Posts Tagged ‘Bastian’


Most children that grew up in the ‘80s were enamoured with the tale of a boy and his horse, a flying dog and various other fantastical characters that existed in a magical book called The Neverending Story.

Bastian is a 10-year-old boy that lives a lacklustre existence tormented by school bullies. One day when on the run, he escapes into a book shop in which the old proprietor reveals an old storybook to him, but warns it could be dangerous. Nonetheless, Bastian “borrows” the book and spends the next several hours during a storm holed up in the school attic reading. The book draws him into the mythical world of Fantasia, which is in desperate need of a hero to save it from total destruction by the “Nothing.”

The Fantasia universe is rich with unique characters, epic plights and heroic feats. The tale is so engaging, it is easy to become lost in the fabled world with Bastian. As he identifies with Atreyu, following each step of his journey to save Fantasia, the audience is equally drawn in, becoming invested in the fate of the beautiful land and its inhabitants. Other beloved characters include Falkor, Rockbiter, Teeny Weeny, and the Childlike Empress.

For a film produced in 1984, the quality of the mythological characters, which were created without modern technologies or CGI, is astounding. If the creatures did not appear convincing, it would have been impossible to become absorbed into the make-believe world. Instead, we are taken on a larger-than-life adventure that became a favoured classic.

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