The NeverEnding Story

By special request from Emmy Kay, this week we’re reviewing the 1984 fantasy film The Neverending Story.

The Neverending Story DVD CoverThe Neverending Story is about a young boy named Sabastian who steals finds a fantasy book called the Neverending Story.   The book majorily breaks the fourth wall and starts to talk to him as if its real.   Which means that you are listening to a podcast about a movie about a kid who doesn’t know he’s in a movie  who reads a book about another kid who doesn’t know he’s in a book.

But whose listening to YOU dear listener?

DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN.

There’s no little intro skit this week, because Melanie is gone and not answering my emails. I think it’s safe to assume she’s joined a technophobic cult that believes in  becoming  one with  the land and venerating the radish.   I had heard her say many times “To eat radishes is to be close to god”.   Little did I know how far reaching her beliefs were.   She shall be missed.

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9 thoughts on “The NeverEnding Story

  1. I finally wanted to comment since I’ve been listening to your podcast for a while now.

    Thanks for reviewing this movie, I loved this as a child and have many fond memories of it. And I totally need to read the book too. I only read Momo by Michael Ende, but not this one.

    Which brings me to the requests you asked for. So, how about reviewing the Momo movie? Or if you don’t like that, maybe the Dark Crystal, that would fit in with this review and the one for Labyrinth.

  2. The Dark Crystal we can definitely do! We’re recording an episode about the original Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this week, but we’ll record a Dark Crystal right after that.

    I’ve actually never seen it. I was never allowed to watch it as a child because the “puppets looked evil”. lol No joke.

    I’d never heard of the Momo movie, but after doing some research it appears to not be available anywhere with English subtitles. Reviewing that probably isn’t possible, but I’ll keep a look out.

  3. Hi. It’s me again (whoever that is) sorry for almost never commenting, despite the fact that I always listen to your podcasts ‘^.^ Kudos for this one. It was extremely funny ^.^

    Since I can make requests (for later, since your calender appears to be full) what about some of the Studio Ghibli films? (Spirited Away, Cat Returns, etc) or a Discworld book, like the Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. I know I find them really interesting. And while I’m at it, I just have to point out a book series that is just dying for more readers.

    It’s called The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle. They happen in the Victorian era in London, and they are about, well obviously, Horatio Lyle, a scientist and occasional sleuth. And it’s got evil angel/demon people in it who are allergic to iron and magnetism and bleed white blood. You’ve got to admit that sounds interesting?

    Oh, and about the eggs? My best friend eats them like that at least once a week, with SUGAR, and she likes it. Yuck.

    • The book you mentioned sounds interesting, but it doesn’t appear to have an version on audible.com. The only time I have to “read” books is by listening to them at work so that’s a no go…

      I’m not so sure about Studio Ghibli films. I feel like Ghibli has been phoning it in since Spirited Away. The ones before that are a little intimidating… There’s lots of deep things going on in Princess Monokoke…

      I would like to maybe do a comparison of Howl’s Moving Castle the book and Howl’s Moving Castle the movie. The book is immensely better.

      I’m a big fan of Discworld (I haven’t read them all but I’ve read a lot) but I don’t think Melanie has read any of them…

  4. It’s not worshiping radishes. I went off to join the Keron army. Our plan for world conquest has been impeded much lately though… stupid teenage girls.

    and… sugar and raw eggs? Double eww.

  5. BTW, I just watched the scene where Bastian names the Childlike Empress in German and in English, because I could clearly remember understanding him fine in the German version. And I can still hear him say ‘Moonchild’ in the English version, even though he kind of says it like Moon-Chil-Ild for some reason.

    • What he yells still sounds like gibberish to me. But your right, I had forgotten that in the book he says Moon Child. For some reason, I thought he was naming her after his mother in the film. Unless his mother really was called Moon Child… in which case I assume she died in some kind of accident involving a yellow van painted with bright colored flowers.

  6. Thanks for posting this. I loved the movie – but I was unaware of the message of the second movie/half of the book. Sigh – you’re right – it does totally change the message. Still, I’m happy with it ending on an up note for everybody.

    Thanks to Tora_chan for clearing up the name – all I heard was “AAAAAA.” I remember being totally freaked out by the wolf-thing in the cave. But I loved Falcor the luckdragon, I thought the voice was awesome, even if I initially thought they should have stuck with a more reptilian design. It put me off he was *furry*.

    Anyway, keep up the excellent work.

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