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‘The NeverEnding Story’ Then and Now

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Who can forget The NeverEnding Story? If you were a child of the ’80s or ’90s, chances are you rented one of the films from this trilogy from Blockbuster at least once, if not dozens of times.

As a kid, The NeverEnding Story movies were paramount in my canon of fantasy and adventure films, filled with imaginative and diverse characters, stunning and extraordinary places, and threatening (although often invisible) antagonists. Of course, each sequel got a little worse, but as a kid, I was more than willing to put up with it. As an adult, I admit I went back and watched the films only to be shocked, frankly, at the pacing, casting, plot development, and special effects— and not in a good way. (Don’t even get me started on the anticlimactic “Moon Child” reveal.) 10-year-old me found the book even to be too dense and complicated for the story I had so loved as a little kid.

Regardless, The NeverEnding Story is still one of my favorite staples in fiction, and I was secretly thrilled earlier this year to see Spotify’s “Never Ending ’80s” promotion featuring Noah Hathaway (the original Atreyu) riding Falkor to the sweet tunes of Limahl’s theme song. (Spotify reported that people still stream the song every day. Spotify did not report that the person streaming the song on repeat is me.)

So naturally I was left wondering: After three films and 32 years, where are they now?

neverending story movie poster

Source: Warner Bros.

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