When I was in elementary school, I couldn’t go to a
birthday party without them renting this. There are
several very good reasons for that.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Barret Oliver as Bastian Bux

Noah Hathaway as Atreyu

Tami Stronach as the Childlike Empress

The screenplay was by Wolfgang Peterson, Herman Weigel, and Robert Easton, based on a novel by Michael Ende.

Directed by Wolfgang Peterson.

Complete information is available from the IMDB.

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A boy finds a remarkably involving book in a local bookstore.

High Point

The second alley scene.

Low Point

The limitations of the day’s animatronics were obvious in a few places. If they had the same creative freedom with a large budget budget and full access to today’s technology, it would be darn near perfect.

The Scores

This is a family movie that entertains the adults, delivers a non-preachy yet clearly positive message, and involves the viewer in a fun story. There sure aren’t too many of those around, and there were even fewer in 1984. I give the originality 5 out of 6, hampered only because it was an adaptation.

The effects were very good in most areas, but as I mentioned above, the limitations of the animatronics were clear. (Most of these limitations appear as issue with lip sync, the G’mork attack, manipulating props such as the amulet, and so forth.) Unfortunately, the moments where the limits were hit were obvious and somewhat common. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story has an excellent combination of fun and encouragement. They did a great job, with some nice attention to detail. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was great, particularly from so young a cast. They were very well chosen. One good child actor is hard to find, and this movie stars no less than three of them. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is very positive. It’s a fun and involving movie, even when I watch it at my age. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is pretty slow for many kids, but otherwise, it’s well done. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, anyone who has kids or remembers being a kid should check this out. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, The Neverending Story receives 34 out of 42.