Based on the book by
Screenplay by Wolfgang
Limahl’s “The Neverending Story” plays as
CREDITS PLAY OVER a dazzling display of some
great clouded storm. THE NOTHING. Great masses
clouds swirl and churn and collide on the
As the FINAL CREDITS play we…
CUT TO: Bastian’s
Our story begins
as our young friend awakes from a dream. Bastian quickly sits up as if
awakening from a nightmare. He looks at a picture of his mom with a sigh
and then he picks up the book beside him and marks his spot.
is working on some sort of concoction in the kitchen blender, while
Bastian sits at the dining table straining to open jelly for his toast.
They exchange a good morning between each other, but they are relatively
continues to struggle with the jar until his hand hurts. His father turns
to him and gives him a hand. He seems to easily open the jar. As Bastians
father returns to his task of the morning drink concoction Bastian breaks
I had another dream Dad, about
His father pauses at the blender, but doesn't
him and then he continues creating his
son, but we have to get on with things, right? (Bastian looks dejected at
this answer.) Bastian we each have responsibilities. We can't let Mom's
death be an excuse
for not getting the old job done, right ?
half-heartedly smears butter on his toast. His father approaches the table
and sits down. Time for a father to son talk.
Son, I think it's time
you and I had a little talk.
I got a call from your
math teacher yesterday.
She says you were
drawing horses in your math book.
Unicorns. They were unicorns.(mimics a
She also says that you haven't been turning your homework
time. And I'm very disappointed you didn't even try out for
those riding lessons you've been wanting
you say you love horses yet you seem to be afraid to get on a real
one. Now, Bastian, you're old enough to get your head out of the
clouds and start keeping both feet on the ground. Alright ?
(he takes a sip of drink.)
Stop daydreaming and
start facing your problems.
Ok ? (ruffles Bastians hair)
Ok (he says with a half hearted
Ok. Right I think we've had a nice little talk we should have more.
(he gulps down his drink and gets up to leave.) Have a nice day and don't
be late to school again.
(Bastian turns to him) But yesterday I
FADE IN: City
Out on the street 3
bullies are laughing. As Bastian walks out, they stop.
Hey look it's the weirdo.
Hey weirdo, got any cash for us today
Bastian turns and runs.
Hey follow! That's it
weirdo. You can't get away
you jerk ! You're dead chicken!
chasing after him. They chase him down an alley where they corner him and
Where's you're money man
I don't have any!
No money? Momma's little boy is holding out
us. You ain't got any money on ya, you go
in the garbage can
All three bullies shove Bastian into a nearby
Maybe chicken can lay an egg in there. (They laugh as they
return to the street.)
out of the dumpster and enters the street brushing garbage off himself.
The bullies see him and stand up straight.
Hey man, who said you could get out of the garbage ?
Get back in there.
(They smile at each
other and start towards him.)
not again. No not again! (He starts running)
Where do you think you're going wimp? (They chase after him,
He ducks into a bookstore and the boys run by. )
Coreander’s Book store
Bastian watches from inside the store as the
three bullies go running by. He sighs felling
but is suddenly startled by a ruff bulldog
from somewhere in the
Get outta here. I don't like
Bastian walks toward the area he heard to
voice from, and finds an old man siting in
a chair reading. He turns and looks at
You still here boy? Didn't you hear what I
Um, I was.. (he stutters motioning to the
You're hiding aren't you?
No I was just... (he stutters
The video arcade is down the street . Here we just sell small
rectangular objects that are called books. Require a little effort on your
part and make no b..b..b..beeps. On your way please
I KNOW books. I have 186 of them at
Bah. Comic books.
I've read Treasure Island, Last of the Mohicans, Wizard of Oz, Lord of the
Rings, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Tarzan…
Whoa whoa whoa. Who are you running away from? (he says with
Just some kids from
They wanna throw me in the
Why don't you give them a good punch in the nose, eh?
Oh, I dunno.(he looks down at his
The man turns away from
him again. Bastian looks at the book he has. His interest has been
What's that book about?
Oh, this is something
(Bastian moves in closer.) Well, what is it
Look. You're books are safe. While you're reading them you
get to become Tarzan or Robinson Crusoe.
But that's what I like about
Yes, but afterwards you get to be a little boy again.
What do you mean?
Listen (he motions for him to come
you ever been Captain Nemo, trapped inside your submarine while the giant
squid was attacking you ?
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 you just said it was.... (the phone rings and Coreander puts the book
under a newspaper to try and hide it.)
about it. This book is not for you. (he gets up and gets the phone.)
Bastian watches him. As he talks on
the phone Bastian uncovers the book. The title on the book reads, The
Neverending Story. above these words is a symbol on the cover. The symbol
is two snakes intertwined with each other and biting each other's tail. As
the old man hangs up the phone, Bastian grabs the book and runs out. The
old man smiles to himself and looks down at his desk proud to have finally
gotten rid of the annoying child.
On his desk in
place of the book is a note pad barely legible writing on it, it reads:
" Don't worry, I'll return your book."
NEXT SCENE: Bastians
With the book
under his shirt Bastian runs through the hall of his school. He stops
outside his classroom, then cautiously looks through the small slit of a
window in the classroom door. What he sees is his class already started on
a very important math test.
The Math test, oh no.
CUT TO: school
Bastian runs up
the stairs leading to the
school's attic, finds the key and goes inside. There are all sorts
of old scholastic objects in the attic. He finds a stack of old gym mats
and pulls one out. He sits down and pulls out the book, then he begins
ANGLE- Bastian- CLOSE
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.
FADE OUT TO:
WIDE SHOT: View of
We see a snail look up and there's
a small man beside him. There is a Nighthob and his sleeping bat nearby.
Suddenly the calm of the camp is interrupted by a great rumbling similar
to an earthquake.
What's that ? (the ground
A huge tricycle
comes to a stop in front of them. It is made entirely from stone, as is
the giant riding it. The Rockbiter speaks to them in a deep, friendly
Excuse me, would it be alright if I
joined you this evening?
You see I've been traveling all
(he climbs off
his tricycle.He rolls it backward and then sits down. The ground beneath
him shakes. He sniffs the air and then says, as if he has discovered a
secret of theirs)
Ah hah ! Now I see why you picked
this camp. "
He picks up a large rock and sniffs
A delicious looking limestone rock.
Nice bouquet, must be a real vintage here.
you're right. Those delicious rocks are the reason we camped here alright.
Then he runs over to the little man.
Psst. is he a nutcase?
No, he's a Rockbiter.
Oh a Rockbiter.
The Rockbiter starts
eating the limestone he is holding. Pieces fall all over the place. One
piece falls on the snail.
Then he burps.
Oh, pardon me !
Mmm. That was
limestone, with a dash of quartz. Very tasty. Where I come from in the
north we used to have exquisite gourmet rocks, only now...now they're all
know how it happened.
The Rockbiter makes a boyscouts honor sign.
I swear it wasn't me.
Hah ! Heck no.
I think I know what it was, tell us
Near my home there
used to be a beautiful lake, but then 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.
No, a hole would be something. Nah,
it was nothing. And it got bigger and bigger. First there was no lake
anymore and then finally, no rocks.
Hah! If he keeps stuffing his face
like that, soon there won't be any rocks left here either!
(Nighthob complains to the little
man. As he starts to walk away, the little man grabs him.)
could be serious!
you have told us is also occurring where I live in the west ! A strange
sort of Nothing is destroying everything.
Yes, we Nighthobs
live in the south. And it's there too.
So, so it's not just
in our part of Fantasia?
Maybe, it's already everywhere...
looking around suspiciously smelling the air.)
Maybe our whole land
is in danger. What can we do?
My people are sending me to the
Ivory Tower, to the Empress for help
Nighthob and Tiny:
We are on the same mission. After
all, if the Empress can't save us, who could?
Then why are we all just standing
around here instead of taking off for the Ivory Tower?
Right, what are we waiting for
The little man climbs on
his snail while the Nighthob tries to wake up his bat.
Hey wake up! We
can't just hang around here. Prepare for take off! Stupid bat!
We, we can't wait for a snail. Can
I carry you?
Don't worry, it's a racing
Oh, but we can't even wait for a racing
The little man
goes peddling off on the snail. Nighthob finally wakes up his bat and
climbs on as
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, eh.. for the road.
As he bends down to pick
some up, he stands straight up again and realizes he hears the nothing
Oh no. The nothing!
CUT TO: A golden sunset
View of the sky and Nighthob on his
Look there it is. The heart of
View of Rockbiter and
little man. They stop as they see the Ivory Tower.
I never knew it
was that beautiful. Oh.
EXT. VIEW-Ivory Tower
Wide angled view
of the nearing Ivory Tower. It shimmers in its only light as the sun sets
Stay awake. I told you to stay
We span the
whole length of this Ivory Tower. It is said to be as big as a city. We
pass over the base of the tower, then it’s mid section, and finally we
near the very top of the structure. It is very intricate here. We begin to
zoom in on the Magnolia pavilion. The very tip of the Ivory Tower, the
place that the Empress lives.
The home of the
Empress. She's our only hope.
INT. VIEW- Ivory
Tower- The Empresses court
The door to the Empress's room opens into the
courtyard. Lots of creatures from Fantasia await help from the Empress.
The Empress's head servant comes out of her room and speaks to them all.
Friends, I know why you are all
here. The nothing is destroying our world. I also know that you have come
to beseech the Empress for help. But I, I have terrible news. The Empress
herself has become deathly ill. There seems to be a mysterious link
between her illness and the nothing. She is dying. So she cannot save
There is much commotion among the creatures
gathered there, but he continues.
But there just might be one chance. The plains people
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
CUT TO: School attic-
View of Bastian. He looks up from the
book and grabs his school bag. He looks
at the Indians on the front.
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
View of a young Indian boy
walking up the stairs to the old man.
Close up of Atreyu as the old man speaks to
I'm sorry, but this is not the time nor place
I must ask you to leave.
you don't want me here,
you shouldn't have sent for
was not you we sent for. We wanted Atreyu.
Not Atreyu the child, Atreyu the
am the only Atreyu with the plains people, but I'll be happy to
back to hunting the purple buffalo.
Atreyu pauses as the old man
Atreyu walks back up the stairs. The old man
looks at him more urgently now.
you truly are the Atreyu we sent for, you
would be willing to go on a quest?
Yes of course, what kind of a
find a cure for the Empress .....and to save our
No one can give you any advice except this, you
alone and you must leave all your weapons
It will be very
there any chance of success?
do not know, but if you fail the Empress will surely
and our whole world will be
Atreyu's eyes grow large and he closes them
and hangs his head down. Then he opens
them back up and looks at the old man
determinedly. He takes off his bow and
quiver of arrows.
When do I begin ?
Now and you must hurry
the nothing grows stronger
He motions him to come nearer.
Take this. (He holds up a necklace
that has the same
symbol as the front of the book. He fastens it
" The Auryn" Could be heard whispered
throughout the court filled with
who wears the Auryn speaks for the Empress.
It will guide and protect
END SCENE: view of
Atreyu and his horse galloping away from the ivory tower. –Fade
FADE IN: Dark
View of a dark cave and we hear
the same time, elsewhere in Fantasia, a creature
of darkness also began his
We see two evil eyes open abruptly followed by
a horrid howl in the cave and then a wolf as black as night runs
CUT TO: Atreyu &
View of Atreyu and Artax near a
Atreyu is sleeping and we hear
They had been traveling aimlessly for almost a
but they could not find a cure for the Empress.
Atreyu or his horse, Artax, had the vaguest
that the creature of darkness, the G'mork, was
tracking them down.
Artax crosses the small stream and wakes up
Atreyu by nuzzling him.
Wha ? What is it Artax. Is it time
to go already
Oh, I know what you want. It's time
huh? Good idea.
No, it's a great idea!
Bastian looks up from the book with a smile
and grabbs his lunch from his back pack
and begins to devour it.
VIEW of Bastian
holding half the sandwich. He looks at it.
No, not too much. We still have a long way to
VIEW of Atreyu and
Artax traveling again.
G'mork arrives were they had been and catches
their scent, and takes off following their
CUT TO: Swamps of
Atreyu and Artax had searched the Silver
the Desert of Shattered Hopes, and the Crystal
without success. And so, there was only one
To find Morla, the ancient one, the wisest
Fantasia who’s home was the Shell
somewhere in the deadly Swamps of
Atreyu jumps off Artax and pulls him along
through the swamp.
Everyone knew that whoever let the
overtake him would sink into the
Atreyu pulls his horse along saying reassuring
things the whole time.
That's it. You’re doing fine
Suddenly Artax stops and Atreyu pulls on the
reigns. Artax doesn't budge
Come on Artax, what's the matter? What's wrong?
Come on boy!
I understand, it's too difficult for you. (He
tries pulling him in a
different direction and steps into a puddle up
to his waist.
Suddenly he notices that Artax is
Artax you're sinking! Come on turn around, you
Now ! Come on! Artax !
He goes closer to him and hugs him.
Fight against the sadness Artax.
You're letting the sadness of the swamps get to
You have to try, you have to care. For me, I'm
friend, I love you.
(Artax doesn't move and
slaps the puddle sending water flying toward
horse. He yells at him
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, and I love you.
Artax! Stupid horse! You've gotta move or
you'll die! Move, please!
I won't give up! Don't quit! Artax! Please!
(then he pleads with him.)
Move please. I won't give up! Jump quick! Artax
SPLIT VIEW: of Atreyu sitting on a log crying
as he looks at the spot where Artax had once been, and of Bastian looking
up from the book. Both have tears streaming down their face, Bastian blows
his nose on his handkerchief. Bastian turns the
VIEW: of Atreyu walking through the swamps
crying. He stops suddenly and we see a mountain.
VIEW: of Bastian as he looks up from the
Atreyu climbs up the muddy mountain and calls
for Morla several times. The mountain starts
moving and he grabs a tree branch. The branch breaks and he slides down
the mountain, hurting his shoulder. He lands in the swamp ground below and
turns and crawls away to a tree nearby that faces the mountain. He climbs
it and sees a giant turtle head coming out of the mountain. Bastian
screams and Atreyu and Morla look around.
Bastian sits up
But that's impossible, they
couldn't have heard me.
Are you Morla, the ancient
Not that it matters but
Please help me Morla. Do you
Well, we haven't seen the
Auryn in a long time.
We ? (he looks around) Is
there someone else here too?
We haven't spoken to anyone
else for thousands of years,
so we started talking to
(she sneezes and blows
Atreyu out of the tree.)
Morla, I bring terrible
news. Did you know that
the Empress is very
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
on not we care.
Do you have a
No, we're allergic to
You know how I can help the Empress don't
Not that it matters, but
If you don't tell me and the nothing keeps
you'll die to! Both of you!
Die ? That at least would be
She starts to sneeze
again, but doesn't so Atreyu relaxes his grip
on the tree. Unknowing
that she can sneeze at any moment.
Please tell me. You said you knew the
She sneezes and blows
him out of the tree. She becomes agitated.
We're tired of sneezing, go away. Nothing
(He climbs back up the
That's not true.
If it didn't really matter to you then you'd
Hah hah, clever boy.
Tell me please !
We don't know, but you can ask the Southern
can I get there?
You can't . It's ten thousand miles
But that's so far.
right. Forget it. Good night.
CUT TO: School
The school bell rings and Bastian sits up with
a start. The school day
Has ended and everyone is leaving. Bastian
walks out as the lights turn off.
The attic is spooky, it is dark and stormy.
Bastian grabs his
stuff and runs out of the attic, but then comes
back, shaking his head.
No. Atreyu wouldn't quit now.
He starts back towards the mat, but lightning
followed by a loud clap of thunder
Startles Bastian prompting him to leap
backwards. A wolf head from an old school festival falls down in front of
him and he screams in terror.
View of Atreyu stumbling, exhausted through the
swamp. He falls several
times and has to stop for rest. His shoulder
really hurts him. Atreyu stumbles
into a puddle up to his neck and we see the
wolf running after him. As Atreyu
starts to faint he looks up and sees a dragon
coming towards him from high in
the sky. The wolf reaches him right
as the dragon picks him up. The wolf
howls in anger as he misses the boy.
FADE IN: Attic-
Bastian flops down on his back and sighs.
Relieved that Atreyu
escaped the G’mork and the swamps, but what was
that saved him? Bastian sits back up and starts
After days and nights of unconsciousness,
opened his eyes and found himself in strange
He was clean and his wounds were
VIEW: - Atreyu waking
up. His is asleep behind the arm of
the dog-like dragon. He lifts it's arm so he
can get away.
The dragon opens one eye, then closes
The dragon wakes up as Atreyu runs
Leaving so soon, hmm?
Uh, I was just going..... I have to
I was trying to ... (he
Yea..... I mean no.
Never ! I'm a luck dragon.
My name is Falkor.
And my name
Atreyu. And you're on a
How'd you know
You were unconscious and you
talked in your sleep.
(Falkor starts straining to
reach his ear, but his leg is to short.)
Could you get round and
scratch behind my right ear?
I can never quite reach
(Atreyu starts scratching a
Oh yea. Huh huh huh, oh.
That's so good. Thank you.
So little fella, you're on
you're way to the Southern Oracle?
Yes, but it's hopeless. It's
too far away!
Oh, I wouldn't necessarily
Do you know how to get
Why sure, it's right around
How'd all this
You've already brought me
the entire Ten thousand miles?
No, only nine thousand eight
hundred and ninety one,
as the dragon
Having a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a
Quest. Things will work out fine Atreyu. Never give up hope and
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luck will find you.
It's good to have a friend
You have more than one.
Atreyu goes to a small entrance and bends down
to look in.
A tiny old man sits writing in a book and an
old lady comes
in humming a tune. She throws some worms into a
stops to eat one. Atreyu closes his eyes
Atreyu smile as they start fighting.
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 place.
I'm always finding you in my place!
Atreyu clears his throat to get their
He's well! Now it's my turn
Oh no you don't! I decide when he's
It's your turn when I say it's your
VIEW -She gets a cup
full of the mixture in the pot and comes to stand in front of
Well, little man, still in pain
He puts a hand on his shoulder as he speaks to
her. Testing the bandage.
Um, a little, but it's all right.
I like that. The patient telling the doctor
it's all right.
It has to hurt if it's to
(She stops and sniffs the cup then holds it out
Here. Drink that.
takes it from her and starts drinking.)
Good, huh? That's my batwing broth. There's eye
in there, tree mold, old lizard brains, scales
rancid sea serpent.
Atreyu looks at the cup like he's sick. The old
man stands and speaks to him.
Just where did you and your dragon come
What are you onto? Anything of interest to
My name's Atreyu. I came here to find the
Oh, you've come to the right place my
Here we go again.
I am somewhat of an expert on the Southern
It's my scientific specialty.
It's my scientific specialty.
Why don't you sit down and be quiet for once
You keep quiet wench.
It's now my
name is Engywook. Uh, she's Urgl. Ever heard of me?
I don't think so.
You don't move in scientific
apologetically and shook his head no.
I am the expert on the Southern
Oh you've come to the right place my
There's no fool like an old
Wait. Stay here. To the
observatory. he says stopping her.
To the winch ,wench
View of Urgl turning a handle of a large
machine that pulls a
Basket carrying Engywook to the top of a high
ledge on one
of the surrounding rocks. Atreyu follows him on
Come on lazy bones, can't you go any faster
I've been studying the mystery of the Southern
years, someday I'll publish my book : A Century
The Southern Oracle by Professor Engywook,
The Early Years.
Have you ever been to the Southern Oracle
Well, what do you think? I work
As Atreyu pulls himself up on the ledge he sees
2 great sphinx-like statues.
The man looks into a improvised sort of
telescope and then tells Atreyu to do the same.
Is that the Southern Oracle
Well, no. It's the first of
the 2 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
The sphinx's eyes stay
closed until someone who does
not feel his own worth tries
to pass by. Ah !
Here comes one that looks
VIEW of a man in fancy
armor approaching the gate.
Let's see what he really thinks of
(Atreyu watches through the
The man starts to
Go on scaredy cat. Oh, go
Oh, it's my turn, let me
He's going on. I think he's
gonna make it.
The sphinx's eyes, are they open are shut? Let me see
(he looks back and forth
No wait ! The eyes are open
Ray’s of pure light shoot out of the sphinx's
eyes and zap the man. Atreyu looks up, shocked at the sight he had
Oh no! Did he make it ? Did
(Atreyu shakes his head.)
Fancy armor doesn't help much. The sphinxes can
straight into your heart. Listen boy, next time
let me see
what happens ! It's my
(Atreyu sets his jaw
determinedly.) I'm gonna try it.
Atreyu starts climbing down as Engywook calls
No ! Don't go yet. I haven't told you about the
It's even worse than this one. Atreyu ! Atreyu
Atreyu continues on and approaches the gate. As
he walks up the eyes stay closed.
He'll never make it. He'll never make
Atreyu does fine until he sees the fallen man,
who is just a charred skeleton. He panics and starts looking back and
forth between the 2 sphinxes.
(The old man cries out.)
Don't start to doubt yourself now ,be confident
(Bastian cries out )
Be confident , be
The eyes open and Bastian cries
Run Atreyu run
Atreyu looks straight ahead and Bastian calls
Atreyu runs through the gate and just barely
makes it. He turns and looks back, then sighs.
Engywook is so happy he jumps in the basket and
falls out when he gets back to where Falkor and Urgl
He made it ,he made it
View: Urgl is giving
Falkor a shot.
You could do with a dose of juicy vitamins
He made it, Atreyu, he made it through the
I always said he could do
Oh good ! But that's no reason for
you to go falling out of the Basket again?
I knew he would be
Nonsense ! You don't
The worst one is coming
Next is the Magic Mirror
Atreyu has to face his true
So what ? That won't be too
hard for him.
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
of Atreyu in a blizzard. He approaches the
Mirror gate and looks into it.
After a while, he sees Bastian
reading the story. Bastian looks up then
throws the book across the
No. This is going too
(He pauses and looks at the
What if they really do know
about me in Fantasia?
(He picks the book back
of Atreyu. He sticks his hand through the
Mirror and then pulls it back out.
Then he walks through the
(Bastian lights a
Atreyu approaches another two sphinxes. As he
approaches they start speaking to him.
Do not be afraid. We will not harm you.
We have been waiting for you a long time
(they speak in unison.)
Are you the Southern
Then you must know what can
save Fantasia !
Well, what is it ? I have to
The Empress needs.... a new
A new name. Is that all ?
But that's easy !
I can give her any name she
No one from Fantasia can do
it, only a human child.
A human child ? Where can I
They can only be reached
beyond the boundaries
of Fantasia. You must hurry
Atreyu. We do not
know how much longer we can
withstand the nothing.
(The sphinxes start crumbling. Atreyu runs away
calling for Falkor.)
VIEW - Falkor with
Atreyu on his back. They are flying over Fantasia.
Hurry Falkor, the nothing's
Don't worry. We'll reach the boundaries of
Do you know where they are
I have no
Then how are we supposed to
All right ! Hang on
Falkor carrying Atreyu over many different
lands of Fantasia.
A beautiful display of landscapes play over the
screen then we
CUT TO- Attic window –
CLOSE UP of Bastian.
What a shame they don't ask me. My
she had such a wonderful
He closes the window and goes back to reading
On and on they flew until they reached
Sea of Possibilities where they could go no
VIEW of Falkor and
Atreyu. The sky is gray and is incredibly windy.
Great storm clouds can be seen all around
churning and expanding.
It is the Nothing, the force destroying
fantasia, and Falkor and Atreyu
Have ended up right in the center of part of
Look Atreyu, the
Falkor is tossed around in all directions,
Atreyu tries to hold on as best as he can. The wind blows wilder and
wilder until finally it tosses Falkor onto his back, and knocks his
passenger into the air. Atreyu falls, but Falkor cannot get to him before
he disappears into the chaos below.
The window bursts open and Bastian climbs up
and closes it. Against a torrent of rain and wind. Finally he gets the
window closed and he looks down at the book, he is soaked, and a bit
winded at his experience. Then he remembers the story
View of Atreyu on a lying on a beach. Atreyu
wakes with a start,
and discovers that the Auryn is gone. He stands
up and looks at
the sky, searching frantically for
his friend Falkor, but Falkor is
Falkor !Falkor !Where are
you? Falkor !
Somewhere in the heavens
Falkor is searching for Atreyu.
View of Falkor calling for Atreyu." Atreyu !
Atreyu reluctantly gives up on calling Falkor.
He turns his eyes
to the beach, he finds a trail of foot prints
in the sand, but they were not his,
but that of a large beast. Atreyu follows them
and Finds himself following a
path to a city that has seen better days.On his
way he stopps to rest leaning
against the remains of what seems like a stone
wall, but he soon finds that it
was not a wall at all, but a Rockbiter. The
giant looks down at atreyu and holds
They look like big, good,
strong hands. Don't they?
(Atreyu looks down saddened.)
I always thought that's what they were. My little
man with his racing snail, the Nighthob, even
the stupid bat. I
couldn't hold on to them. The nothing
pulled them right out of my hands. I failed.
Atreyu looks down, feeling terrible.
No you didn't fail. I'm the
one who was chosen to stop the nothing.
But I lost the Auryn, I
can't find my luck dragon, so I won't be able
to get past the boundaries
Listen, the nothing will be
here any minute.
I will just sit here and let
it take me away too.
They look like big, good,
strong hands. Don't they?
Rockbiter starts crying as Atreyu shakes his
head yes and fights his own tears.
He continues along the trail again, and finds
himself in a different part of the city.
Ahead of him is a larce mostly intact building,
Atreyu dodges falling rocks and
enters an opening.
On the walls are paintings of everything that's
happened during his Quest.
The Empress giving the Auryn to Carion, Carion
giving the Auryn to Atreyu,
Atreyu trying to save Artax in the
Swamps of Sadness, Morla, and Falkor,
As Atreyu turns a corner he sees a painting of
a wolf, then he turns another
corner and sees the wolf hiding in
a smaller opening. It growls wildly at Atreyu
as he approaches
If you come any closer I
will rip you to shreds.
Atreyu squats down where he's at and looks at
I am G'mork. And you,
whoever you are,
can have the honor of being
my last victim.
I will not die easily. I am
(G'mork laughs.) Brave
warrior, then fight the nothing.
But I can't ! I can't get
beyond the boundaries of Fantasia.
G'mork laughs and Atreyu grows
What's so funny about that
Fantasia has no
A storm grows closer to the city, slowly
shaking it to pieces…
Rocks fall here and
That's not true. You're
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.
Therefor, it has no
There's a crash and more rocks
But why is Fantasia dying
Because people have begun to loose their
and forget their dreams. So the nothing grows
What is the nothing
It's the emptiness that's
left. It's like a despair,
destroying this world. And I
have been trying to help it.
Because people who have no
hopes are easy to control.
And whoever has control has
A large crash shakes the ground. Atreyu loses
his balance for a moment,
but quickly regains it and turns back to the
wolf. He gives him a cold look
then asks him,
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
The ground shakes and Atreyu falls over
backward. He grabs a long, sharp
piece of broken stone and stands up. He then
yells at G'mork.
If we're about to die
anyway, I'd rather die fighting.
Come for me G'mork ! I am
G'mork growls and jumps at him. Atreyu plunges
the sharp rock into the beasts
heart, killing the G’mork. As Atreyu pulls
himself from the carcass of the G’mork,
Atreyu finds that the beast managed
to inflict a wound on Atreyu. He stands and
winces at the deep gash across his
chest. Another crash echoes through the
ruins as Atreyu makes his way out of the
CUT TO- Ocean –Falkor
Falkor dived deep into the Sea following a
slight ray of light from beneath the
waves. As he swims deeper and deeper more and
more bubbles form around
his body, finally he reaches a coral reef, and
finds that the ray of light was
coming from the lost necklace. Falkor opens his
mouth, and plucks the Auryn
from the coral with his
Driven by a will much like his own he headed
straight for the abandoned city.
Below him he could barely make out the form of
Atryeu leaving a collapsing
Atreyu comes out of an opening and latches onto
a tree as the Nothing consumes
more and more the surrounding land. Atreyu
calls out for Falkor and this time Falkor
Atreyu holds tight to the tree as strong winds
threaten to rip him from the branches.
Almost as he was losing his grip Falkor plucked
him out of the tree, and headed for
safer skies. But that was all there
was left, below them the Nothing enveloped the remaining pieces of land.
Fantasia was gone.
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> That
was the end of Fantasia. Only a few fragments remained
of this once rich and
beautiful world had been left by the nothing.
Falkor flies through a belt of fragments still
remaining after the Nothing.
The sky is graveyard of left over pieces of
Fantasia. Atreyu wakes from
his exhaustion and looks around with a heavy
Good old Falkor, can you see
anything ? Anything at all ?
No, all the land is
I know, and all because I
Do you suppose the Ivory
Tower is still standing?
Let's hope so, Atreyu. Let's
Atreyu looks down at the amulet dangling from
his neck, and gets an idea
that might just help
Let the Auryn guide
(He clutches the medallion with his hands
If the Ivory Tower still stands take us
The Auryn starts glowing and the fragments
move, behind them standing
all its glory is the ivory tower.
Falkor ! The Ivory Tower
They approach the tower. And it appears to have
been spared by the Nothing.
We span over all its beautiful features before
we come to rest at the court
before the Empress’s
VIEW- Bastian. He leans forward and
Atreyu walks up the stairs that lead to the
Empress's room. The chamber
door begins to open. He pauses and looks back
He enters the room and the door closes behind
him. Before him was the Childlike Empress in person. She sits silently on
her bed, her gaze never leaves Atreyu.
Atreyu, why do you look so sad?
He takes off the Auryn and hands it to her. She
looks at it, and then him
for an explanation.
failed you Empress.
No, you haven't. You've brought him with you.
The Earthling child. The one who can save us
You knew about the Earthling child ?!
Of course. I knew everything.
(Atreyu grows angry with her)
My horse died, I nearly drowned, and I
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
But I didn't get in touch with an Earthling !
Yes, you did.
Bastian sits up slowly as we hear what she's
He has suffered with you. He went through everything you went
through. And now, he has come here with you. He's very close.
Listening to every word that we say.
Atreyu looks around, as does she.
Two fragments of Fantasia collide and explode
shaking the Tower Violently.
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Atreyu:
Where is he ? If he's so close, why
doesn't he arrive ?!
He doesn't realize that he's already a part
of the Neverending Story.
Neverending Story, what's that ?
Just as he is sharing all your adventures, other's
are sharing his. They were with him when he hid
from the boys in the
They were with him when he took the
book with the
Auryn symbol on the cover, in which he's
own story right now.
I can't believe it, they can't be talking about
The Ivory Tower cracks. Atreyu turns around to
see where it cracked, then he turns back to the
What will happen if he doesn't
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
power to stop it. He simply can't imagine that one little
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> boy
could be that important.
Is it really me ?
Maybe he doesn't know what he has to do !
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 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.
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> It's
only a story, it's not real. It's only a story.
The Ivory Tower shakes and cracks some more.
Atreyu falls over backward
and is knocked
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Atreyu
the courtyard is being taken away by the
Nothing. Because of Bastians new
found disbelief the Nothing has grown stronger
and is now attacking the last remaining part of
Bastian, why don't you do what you dream, Bastian
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> But
I can't ! I have to keep my feet on the ground!
Call my name ! Bastian, please ! Save us !
All right, I'll do it. I'll save you. I will do what I
He climbs up to the window and opens it. He
leans out into the storm and calls out the name he had chosen for her.
Darkness, pure and black as night. We hear
Why is it so dark?
In the beginning it is always dark.
A small light appears and starts growing until
the two childs faces are
illuminated. It is coming from an
object in Moonchild's hand. Bastian looks at it.
What is that ?
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> One
grain of sand. It is all that remains of my vast
Fantasia has totally disappeared ?
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Yes.
Then everything has been in vain.
No, it hasn't. Fantasia can arise in you .
In your dreams and wishes Bastian.
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Open
She puts the grain into his hand and he looks
What are you going to wish for ?
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> I
Then there will be no Fantasia any more.
How many wishes do I get?
As many as you want. And the more wishes you
the more magnificent Fantasia will become.
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Really
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Then
my first wish is...
Moonchild follows his
gaze and smiles.
CUT TO- Bastian riding
Below them Fantasia has been reborn. Everything appears as before.
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Falkor,
it's even more beautiful
than I thought.
Like it ?
Falkor, it's wonderful !
(Bastian looks around.)
like the nothing never was.
They fly over Rockbiter, the Nighthob, and the
little man. Bastian waves
to them and Rockbiter waves back. They change
their direction and suddenly below them is a great endless field, the
Great Plains. Bastian looks down and sees a familiar face from his
imagination, only now its real.
Atreyu ! Artax !
Atreyu looks up, laughs, and waves as he and Artax are headed for
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> What
would you like to wish for next?
Bastian leans over and whispers in his ear.
View of the three bullies talking out on the
street where they had chased Bastian the day before. They look up at the
sky as Falkor and Bastian appear and start chasing them. They
A monster !
Yea ! Look there they are ! Get 'em Falkor.
Let's see how you like it chickens!
Down here !
(one of them cries pointing to the alley. They
start to rest, but Falkor chases
them down there too. They start running
We're gonna get you guys !
They run down the alley and jump into the
dumpster as Falkor flies by them, laughing. They peer out of the dumpster
and then duck back in.
VIEW- of buildings and
the sky. We hear a voice, a narrator.
many other wishes and had many other amazing
adventures before finally returning to the ordinary world.
But that's another story.