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Twelve-year-old Bastian Balthazar Bux had lost the wonderful imagination he had as a child somewhere between growing older, watching TV, going to school and playing with his Gameboy. But ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin ...  Connor 13 episodes, 2001-2002
Brittany Drisdelle ...  Fallon 13 episodes, 2001-2002
Valérie Chiniara Valérie Chiniara ...  Marley 13 episodes, 2001-2002
Stefano Faustini Stefano Faustini ...  Lucas 13 episodes, 2001-2002
Mark Rendall ...  Bastian Balthazar Bux 11 episodes, 2001-2002
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Twelve-year-old Bastian Balthazar Bux had lost the wonderful imagination he had as a child somewhere between growing older, watching TV, going to school and playing with his Gameboy. But when his mother dies suddenly, Bastian's limitless imagination is reborn. Bastian comes across a magical book, "The Neverending Story", in a curious little bookstore. Inspired by the book, Bastian creates an enchanted world called Fantasia, inhabited by dragons, dark knights and assorted heroes and villains. The adventure of a lifetime begins when Bastian projects his Fantasian alter ego, Atreyu, into a battle against the sinister force of The Nothing. This terrible force threatens to destroy Fantasia and its ruler, the Childlike Empress. Only Atreyu, a 14-year-old Woodland boy and unlikely hero, can save her and find a cure for The Nothing. Bastian's experiences in the real world; such as his mourning, his new, sometimes tumultuous life with his dad, his problems with a school bully and his terror of... Written by Betty Palik

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English

Release Date:

6 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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The Neverending Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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(4 parts)

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Dolby

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Despite its title, this TV series doesn't focus so much on Bastian or the real world at all so The Tales From Fantasia would be a much more appropriate title, all things considered. See more »

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Fly Girl: Oh, I know what this is about.
Atreyu: [there's a rumble] Did you hear that?
Fly Girl: Don't try to change the subject. But, you know, what happened...
Atreyu: [smiles] Oh, yeah, you kissed me.
Fly Girl: Actually, YOU kissed ME. But it's ok, I didn't take it personally.
Atreyu: [surprised] You didn't?
Fly Girl: [shrugs] No. People kiss each other all the time.
Atreyu: Well, not where I come from. Some people would take a kiss like that very seriously.
Fly Girl: [another growl] What was that sound?
Atreyu: [angry] Now who's changing the subject?
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Already seen. Not so bad. (With a little revision over all the adaptations)
14 August 2006 | by frigolaSee all my reviews

Dude, to see a "review" wrote by oneself in a 5 years lapse, can be surely annoying. (My English was really worse, with all those mistakes and internet slang, I did that back then even in my mother language).

I'll try correct it, even if my English is not the very best yet

Since I discovered "The Never-Ending Story" book, I have been a fan, and I consider it magical and full of depth and so on.

About the adaptations it had to the big screen. I can't say anything which hadn't been said. I mean:

1 Movie. Just check Ende's opinion. Despite all that being true, plus the clichés and changes (that "works for cinema"), and the technical issues. I'm kind with this one because it still have philosophical dialog, even for a "children's movie", (Morla, Gmork, the beginning after the en)and it made so much people dream! That it worth it.

2 Movie.What with those crabs, robots and that bird? This one is so weird. But the Xayide's demise here. Uhm! nice! (but cheesy)

3 Movie. Nice try at a twist to the franchise (by different plot). But it seems like they're trying to milk nostalgia and to make it childish (but they don't come to realize that neither children nor nostalgics are dumbs).The animation show it only a little better but still takes from this last movie and its just typical.

The Never-Ending Story (the book) never was for children (not only), not just plain easy fantasy. It's a fable and it's about existence and personal growth, so not only for them and yet they can understand it and they enjoy it.

It drives me to my point in reviewing this very adaptation.

It's just for children, plain and clear for the children but I think it can be enjoyed. It's beautiful, and to be a 2000's series it's like kind of an old school children show (I like that).

OK, It rips-off and it rips-off badly. I can tolerate the whole re-imaging (Fantasia is all about that, re-imaging).

Maybe if it had happened, like, several years after the old adventure and this Bastian weren't Bastian but a new child, and this Atreyu were our old pal Bastian. And had some more depth. It would have worked better.

Some other reviewer told that Gmork being a shape-shifter and a substitute teacher was awful(as far as I remember he's a werewolf and dimension leaper even in the book) so no problem with taking some other form as far as it fit. That was not the problem.

It was a great idea just went wrong, due to seemingly pointless matters that weren't so pointless-

You really have to love the source material to make something about it (like those "Legends of Fantasia" books), even if it's re-imagining (which is not "Oh! I want to do a new thing, even revolutionary in a field but I run out of ideas and/or need a bust so i'll use something already known". As I'm afraid it may be)

I'm still glad with the effort and it's better than some other "adaptations". It's watchable ----

  • I said it's never going to be a film remake closer to the book, because first movie purist would go nuts. I know now it's going to be a reboot and they say it's going to be closer to the book. To be fair I'm not going to put all my hope or I will be disappointed with whatever it comes. So I look forward to it kindly


Frigola.

Ahhhh it feels nice to purge my old post.


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