One thing that I have to say about The NeverEnding Story, is that first seeing this movie when I was pretty young, it helped give me a sense of wonder and imagination, and as a kid it was one of the elements that helped to instill in me a belief that dreams really could come true!
Now of course like all kids I grew up and the myth and majesty of that movie, that held a young kid like myself of that time started to wash off! Since going back over all of these true classics I have to admit that I haven’t seen The NeverEnding Story since I was a kid, and I never saw the sequels to the movie either!
Because watching the first and second movie thus far, has reminded me a bit that anything can be possible, and that life is still a beautiful place… Sorry for getting sentimental for a second, but it is true! Now on to, The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter (1990):
Written by: Karin Howard (The Tigress) and Directed by: George Miller (Spooner). Starring: Jonathan Brandis (IT), Kenny Morrison (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze), Clarissa Burt (L’edra), Martin Umbach (Follow Me) John Wesley Shipp (The Flash) and Alexandra Johnes (Buffy The Vampire Slayer).
In this chapter in the continuing saga of, ‘The NeverEnding Story’… Fantasia is in trouble once again… This time the source is not just limited to the world of Fantasia, but is also in the real world as well!
Now in the real world, Bastian (Brandis), who helped Atreyu save Fantasia before, is having some problems at home and ends up going to a rare book store, where he finds a copy of the famous book! And just like before, Bastian decides to steal the book and take it home with him…
When he gets home, he and starts reading the book and is quickly pulled in to the story… (Literally this time!)
When he gets there he comes to discover that the Childlike Empress (Johnes) has been imprisoned in her tower, and she is being held against her will by the master (or mistress) of the castle shaped like a hand!
Now while trying to rally the inhabitants of the city to go off with him to rescue the Childlike Empress, Atreyu (Morrison) and Falkor (Voiced by: Donald Arthur), hear his call and decide to join him on his quest to save the Childlike Empress!
So now with the team assembled, they head off to save the Childlike Empress… Not realizing though that a Sorceress by the name of Xayide (Burt), who is trying to become the mastermind of the destruction of Fantasia and real world literature, as well as Bastian and the downfall of the Childlike Empress!
So it will be up to Bastian and Atreyu to save the day before Xayide can destroy not just Fantasia, but Bastian, and the literature that he loves so desperately!
Now I have to admit that what I like about this movie, and what I do think makes this an awesome B movie is a couple of things:
1. Jonathan Brandis was one of my favorite actors when I was a kid. As a matter of fact I thought that he did a great job in movies like Sidekicks (1992), It (1990), and even both SeaQuest TV shows, and was also saddend to discover when he passed away!
2. I thought that you guys might find this interesting, but The first movie covered the the first half of the original, ‘NeverEnding Story’ book, this movie covers the second half of the book!
With that said parents, if your looking for a fun piece of fiction for your kids to enjoy, or even if you are looking for a fun stroll down memory lane, check this one out…. I mean if you liked the first one then your sure to like the second one as well!