History Film / TheNeverendingStory

27th Apr '16 7:39:04 PM Ingonyama
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* {{Symbolism}}: While there's plenty of it in a story this archetypal, the ultimate example would have to be the combination of what the Empress needs to be cured, why her illness is tied to the Nothing, and why the book is needed to draw in an Earthling child to provide the cure: in a world that is both the source and product of human imagination, of course [[IKnowYourTrueName names have power]]. At the same time, the fact such a place is a world of fantasy readily explains why no one within it has the power over creation/existence/true nature that comes with truly naming things. (This is expanded on more in the book, of course.) And of course a person without a true name would become an EmptyShell, thus making something like the Nothing possible...and the fact it is also said to be caused by the human world losing imagination/ceasing to believe in magic still ties in, since in such a state of affairs one of the first things to go would be the essence/inner nature of the one who rules the world of imagination, especially when their existence [[FisherKingEffect is tied to the land's]].

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* {{Symbolism}}: While there's plenty of it in a story this archetypal, the ultimate example would have to be the combination of what the Empress needs to be cured, why her illness is tied to the Nothing, and why the book is needed to draw in an Earthling child to provide the cure: in a world that is both the source and product of human imagination, of course [[IKnowYourTrueName names have power]]. At the same time, the fact such a place is a world of fantasy readily explains why no one within it has the power over creation/existence/true nature that comes with truly naming things. (This is expanded on more in the book, of course.) And of course a person without a true name would become an EmptyShell, thus making something like the Nothing possible...and the fact it is also said to be caused by the human world losing imagination/ceasing to believe in magic still ties in, since in such a state of affairs one of the first things to go would be the essence/inner nature of the one who rules the world of imagination, especially when their existence [[FisherKingEffect [[FisherKing is tied to the land's]].
27th Apr '16 7:35:31 PM Ingonyama
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* BrightCastle: Although depicted differently than in the book, the Ivory Tower is ''gorgeous''. It even partakes slightly of the other side of the trope, since while it is not cursed it does end up the only part of Fantasia left floating in the dark void after the Nothing has destroyed the rest of the land. As if that symbolism isn't enough, Atreyu specifically seeks it out in desperation as a sort of beacon, and the fact it has survived acts as a HopeSpot for him. It certainly seems to be the heart of Fantasia (if not its geographical center, since it has no boundaries), and its survival is likely tied to the Empress's, since for the hero to have any chance of succeeding in his quest she has to be there to be given a new name.


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* FindTheCure: Turns out to be the ultimate endpoint of Atreyu's quest, since doing so for the Empress will also save Fantasia from the Nothing.


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* RaceAgainstTime: The story is about not only saving Fantasia from the Nothing, but saving the life of the dying Childlike Empress; to underscore the symbolism and up the stakes, Cairon says that her sickness is linked to the Nothing.


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* {{Symbolism}}: While there's plenty of it in a story this archetypal, the ultimate example would have to be the combination of what the Empress needs to be cured, why her illness is tied to the Nothing, and why the book is needed to draw in an Earthling child to provide the cure: in a world that is both the source and product of human imagination, of course [[IKnowYourTrueName names have power]]. At the same time, the fact such a place is a world of fantasy readily explains why no one within it has the power over creation/existence/true nature that comes with truly naming things. (This is expanded on more in the book, of course.) And of course a person without a true name would become an EmptyShell, thus making something like the Nothing possible...and the fact it is also said to be caused by the human world losing imagination/ceasing to believe in magic still ties in, since in such a state of affairs one of the first things to go would be the essence/inner nature of the one who rules the world of imagination, especially when their existence [[FisherKingEffect is tied to the land's]].
27th Apr '16 7:13:42 PM Ingonyama
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* DecoyProtagonist: Sort of; within the book, the opening chapter introduces Bastian (and the viewer) to the Rock Biter, the Nighthob, and the Teeny Weeny, implying one of them will be the protagonist or at least that they may form a traveling band with the protagonist. Instead it turns out they exist solely for exposition (to reveal what the Nothing is doing in various parts of Fantasia and how everyone is concerned enough to send representatives to the Ivory Tower) and then to be viewpoint witnesses to Cairon's council on the terrace that sets up the plot of the rest of the book/movie; the actual protagonist (again, within the book) is Atreyu, and he travels alone except for Artax (and later Falkor). The introductory characters do come back into the story, though ([[EmotionalTorque at least in their absence]], for all but the Rock Biter...).



* DecoyProtagonist: Sort of; within the book, the opening chapter introduces Bastian (and the viewer) to the Rock Biter, the Nighthob, and the Teeny Weeny, implying one of them will be the protagonist or at least that they may form a traveling band with the protagonist. Instead it turns out they exist solely for exposition (to reveal what the Nothing is doing in various parts of Fantasia and how everyone is concerned enough to send representatives to the Ivory Tower) and then to be viewpoint witnesses to Cairon's council on the terrace that sets up the plot of the rest of the book/movie; the actual protagonist (again, within the book) is Atreyu, and he travels alone except for Artax (and later Falkor). The introductory characters do come back into the story, though ([[EmotionalTorque at least in their absence]], for all but the Rock Biter...).
27th Apr '16 7:12:27 PM Ingonyama
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* DecoyProtagonist: Sort of; within the book, the opening chapter introduces Bastian (and the viewer) to the Rock Biter, the Nighthob, and the Teeny Weeny, implying one of them will be the protagonist or at least that they may form a traveling band with the protagonist. Instead it turns out they exist solely for exposition (to reveal what the Nothing is doing in various parts of Fantasia and how everyone is concerned enough to send representatives to the Ivory Tower) and then to be viewpoint witnesses to Cairon's council on the terrace that sets up the plot of the rest of the book/movie; the actual protagonist (again, within the book) is Atreyu, and he travels alone except for Artax (and later Falkor). The introductory characters do come back into the story, though ([[EmotionalTorque at least in their absence]], for all but the Rock Biter...).



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Sphinx have very prominent bare breasts. Said breasts also come with fairly notable [[NippleAndDimed nipples]]. The scene involve shows them a lot. The mood takes away from that, however.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Sphinx Sphinxes have very prominent bare breasts. Said breasts also come with fairly notable [[NippleAndDimed nipples]]. The scene involve involved shows them a lot. The mood takes away from that, however.



* MissingMom: Early on Sebastian tells his father that he dreamed of his mum. We never learn what happened to her, but she is clearly a missing from his life.

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* MagicMirror: And TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf, naturally.
* MissingMom: Early on Sebastian Bastian tells his father that he dreamed of his mum. We never learn what happened to her, but she is clearly a missing from his life.


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* PaletteSwap: The Southern Oracle (contrary to the book) are this to the Sphinx Gate. It is actually more likely the latter is modeled after the former, but the order in which Atreyu encounters them would make it appear the reverse, which explains why he is understandably reluctant to approach and the Oracle make a point of reassuring him that they will not hurt him. Bastian also lampshades this by having a bit of confusion when reading their description before the viewer gets to see them.
25th Apr '16 11:24:40 PM Ingonyama
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* DutchAngle: Used effectively (and creepily) during the scene with Atreyu gazing up at the Sphinx Gate.
22nd Apr '16 9:08:41 PM maylove25
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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEfZIAc0cJI "Natsu No Jewelry"]] was the theme song of the Japanese version.

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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEfZIAc0cJI com/watch?v=RrMN7XaLDHE "Natsu No Jewelry"]] was the theme song of the Japanese version.
18th Mar '16 7:28:39 AM eroock
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* TurtleIsland: Morla from the Swamps of Sadness.
7th Mar '16 8:51:11 PM ManEFaces
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* FranchiseKiller: There have been no sequels or reboots or reboot announcements in the 22 years since it was made.
7th Mar '16 8:49:36 PM ManEFaces
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* FranchiseKiller: There have been no sequels or reboots or reboot announcements in the 22 years since it was made.
4th Mar '16 5:06:03 PM eroock
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* FantasyForbiddingFather: Bastian's father in the opening scene tells his son to get his head out of the clouds because he's failing in school as a result. In the end, if not for Bastian's vivid imagination [[spoiler: Fantasia would have been destroyed forever.]]



* OhCrap: G'mork has an ''epic'' one when Atreyu reveals his identity and challenges him to fight.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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G'mork has an ''epic'' one when Atreyu reveals his identity and challenges him to fight.


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** The three bullies at the end get a taste of Oh Crap when Falkor comes after them.
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