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* The first letters of each chapter form the alphabet. This might seem [[CaptainObvious obvious]] to you if you have one of the first German pressings, otherwise not so much.

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* The first letters of each chapter form the alphabet. This might seem [[CaptainObvious obvious]] obvious to you if you have one of the first German pressings, otherwise not so much.



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* The movie breaks the fourth wall near the end, when the Princess is explaining to Atreyu that she is aware of Bastian and knows what he must do. "He doesn't realize he's already a part of The NeverEnding Story. Just as he is sharing all of your adventures, others were sharing his. They were with him when he hid from the boys in the bookstore. 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." She's referring to the film's audience. The implication is that there is yet another audience, sharing theirs. The NeverEnding Story, then, is not Atreyu's story, or Bastian's or even Fantasia's. It is the ever-spreading infinity of stories within stories being witnessed and shared. As such, it has no ending.


* The story contains [[ShoutOut lots of references]] to [[JRRTolkien J.R.R.]] [[TheLordOfTheRings Tolkien]] and [[WilliamShakespeare William]] [[TheBardOnBoard Shakespeare]] because Bastian probably knows a lot about their works.

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* The story contains [[ShoutOut lots of references]] to [[JRRTolkien J.R.R.]] [[TheLordOfTheRings Tolkien]] Creator/JRRTolkien and [[WilliamShakespeare William]] [[TheBardOnBoard Shakespeare]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare because Bastian probably knows a lot about their works.


** Funny you should say that, because he did the same for me for ''Film/TheNeverendingStory 3''. After all his lamenting about how [[CharacterDerailment out-of-character]] the characters were, I began to think, and I came to realise: ''They are so out of character for a reason!'' At the point where Bastian comes across Falkor, the Nastys already have a hold of the book and are messing around with the story. Considering the fact that they are probably ''barely literate'', and most definitely don't read, all their ideas of characters would be ''pretty much retarded''. Take the Rockbiter and family, for instance: They are essentially a fantastic sitcom, because HEY, this was the nineties, so the Nastys probably watch almost nothing but sitcoms. He sings a stupid rock song because HEY, rock songs are cool! let's have him sing one while on his awesome hog! - Tropers/TheRealCJ
*** Not that any of this was explained in the movie itself, where it would have mattered most.

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** Funny you should say that, because he did the same for me for ''Film/TheNeverendingStory 3''. After all his lamenting about how [[CharacterDerailment out-of-character]] the characters were, I began to think, and I came to realise: ''They are so out of character for a reason!'' At the point where Bastian comes across Falkor, the Nastys already have a hold of the book and are messing around with the story. Considering the fact that they are probably ''barely literate'', and most definitely don't read, all their ideas of what the characters were like would be ''pretty much retarded''. Take the Rockbiter and family, for instance: They are essentially a fantastic sitcom, because HEY, this was the nineties, so the Nastys probably watch almost nothing but sitcoms. He sings a stupid rock song because HEY, rock songs are cool! let's Let's have him sing one while riding on his awesome hog! - Tropers/TheRealCJ
*** Not that any of this was explained in the movie itself, where it would have mattered most.
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*** Not that any of this was explained in the movie itself, where it would have mattered most--ElSquibbonator.

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*** Not that any of this was explained in the movie itself, where it would have mattered most--ElSquibbonator.most.

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*** Not that any of this was explained in the movie itself, where it would have mattered most--ElSquibbonator.


** The story is, in a way, never-ending; it is all but outright stated that this is not the first time a human has had to enter Fantastica to give a new name to the Childlike Empress / Moon Child, nor will it be the last. Hence, it continues in a cycle; Bastian's contribution to the cycle is made, but someone else will have to do so again at some point.

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** The story is, is also, in a certain way, never-ending; it is all but outright stated that this is not the first time a human has had to enter Fantastica to give a new name to the Childlike Empress / Moon Child, nor will it be the last. Hence, it continues in a cycle; Bastian's contribution to the cycle is made, but someone else will have to do so again at some point.


** The story is, in a way, never-ending; it is all but outright stated that this is not the first time a human has had to enter Fantastica to give a new name the Childlike Empress, nor will it be the last. Hence, it continues in a cycle; Bastian's contribution to the cycle is made, but someone else will have to do so again at some point.

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** The story is, in a way, never-ending; it is all but outright stated that this is not the first time a human has had to enter Fantastica to give a new name to the Childlike Empress, Empress / Moon Child, nor will it be the last. Hence, it continues in a cycle; Bastian's contribution to the cycle is made, but someone else will have to do so again at some point.


** The story is, in a way, never-ending; it is all but outright stated that this is not the first time a human has had to enter Fantastica to give a new name the Childlike Empress. Hence, it continues in a cycle; Bastian's contribution to the cycle is made, but someone else will have to do so again at some point.

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** The story is, in a way, never-ending; it is all but outright stated that this is not the first time a human has had to enter Fantastica to give a new name the Childlike Empress.Empress, nor will it be the last. Hence, it continues in a cycle; Bastian's contribution to the cycle is made, but someone else will have to do so again at some point.

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** The story is, in a way, never-ending; it is all but outright stated that this is not the first time a human has had to enter Fantastica to give a new name the Childlike Empress. Hence, it continues in a cycle; Bastian's contribution to the cycle is made, but someone else will have to do so again at some point.


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* The song recorded by Limahl for the soundtrack of the movies begins by fading in to a melody that's already underway, and then fades out at the end. Thus giving the illusion that the song, like the story, is never-ending.


** Same with getting all the characters back in 3, and the wishes-cost-memories machine in 2. If he just wishes for everything, [[AnthropicPrinciple there's no story.]] Fantasia is literally a storybook fantasyland, and with no story to revolve around, it all falls to ruin. Like how AlanWake had to stay true to the story's internal logic or it would have had a TheBadGuyWins DownerEnding, instead of the BittersweetEnding it did have. A copout ending is incredibly bad news. - dvorak

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** Same with getting all the characters back in 3, and the wishes-cost-memories machine in 2. If he just wishes for everything, [[AnthropicPrinciple there's no story.]] Fantasia is literally a storybook fantasyland, and with no story to revolve around, it all falls to ruin. Like how AlanWake VideoGame/AlanWake had to stay true to the story's internal logic or it would have had a TheBadGuyWins DownerEnding, instead of the BittersweetEnding it did have. A copout ending is incredibly bad news. - dvorak

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* When Bastian decided to create a dragon for Hero Hynreck, he described one that is about 1,000 years old and captures young maidens who are forced to be its servant for the rest of their lives. Bastian also stated that none had ever been rescued, meaning that at least 20 women each who served the dragon for an average of 50 years (Bastian stated) had been kidnapped in the past as a result of Bastian wanting to give Hynreck a dragon to slay.

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