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The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter [1989] (1 disc)

Director:George Miller [II]
Writer:Karin Howard
Composer:Robert Folk
Length:89 minutes
(1 hour 29 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:Juliet
IMDB Rating:4.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:0%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Bastian is brought to Fantasia to fight a force that has emprisoned the Childlike Empress.

Reaction: This one has fantastical images but lacks the truly imaginative charm of the original.

Personal Rating: 5/10

George Miller [II] => Director
Karin Howard => Writer
Robert Folk => Composer
Michael Ende => Novel
Alexandra Johnes => Childlike Empress
Christopher Burton => Tri Face (as Chris Burton)
Clarissa Burt => Xayide
Colin Gilder => Rockbiter Junior
Donald Arthur => Falkor (voice)
Helena Michell => Bastian's Mother
John Wesley Shipp => Bastian's Father - Barney
Jonathan Brandis => Bastian Bux
Kenny Morrison => Atreyu
Martin Umbach => Nimbly
Thomas Hill => Koreander

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Just as the original NeverEnding Story covered the first half of the actual book, this movie covered most of the second half. The book differs from the movie in many ways. For instance, in the book, Bastian's father never reads the NeverEnding Story, and Bastian "reads" the entire book in one sitting.
  • The animated short Box-Office Bunny was released theatrically with this movie. That short can also be found on the VHS release of this movie.
  • Several of the shots of Atreyu on horseback chasing Smurg are recycled from the previous movie, though Noah Hathaway, who preceded Kenny Morrison in the role, was uncredited.
  • Thomas Hill is the only actor to reprise his role, as Koreander the bookkeeper, from the original movie.