point at the time was that it was preceded by “Box Office Bunny”, the first new Bugs Bunny theatrical short in over 25 years. Unfortunately, even that couldn’t save the film, because it failed to earn back its $36 million budget in its initial run. (However, it apparently did well enough on home video to justify a third movie.)
I’d imagine the big undoing of this movie is that, like me, the target audience who loved the first film were now mostly too old to care. Allow me to put this in context: The first film came out when I was in grade school. By the time the second film finally hit US theaters, I was applying for college. There may as well have been a 50-year gap between the two films.