The NeverEnding Story III
The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia (also known as: The NeverEnding Story III: Return to Fantasia) is a 1994 English-language film, the second sequel to the fantasy film The NeverEnding Story (following the first sequel, The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter). It starred Jason James Richter as Bastian Balthazar Bux, and Jack Black in one of his early roles as the school bully, Slip. This film primarily used the characters from Michael Ende's novel The Neverending Story (1979), but introduced a new storyline. It is an international coproduction between the United States and Germany.
|The NeverEnding Story III|
Canadian video release poster
|Directed by||Peter MacDonald|
|Screenplay by||Jeff Lieberman|
|Story by||Karin Howard|
|Based on||Characters created|
by Michael Ende
|Music by||Peter Wolf|
|Box office||$5 million (Germany)|
The special creature effects were provided by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The film has no connection to the source material of the book beyond the usage of characters from it.
In a prologue, the Old Man of Wandering Mountain reads from a large book, begins to record a prophecy of a day when "The Nasty" will arrive in Fantasia, and describes the savior of "Extraordinary Courage".
Bastian Balthazar Bux has grown older, and his father Barney has married a woman named Jane, whose daughter Nicole is displeased at having a new family. Bastian has also started high school, where he has become a victim of the Nasties, a quintet of bullies led by Slip. Bastian arranges for them to be expelled with the help of the janitor after the Nasties trap him in the boiler room.
He later flees to the library, where he is surprised to find Carl Conrad Coreander and the Neverending Story. The Nasties locate him, but he uses the book to escape to Fantasia, where he is reunited with Falkor, Engywook and Urgl. On Earth, the Nasties find the Neverending Story and use it to bombard Fantasia with fireballs and a storm. With wooden Bark Troll, Bastian and his friends head for the Wandering Mountains to speak with the Childlike Empress, who asks Bastian to find the Neverending Story using the Auryn. Falkor, Barky, the gnomes, and Rockbiter's son, Junior, help him, but a "wish overload" scatters across Earth, where Barky ends up in a conifer forest, Falkor saves Junior from falling to his death near Mount Rushmore, and the gnomes arrive in Nome, Alaska. Bastian locates Falkor and Junior, and Falkor flies off to find the others while Junior stays at Bastian's house. Rockbiter sadly informs his wife that Junior is gone, and the Nasties provoke them to quarrel.
Nicole takes the Auryn from Bastian's room, discovers its wishing abilities, and takes it on a shopping trip to the local mall. Bark Troll arrives at Bastian's house disguised as a garden plant, while the Gnomes are mailed to him in a box. The reunited group go in search of Nicole, but the Nasties find the Auryn first, whereupon giant crustacean creatures appear in Fantasia to kill the Empress and her advisors. Everyone in the mall turns evil, including Mr. Coreander and Bastian's parents. Bastian is struck by lightning, and begins to succumb to the wills of the Nasties, but Nicole saves him, and Bastian recovers the Auryn and the book in a fight. The Fantasians return to Fantasia, which is restored to its former magnificence. Bastian and Nicole manage to keep their parents from divorcing, and Junior is reunited with his parents. Nicole and Bastian return to school the next day and find that Bastian has changed Slip and the Nasties into friendly classmates, and Bastian returns the Neverending Story to Mr. Coreander.
- Jason James Richter as Bastian Balthazar Bux
- Melody Kay as Nicole Baxter, Bastian's stepsister
- Jack Black as Slip ("The Nasty"), the leader of the Nasties
- Freddie Jones as Carl Conrad Coreander, a former local librarian; Old Man of Wandering Mountain
- Julie Cox as The Childlike Empress
- Moya Brady as Urgl
- Tony Robinson as Engywook
- Tracey Ellis as Jane Bux, Bastian's stepmother
- Kevin McNulty as Barney Bux, Bastian's father
- Frederick Warder as Rockbiter
- William Todd-Jones as Mrs. Rockbiter
- Dave Forman as Rockbiter Jr.
- Gordon Robertson as Falkor
- Kaefan Shaw as Bark Troll
- Mark Acheson as the Janitor
|Music From & Inspired By The Neverending Story III: Here Come The Fantasians|
|Soundtrack album by |
|The Neverending Story soundtrack chronology|
|1.||"The Neverending Story"||Giorgio Moroder , Keith Forsey||Real Im-Pact||3:36|
|2.||"Give Peace A Chance (Single Mix)"||Attack II, Buzz Gardner, Tom Jaques G. Cain, T. Adler (Leon), Steve Pool, Tom Card, Eric Trinkaus||Intermission||3:52|
|3.||"Games People Play"||Joe South||Inner Circle||3:26|
|4.||"Girly Girl"||Luci Van Org, Goldkind, Ash Wednesday||Lucilectric||3:13|
|5.||"Crash! Boom! Bang!"||Per Gessle||Roxette||4:25|
|6.||"Kiss From A Rose"||Seal||Seal||4:47|
|7.||"Mission Of Love (Radio Edit)"||Toby Gad, Jacqueline Némorin||Nemorin||3:33|
|8.||"Heart Of Stone"||David A. Stewart, Shara Nelson||Dave Stewart||4:36|
|9.||"Shortcut To Forever"||Peter Wolf, Ina Wolf||Phillip Ingram & Siedah Garrett||3:31|
|10.||"Fantasian Homecoming"||Wolf||The Munich Symphony Orchestra||2:50|
|11.||"I'm A Stoneman"||Torsten Börger, Claudia A. Wohlfromm||The Stoneman||3:22|
|12.||"United (Radio Edit)"||Alex Christensen, Frank Peterson, Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette||Prince Ital Joe feat. Marky Mark||4:02|
|13.||"Hand In Hand"||Attack II, Tom Card, Steve Pool, Tom Jaques G. Cain, Th. Adler, Erik Trinkaus||Ophelia||4:07|
|14.||"Back & Forth (LP Version)"||R. Kelly||Aaliyah||3:51|
|15.||"Fire"||Alex Auer, Hans Mappes, Maik Hahn, Rod Gammons||Shyboy||3:38|
|16.||"How, How (The Pre Mix)"||Boris Blank, Dieter Meier||Yello||5:54|
|17.||"Nasty World"||Börger, Wohlfromm, Windsor Robinson||Real Im-Pact||4:05|
|18.||"Dream On (The Neverending Story)"||Gad, Némorin||Nemorin||3:52|
|19.||"Born To Be Wild"||Bonfire||The Stoneman||3:38|
|20.||"Shortcut To Forever"||Peter Wolf, Ina Wolf||The Munich Symphony Orchestra||2:38|
Variety stated: "The NeverEnding Story lives up to its title in the worst way possible with this third outing, a charmless, desperate reworking of the franchise that might just as well be subtitled 'Bastian Goes to High School'".
By late December 1994, the film grossed $5 million in Germany.