The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990) (part 3 of 4)
Meanwhile, out in the real world, Bastian’s Dad comes home and discovers that Bastian is nowhere to be found. He wanders around Bastian’s room until he finds the NeverEnding Story on his bed. He picks it up and examines it, probably thankful it’s not porn. He then looks inside the front cover and sees the address for Koreander’s bookstore.
Back in Silver City, Bastian is up in a gazebo, pleading with the Fairie Tale Theatre residents to help him stand up to the “giants”, which I guess is what this movie calls the Crab Monsters. Alas, all the weirdoes are afraid to help. Look, people, you’re giving Silver City a really bad name here. When Bastian is the bravest guy in town, something has gone seriously wrong.
So, guess who magically shows up to help? And by “magically”, I mean it’s a complete plot contrivance, not that he materializes in a shower of fairy sparkles or anything. Why, it’s Atreyu, the buffalo-hunting warrior kid from the first film, also played by a totally different actor!