Although toned down in the movie, in the book, Jim refuses to learn how to read and write. This mirrors Michael Ende's own personal experience. The Nazis were trying to teach the author, born in 1929, these things, but he was horrified by the messages they wanted to convey. He did not subscribe to the ideology of racial purity and racial superiority. See more »
You'll become a great explorer.
I rather be an engine driver, just like you.
Engine drivers only follow the tracks that were found by explorers.
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The first closing credits are displayed in a book featuring technical drawings of EMMA and whole Lummerland as well as of other places from the story. See more »