Episode 51 – The NeverEnding Story
The NeverEnding Story carries with it a deep vein of nostalgia that is hard to overlook even for us. As an adaptation of a popular children’s book this film perhaps doesn’t hold as true as it should have. However as an experience for young children to see the expanses of one’s mind brought to life on screen, this film accomplishes that goal in spades. We won’t pretend in this description that this is a bad movie, because it isn’t. The critics at the time loved it, and it made the studio quite a bit of money for what now seems like such a small investment. But what about children of today, does the original hold up? We showed it to our mini reviewer as always to see what she thought. The NeverEnding Story is famous for it’s practical effects, but how do those effects look today? And what about a reboot? Is this a story that could ever do with a franchise “refreshing”? Or should we leave this timeless classic alone? These are only some of the questions we cover this week in our review of The NeverEnding Story.
Highlights: The NeverEnding Story, Michael Ende, Wolfgang Petersen, Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Limahl, Kajagoogoo, Bastian, Atreyu, Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Urgl, Engywook, Patricia Hayes, Willow, Sydney Bromley, Gerald McRaney, Major Dad, Moses Gunn, Falkor, Gmork, Alan Oppenheimer, Prime Evil, Rhinokey, Skeletor, He-Man, Filmation’s Ghostbusters, The Wuzzles, Deep Roy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Oompa-Loompas, The New York Times
From Wikipedia: The NeverEnding Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a 1984 West German English language epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a mystical world. The film was produced by Bernd Eichinger and Dieter Giessler and directed and co-written by Wolfgang Petersen (his first English-language film) and starred Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley, Gerald McRaney, Moses Gunn, and Alan Oppenheimer as the voices of both Falkor and Gmork (as well as other characters). At the time of its release, it was the most expensive film produced outside the United States or the Soviet Union. The film was the first in The NeverEnding Story film series and later followed by two sequels.
Wikipedia: The NeverEnding Story (Film) Wikipedia
IMDB: The NeverEnding Story (film) IMDB
Theatrical trailer: The NeverEnding Story (film) Theatrical Trailer
Music Video for the main theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf1WT8VEZxk
Buzzfeed Article from 2013: Buzzfeed- Why adults should never watch NeverEnding Story
Huffington Post article about the special effects in this movie: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/neverending-story_n_5589126.html
Mental Floss: 14 fantastic facts about NeverEnding Story- Mental Floss