The NeverEnding Story (1984) Script

( MAGICAL MUSIC )

SONG: ##Turn around

##Look at what you see

##In her face

##The mirror of your dream

##Make believe I'm everywhere

##Hidden in the lines

##Written on the pages

##Is the answer to a neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Reach the stars

##Fly a fantasy

##Dream a dream

##And what you see will be

##Rhymes that keep their secrets

##Will unfold behind the clouds

##There upon the rainbow

##Is the answer to a neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh...

(Gasps )

##Neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh.

( DOG BARKS IN DISTANCE )

( CLOCK TICKS )

Morning, Bastian. Morning, Dad.

Oh!

I had another dream, Dad.

About Mom.

I understand, son.

But we have to get on with things, right?

( BLENDER WHIRRS )

Bastian, we each have responsibilities.

We can't let Mom's death...

..be an excuse for not getting the old job done, right?

Yeah.

(Sighs )

Son, I think it's time you and I had a little talk.

(Sighs )

I got a call from your math teacher yesterday.

She says that you were drawing horses in your math book.

Unicorns. They were unicorns.

What?

Nothing.

She also says you haven't been turning in your homework on time.

And I'm very disappointed you didn't try out for the swimming team.

As to those riding lessons you wanted, you say you love horses and yet you seem to be afraid to get on a real one.

Now, Bastian, you're old enough to get your head down out of the clouds and start keeping both feet on the ground, right?

OK.

Stop daydreaming... start facing your problems.

OK?

OK. OK.

There, I think we've had a nice talk.

We should have more.

You have a good day, son. Don't be late for school again.

But yesterday I wasn't. ( DOOR CLOSES )

( HUBBUB )

BOY: Hey, it's the weirdo.

Hey, weirdo, got any cash for us today?

(Laughs )

Let's get him! Yeah!

Hey!

( HORN HONKS ) You're dead, weirdo!

You can't get away, you jerk!

You're dead, chicken! We're gonna get you!

Where's your money, man? I don't have any!

No money? Mama's boy's holding out on us.

If you ain't got no money on ya, you can go in the garbage can.

No!

( GARBAGE CLATTERS ) (Boys laugh)

Yeah, alright! Way to go!

Maybe the chicken can lay an egg in there.

(Whimpers )

Hey, who said you could get out of the garbage?

Get back in there! No, not again.

No, not again! Where do you think you're going?!

He went that way! Which way?

That way!

( SOMBRE MUSIC )

MAN: Get outta here! I don't like kids.


Are you still here? Didn't you hear me?

Um...I was... You're hiding, aren't you?

No, I was just... The video arcade is down the street.

Here we just sell small rectangular objects. They're called books.

They require a little effort on your part and make no b-b-b-b-beeps.

On your way, please. I know books.

I have 186 of them at home.

Ah...comic books.

No, I've read `Treasure Island', `The Last of the Mohicans', `Wizard of Oz', `Lord of the Rings', `20,000 Leagues Under the Sea', `Tarzan'...

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Come.

Who were you running away from?

Um...just some kids from school.

Why?

They wanna throw me in the garbage.

Why don't you give 'em a good punch in the nose? Hmm?

Well...I don't know.

( OMINOUS MUSIC )

What's that book about?

Oh, this is something special.

Well, what is it?

Look, your books are safe.

By reading them you get to become Tarzan or Robinson Crusoe.

But that's what I like about them.

Ah, but afterwards you get to be a little boy again.

What...what do you mean?

Listen...

..have you ever been Captain Nemo, trapped inside your submarine while the giant squid is attacking you?

Yes.

Weren't you afraid you couldn’t escape?

But it's only a story.

That's what I'm talking about.

The ones you read are safe.

And that one isn't?

Don't worry about it.

But...but you just said it was... ( PHONE RINGS )

Forget about it.

This book is not for you.

Koreander's.

Oh, yes. What can I do for you?

No, I don't have it. But I can find it for you.

( MYSTERIOUS MUSIC ) Well...their run may be 300, 37 5.

Might take me a couple of weeks.

Goodbye.

( FOOTSTEPS RUN AWAY )

( BELL RINGS )

( MYSTERIOUS MUSIC )

(Breathes heavily )


BASTIAN: Math test. Oh, no.


( MYSTERIOUS MUSIC )

(Reads ) ``It was midnight in the Howling Forest.

``The wind whistled through the tops of the ancient trees.

``Suddenly, something enormous

``crashed and rumbled through the eerie woods.''

( LOUD RUMBLING )

(Groans )

(Snores )

( RUMBLING CONTINUES )

What's that?

(Mutters indistinctly ) (Whimpers )

Ah!

(All exclaim)

(Snores )

(Exclaims )

( FOREBODING MUSIC )

Excuse me. Would it be alright if I joined you this evening?

You see, I've been traveling all day.

(Groans )

( RUMBLING NOISE )

Arggh!

(Sneezes )

Mmm. (Sniffs ) Mmm. (Sniffs )

Aha! (Laughs )

Now I see why you picked this camp. Now...

Oh...oh...

Oh. Oh, no! Oh...

A delicious-looking limestone rock.

Mmm. (Sniffs ) Mmm. (Sniffs ) Mmm.

Nice bouquet.

Must be a real vintage year.

(Laughs )

Yes, you are right.

Those delicious rocks are the reason we camped here, alright.

Is he...zzt...a nut case?

No, he's a rock biter. A rock bi... A rock biter?!

Hey!

Now... (Shrieks )

(Groans ) ROCK BITER: Oops. Sorry.

Poor baby.

(Burps )

Pardon me. Mmm...that was Limestone with a dash of quartz. (Laughs )

Very tasty.

(Stammers ) Where I come from in the north we used to have exquisite gourmet rocks.

( FOREBODING MUSIC )

Only now...now...

..they're all gone.

I know how it happened.

Ooh! I...I swear it wasn't me.

Ha! No.

I think I know what it was. Tell us more.

Near my home, there used to be a beautiful lake.

But then...then it...it was gone.

Did the Lake dry up?

No, it just wasn't there anymore.

Nothing was there anymore.

Not even a dried-up Lake.

A hole? A hole would be something.

No, it was nothing.

And it got bigger and bigger.

(Whimpers )

First, there was no Lake anymore, and then finally...no rocks.

(Exclaims )

If he keeps stuffing his face like that soon there won't be any rocks here either.

Night Hob, this could be serious!

Rock Biter, what you have told us is also happening where I live in the west.

A strange sort of nothing is destroying everything.

Yes. We night hobs Live in the south, and it's there too.

So...it's...it's...not just in our part of Fantasia?

Maybe... (Gasps ) ..it's already everywhere.

(Whimpers )

Maybe our whole land is in danger. Uh-huh.

What can we do?

My people are sending me to the Ivory Tower, to the Empress for help.

BOTH: We are on the same... Shh.

We are on the same mission.

After all, if the Empress can't save us, who could?

Then why are we all just sitting around here instead of taking off for the Ivory Tower?

Right! What are we waiting for?

Yes! Yes! Let's go now.

Hey, wake up.

Come on, old girl.

We can't just hang around here.

Wake up. Ready for take-off.

Oh, stupid bat!

We can't wait for a snail. Can I carry you?

Don't worry, it's a racing snail.

Oh. (Stammers ) But we can't even wait for a racing snail.

Tally-ho!

Hey...it really is a racing snail.

And nobody gives a hoot about me and my stupid bat.

Maybe I'll take a few of these yummy gourmet rocks for the road.

( RUMBLING NOISE )

Oh, no.

The Nothing.


( MYSTERIOUS MUSIC )

Look!

There it is.

The heart of Fantasia.

(Snail sneezes )

(Murmurs )

I NEVER knew it was that beautiful.

( MAJESTIC MUSIC )

Ohhh.

(Snores ) Stay awake!

I told you to stay awake.


The home of the Empress.

She's our only hope.

( POIGNANT MUSIC )


Friends, I know why you are all here.

The Nothing...

..is destroying our world.

(All murmur)

I also know that you have come to beseech...the Empress for help.

(All murmur)

But I...I have terrible news.

The Empress herself has become deathly ill.

Ooh.

There seems to be a mysterious link between her illness and the Nothing.

She's dying. (All murmur)

So she cannot save...us.

(All exclaim)

But there just might be one chance.

The plainspeople who hunt the purple buffalo have among them a great warrior, and he alone has a chance to fight the Nothing and save us.

He is our only hope.

His name...is Atreyu.

( MYSTERIOUS MUSIC )

Atreyu.

( EERIE MUSIC )

(Sighs )

(Reads ) ``The Empress had already sent for the great warrior.

``When he finally appeared on the terrace of the Ivory Tower, ``he carried with him the hopes of all Fantasia.''

( LOW-LEVEL CONVERSATION )

A Little boy.

I'm sorry, but this is not the time nor place for children.

I must ask you to leave.

If you don't want me here, you shouldn’t have sent for me.

( CROWD CHATTERS EX CITEDLY )

(Whispers ) Is he a nut case? It was not you we sent for.

We wanted Atreyu. I AM Atreyu.

(Laughs )

Not Atreyu the child - Atreyu the warrior!

I'm the only Atreyu of the plainspeople.

But I'll be happy to go back hunting the purple buffalo.

No. Wait!

Come back, please.

( TENSE MUSIC )

If you really are the Atreyu we sent for, you would be willing to go on a quest.

Yes. Of course.

What kind of a quest?

To find a cure for the Empress.

And to save our world.

(All chatter)

No-one can give you any advice except this.

You must go alone, you must Leave all your weapons behind.

It will be very dangerous.

Is there any chance of success?

I do not know.

But if you fail, the Empress will surely die.

And our whole world will be utterly destroyed.

(All sigh)

When do I begin? (All gasp excitedly )

Now.

And you must hurry, Atreyu.

The Nothing grows stronger every day.

( POIGNANT MUSIC )

Take this.

(All gasp )

The AURYN.

He who wears the AURYN speaks for the Empress.

It will guide and protect you.

( UPBEAT MUSIC )

Wake up! Farewell, Atreyu!

Take care.

(Neighs )

( THUNDER RUMBLES )

(Bastian reads ) ``At the same time, elsewhere in Fantasia, ``a creature of darkness also began his quest.''

( LOW GROWLING )

( DRAMATIC MUSIC )

(Snarls )


( BIRDS TWITTER )

``They had been traveling aimlessly for almost a week, ``but they could not find a cure for the Empress.

``Neither Atreyu, nor his horse, Artax, ``had the vaguest suspicion that the creature of darkness, the Gmork, ``was already tracking them down.''

(Snorts )

(Whinnies )

What? What is it, Artax?

Is it time to... (Whinnies )

..go, already?

(Chuckles )

I know what you want. It's time to eat. Hmm?

(Neighs ) Good idea.

No. It's a GREAT idea!

( BIRDS TWITTER )

No. Not too much.

We still have a LONG way to go.

( UPBEAT MUSIC )


(Snarls )

( TENSE MUSIC )

( SINISTER MUSIC )

``Atreyu and Artax had searched the Silver Mountains, ``the Desert of Shattered Hopes, and the Crystal Towers

``without success.

``And so, there was only one chance left.

``To find Morla, the Ancient One, ``the wisest being in Fantasia, ``whose home was the Shell Mountain, ``somewhere in the deadly Swamps of Sadness.''

(Snorts )

(Whispers ) Come on, boy. Come on.

(Snorts )

(Grunts with effort)

That's the boy. That's the boy.

It's OK.

(Bastian reads ) ``Everyone knew that whoever let the Sadness overtake him

``would sink into the swamp.''

You're doing fine, Artax.

That's right.

( TENSE MUSIC )

Come on, Artax.

What's the matter?

What's wrong?

Come on, boy!

What's the matter?

(Chuckles ) I understand.

It's too difficult for you.

Artax! You're sinking!

Come on! Turn around!

You have to! NOW!

COME ON! ARTAX!

Fight against the Sadness, Artax!

Artax, please.

You're letting the sadness of the swamps get to you.

You have to try.

You have to care.

For me.

You're my friend.

I love you.

ARTAX! STUPID HORSE!

You've gotta move, or you'll die!

Move, please!

I won't give up! Come, quick!

ARTAX! Pls.....

( MELANCHOLY MUSIC )

(Sniffles )

(Sobs quietly )


The Shell Mountain.

(Whispers ) Morla. The Ancient One.

( SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC )

( DISTANT RUMBLING )

( INSECTS CHIRP )

( DISTANT RUMBLING )

Morla!

Morla!

( MUFFLED ROARING )

(Gasps )

(Shrieks )

(Grunts with effort)

Mmm.

Arggh!

( SCREAM ECHOES )

(Exhales deeply )

Huh? Huh?

But that's impossible!

They couldn’t have heard me.

Are you Morla?

The Ancient One?

(Yawns )

(Slowly ) Not that it matters, but yes.

Please help me, Morla!

Do you recognize this?

Well...

..we haven't seen the AURYN in a long time.

We?

Is there someone else here too?

We haven't spoken to anyone else for thousands of years.

So, we started talking to ourselves.

(Inhales deeply )

(Inhales deeply )

AH-CHOO!

Morla, I bring terrible news!

Did you know that the Empress is very ill?

Not that it matters, but yes.

Actually, we don't care.

If I don't save her, she'll die!

There's a terrible Nothing sweeping over the Land!

Don't you care about that?

We don't even care whether or not we care.

(Inhales deeply )

(Inhales deeply )

Do you have a cold?

No.

We're allergic to you.

(Groans )

(Inhales deeply )

AH-CHOO!

You know how I can help the Empress, don't you?

Not that it matters, but yes.

If you don't tell me, and the Nothing keeps coming, you'll die too!

BOTH of you!

Die?

That, at least, would be something.

(Inhales deeply )

(Inhales deeply )

(Moans )

Please help me.

You said you knew the... AH-CHOO!

We're tired of sneezing. Go away.

Nothing matters. That's not true!

If it didn't really matter, you could tell me.

(Laughs )

Clever boy.

TELL ME, PLEASE!

We don't know.

But you can ask the Southern Oracle.

How can I get there?

You can't.

It's 10,000 miles away.

(Sobs ) But that's so far.

That's right.

Forget it.

Goodbye. (Yawns )

( BELL RINGS )

( LOW-LEVEL CONVERSATION )

(Sighs )

( CLOCK CHIMES FAINTLY )

( DOOR CLOSES )

( THUNDER RUMBLES )


(Sighs )

No.

Atreyu wouldn’t quit now.

( THUNDER CRASHES )

(Screams )

( MELANCHOLY MUSIC )


(Pants )

(Pants )

( WONDROUS MUSIC )

(Pants )

(Snarls )

(Exhales deeply )

Oh, boy.

(Reads ) ``After days and nights of unconsciousness, ``Atreyu slowly opened his eyes, ``and found himself in strange surroundings.

``He was clean, and his wounds were dressed.''

( WONDROUS MUSIC )

Huh?

(Breathes deeply )


(Grunts with effort)

Phew!

Leaving so soon?

Hmm?

(Stammers ) I was just going to...

(Stammers ) I...have to...

I was trying to s... Sneak away?

(Embarrassed) Yeah. (Laughs gently )

I mean, no. No! I LIKE children.

For breakfast? (Laughs heartily )

Never.

I'm a luckdragon.

My name is Falkor.

And my name is... Atreyu.

And you're on a quest.

How'd you know that?

You were unconscious.

And you talked in your sleep.

What? (Stretches )

Could you...get round... and scratch behind my right ear?

I can never quite reach it.

Here? Ah.

Yeah.

(Groans )

(Chuckles )

That's SO good.

Thank you.

So, Little fella, you're on your way to the Southern Oracle?

Yes. But it's hopeless!

It's too far away!

Oh, I wouldn’t necessarily say that.

You...you know how to get there?

Why, sure.

It's right around the corner.

How did all this happen?!

(Chuckles ) With luck.

You've already brought me the entire 10,000 miles?

No. Only 9,891 .

As the dragon flies.

You're amazing! (Laughs )

Having a Luckdragon with you is the only way to go on a quest.

Things will work out fine, Atreyu.

Never give up, and good Luck will find you.

It's good to have a friend again.

Mmm.

You have more than one.

Look.

( GENTLE MUSIC )

(Chuckles )

( GENTLE MUSIC )

(Woman sings )

( POTION BUBBLES )

(Woman sings )

Get out of my light, wench!

You're disturbing my scientific work!

You and your scientific work!

What the boy needs now is one of my potions!

The boy will need my scientific advice much more.

Yes, yes.

But not until he's well.

Get back to your own room. I'm going this way.

I'm always finding you in MY place. (Clears throat)

Ah! He's well.

(Giggles ) Now it's MY turn with him.

Oh, no, you don't! I decide when he's well.

It's your turn when I say it's your turn.

Well, Little man. Still in pain?

Mmm...a Little. But it's alright.

(Haughtily ) I like that!

The patient telling the doctor it's alright?

It has to hurt if it's to heal!

Here. Drink that.

Good, mmm?

That's my batwing broth.

There's eye of newt in there.

Tree mould, old lizard brains, scales from a rancid sea serpent!

Just where did you and your dragon come from?

What are you onto?

Anything of interest to the scientific community?

My name's Atreyu. I came here to find the Southern Oracle.

Oooh... Here we go again!

You've come to the right place, my boy.

I am somewhat of an expert on the Southern Oracle.

It is my scientific specialty.

It's my scientific specialty! (Chuckles )

(Angrily ) Why don't you sit down and be quiet for once?

YOU keep quiet, wench! Oooh!

It's now MY turn.

My name is Engywook. She's Urgl.

Ever heard of me? I don't think so.

Oh. You don't move in scientific circles.

I am the expert on the Southern Oracle!

Oooh...you've come to the right place, my boy!

There's no fool like an old fool.

Wait! Stay here.

The observatory!

To the winch, wench!

Come on, lazybones!

Can't you go any faster?!

(Grunts with effort)

I've been studying the mysteries of the Southern Oracle for years.

Someday, I'll publish my book.

`A Century of Studying the Southern Oracle' by Professor Engywook.

Volume 1 , `The Early Years'.

Have you ever been to the Southern Oracle?

Eh...what do YOU think?

I work scientifically!

(Mutters )

( WINCH CREAKS )

(Grunts with effort)

(Mutters excitedly )

( TENSE MUSIC )

Look!

Is that the Southern Oracle?

Oh, no!

It's the first of the two gates you must pass through before you reach the Southern Oracle and get me the final information for my book!

Of course, most people...

..never get that far.

Why?

The sphinxes' eyes stay closed until someone who does not feel his own worth tries to pass by.

(Yelps )

Here comes one that LOOKS fancy.

( FOREBODING MUSIC )

Let's see what he REALLY thinks of himself.

Look. Look!

(Neighs ) ENG YWOOK: Hee! Hee!

Go on, scaredy-cat! (Laughs )

Oh, go ON!

Oh, it's my turn. Let me see.

I'M the scientist!

He's going on.

I think he's gonna make it!

The sphinxes' eyes - are they open or shut?

(Stammers ) Let me see!

They're shut.

No, wait! The eyes are opening!

( MUSIC INTENSIFIES )

Oh, no! (Moans )

(Neighs )

Did he make it? Did he?

(Whispers ) No.

Fancy armour doesn't help.

The sphinxes can see straight into your heart.

Listen, boy!

Next time, Let ME see what happens! It's MY telescope!

I'm gonna try it. No!

Don't go yet!

I've not told you about the next gate!

It's even WORSE than this one!

Atreyu!

Atreyu!

(Moans )

( FOREBODING MUSIC )

(Moans )


Oh...he'll never make it!

He'll never make it!


( MUSIC INTENSIFIES )

( WIND HOWLS )


Oh, no!

Don't start to doubt yourself! Be confident!

Be confident! Be confident!

(Moans )

RUN, ATREYU! RUN!

RUN, ATREYU!

RUN! NOW!

( WONDROUS MUSIC )

He made it! He made it!

He made it!

(Splutters )

(Laughs ) He made it!

He made it!

Arggh!

You could do with a dose of juicy vitamins too!

He made it!

Atreyu! He made it through the Sphinx Gate!

I always said he could do it. Oh, good!

But that's no reason for you to fall out of the basket again.

Oh. (Scoffs ) I knew he would be safe.

Nonsense!

You don't understand anything!

The worst one is coming up.

Next is the Magic Mirror Gate.

Atreyu has to face his true self!

So what?

That won't be too hard for him. (Exasperatedly ) Oh!

That's what EVERYONE thinks.

But kind people find that they are cruel.

Brave men discover that they are really cowards!

Confronted with their true selves, most men run away screaming!

( WIND HOWLS )


( MYSTERIOUS MUSIC )


This is going too far.


What if they...

..really DO know about me in Fantasia?


( TENSE MUSIC )


The Southern Oracle?

( EERIE MUSIC )

WOMEN: Do not be afraid.

We will not harm you.

We have been waiting for you a long time, Atreyu.

Are you the Southern Oracle?

Yes. We are.

Then you must know what can save Fantasia!

Yes. We do.

Well, what is it?

I have to know!

The Empress needs a new name.

A new name?

That's all?

But that's easy!

I can give her any name she wants!

No-one from Fantasia can do it.

Only a human child can give her this new name.

( STONE THUDS )

A human child? Where can I find one?

You can only find one beyond the boundaries of Fantasia.

If you want to save our world, you must hurry!

We don't know how much longer we can withstand the Nothing.

FALKOR!

FALKOR!

( WONDROUS MUSIC )

Hurry, Falkor! The Nothing's everywhere!

Don't worry.

We'll reach the boundaries of Fantasia.

Do you know where they are? I have NO idea. (Chuckles )

Then how do we find a human child?

With luck! (Laughs )

Faster, Falkor. Faster! We have to hurry!

Alright! Hang on tight!

(Bellows )

( UPBEAT MUSIC )

Whoa!


Wahoo!

Wow! Whoa!

Yes!


What a shame they don't ask me.

My mother, she had such a wonderful name.

(Reads ) ``On and on they flew, ``until they reached the Sea of Possibilities, ``where they could go no further.''

( THUNDER RUMBLES )

FALKOR: Look, Atreyu. The Nothing!

(Screams )

Hang on! (Screams )

( WIND HOWLS )

(Yelps )

Falkor!

Atreyu! Atreyu! (Screams )


(Sighs )

Atreyu!

( WAVES ROAR )

FALKOR!

FALKOR! WHERE ARE YOU?!

Falkor!

( TENSE MUSIC )

( THUNDER RUMBLES )

Atreyu! Where are you?!

Atreyu!

Falkor!

(Sobs ) Falkor.

Atreyu!

( ROCK RUMBLES )

(Groans )

(Groans )

(Moans )

They look like big, good, strong hands, don't they?

I always thought that's what they were.

(Sighs ) My Little friends.

The Little man with his racing snail.

The Night Hob.

Even the stupid bat.

I couldn’t hold on to them.

The Nothing pulled them right out of my hands.

I failed.

No, you didn't fail.

I'm the one who failed.

I was the one chosen to stop the Nothing.

But I lost the AURYN.

I can't find my luckdragon.

So I won't be able to get beyond the boundaries of Fantasia!

( EXPLOSION )

Listen.

The Nothing will be here any minute.

I will just sit here and Let it take me away too.

They look like good, strong hands, don't they?

Mm-hm.

(Sniffles )

( TENSE MUSIC )


Morla?

Artax!

Artax!

( ROCKS FALL )

( LOW SNARLING )

( SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC )

(Snarls )

If you come any closer...

..I will rip you to shreds.

(Growls )

Who are you?

I am Gmork.

And you, whoever you are, can have the honour of being my last victim.

(Sniffs )

I will not die easily.

I am a warrior.

Ha!

Brave warrior. Then fight the Nothing.

But I can't!

I can't get beyond the boundaries of Fantasia.

(Laughs )

What's so funny about that?

Fantasia has no boundaries.

(Laughs )

That's not true!

You're lying! Foolish boy.

Don't you know anything about Fantasia?

It's the world of human fantasy!

Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind.

Therefore, it has no boundaries.

( LOUD RUMBLING )

But why is Fantasia dying, then?

Because people have begun to lose their hopes, and forget their dreams.

So the Nothing grows stronger.

What IS the Nothing?

It's the emptiness that's Left.

It is like a despair destroying this world, and I have been trying to help it.

But why?!

Because people who have no hopes are easy to control.

And whoever has the control has the power.

( THUNDER RUMBLES )

Who are you really?

I am the servant...

..of the power behind the Nothing.

I was sent to kill the only one who could have stopped the Nothing.

I lost him in the Swamps of Sadness.

His name...was Atreyu.

( VIOLENT RUMBLING )


(Shouts ) If we're about to die anyway, I'd rather die fighting!

Come for me, Gmork!

I am Atreyu!

( VIOLENT RUMBLING )

(Snarls )

(Grunts with effort)

( WONDROUS MUSIC )


Falkor!

Falkor!

Atreyu!

Got you!

(Gasps )

( SINISTER MUSIC )

(Bastian reads ) ``That was the end of Fantasia.

``Only a few fragments of this once rich and beautiful world

``had been Left by the Nothing.''

ATREYU: Good old Falkor.

Can you see anything?

Anything at all?

No.

All the Land is gone.

I know.

And all because I failed.

You tried.

Do you suppose the Ivory Tower is still standing?

Let's hope so, Atreyu.

Let's hope so.

Let the AURYN guide you.

If the Ivory Tower still stands, take us there.

( WIND WHISTLES )

( MYSTERIOUS MUSIC )

Falkor!

The Ivory Tower!

( TRIUMPHANT MUSIC )


(Whispers ) The Empress.

( POIGNANT MUSIC )

Go on.


Atreyu.

Why do you look so sad?

I failed you, Empress.

No, you haven't.

You brought him with you.

Who?

The earthling child.

The one who can save us all.

You knew about the earthling child?

Of course. I knew everything.

My horse died. I nearly drown.

I just barely got away from the Nothing!

For what? To find out what you already knew?!

It was the only way to get in touch with an earthling.

But I DIDN'T get in touch with an earthling!

Yes, you did.

He has suffered with you.

He went through everything you went through.

And now he has come here with you.

He is very close, listening to every word we say.

WHAT?!

( LOUD RUMBLING )

( DISTANT EXPLOSIONS )

Where is he?

If he's so close, why doesn't he arrive?

He doesn't realise he's already a part of the Neverending Story.

The Neverending Story? What's that?

Just as he is sharing all your adventures, others are sharing his.

They were with him when he hid from the boys in the bookstore.

But that's impossible!

They were with him when he took the book with the AURYN symbol on the cover, in which he's reading his own story right now.

( THUNDER RUMBLES )

I can't believe it!

They can't be talking about me.

What will happen if he doesn't appear?

Then our world will disappear.

And so will I.

How can he let that happen?!

He doesn't understand that he's the one who has the power to stop it.

He simply can't imagine that one Little boy could be that important.

( WIND HOWLS )

Is it really me?

Maybe he doesn't know what to do! What do I have to do?

He has to give me a new name.

He's already chosen it.

He just has to call it out.

But it's only a story. It's not real!

It's only a story!

Atreyu, no! Atreyu!

( EXPLOSION )

( THUNDER RUMBLES )

( TENSE MUSIC )


Bastian.

Why don't you do what you dream, Bastian?

But I can't! I have to keep my feet on the ground!

Call my name!

Bastian! Please!

Save us! Alright!

I'll do it! I'll save you!

I will do what I dream!

( DRAMATIC MUSIC )

Moon Child!

( SILENCE )

(Bastian whispers ) Why is it so dark?

EMPRESS: In the beginning, it is always dark.

What is that?

One grain of sand.

That is all that remains of my vast empire.

( SOMBRE MUSIC )

Fantasia has totally disappeared?

Yes.

Then...everything's been in vain.

No, it hasn't.

Fantasia can arise in you.

In YOUR dreams and wishes, Bastian.

How?

Open your hand.

What are you going to wish for?

I don't know.

Then there will be no Fantasia anymore.

How many wishes do I get?

As many as you want.

And the more wishes you make, the more magnificent Fantasia will become.

Really?

Try it.

Then my first wish is...

( UPBEAT MUSIC )

Yeah!

Falkor, it's even more beautiful than I thought!

Like it? Falkor, it's wonderful!

Falkor, it's Like the Nothing never was!

(Sighs )

Atreyu! Artax!

(Neighs )

(Laughs )

What would you Like to wish for next?

(Whispers )

(Laughs )

( CAR HORNS BLARE )

( UPBEAT MUSIC )

(Roars )

Yeah!

Yeah!

Look, there they are!

It's a monster!

Get 'em, Falkor! Let's see how you Like it, chickens!

Down here! (Crowd screams )

(Falkor roars )

We're gonna get you guys!

(Laughs )

NARRATOR: Bastian made many other wishes, and had many other amazing adventures, before he finally returned to the ordinary world.

But that's another story.

SONG: ##Turn around

##Look at what you see

##In her face

##The mirror of your dream

##Make believe I'm everywhere

##Hidden in the lines

##Written on the pages

##Is the answer to

##A neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Reach the stars

##Fly a fantasy

##Dream a dream

##And what you see will be

##Rhymes that keep their secrets

##Will unfold behind the clouds

##And there upon the rainbow

##Is the answer to

##A neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Neverending story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Story

##Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Whoa Ahh, ahh, ahh

##Show no fear

##For she may fade away

##In your hands

##The birth of a new day

##Rhymes that keep their secrets

##Will unfold behind the clouds

##And there upon the rainbow

##Is the answer to