The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter
|The NeverEnding Story II:
The Next Chapter
US theatrical release poster
|Directed by||George T. Miller|
|Produced by||Dieter Geissler|
|Screenplay by||Karin Howard|
|Based on||The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende
John Wesley Shipp
Alaïs Angélique Adell
|Music by||Robert Folk
|Edited by||Chris Blunden
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$56.4 million|
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter is a 1990 German/American fantasy film and sequel to The NeverEnding Story. It was directed by George T. Miller and starred Jonathan Brandis as Bastian Bux, Kenny Morrison as Atreyu, and Alexandra Johnes as the Childlike Empress. The only actor to return from the first film was Thomas Hill as Mr. Koreander.
Upon its American theatrical release in 1991, the Bugs Bunny animated short "Box-Office Bunny" was shown before the film. This short was also included on the VHS and Laserdisc release later that year.
Bastian Bux (Jonathan Brandis) is having troubles at home: his father Barney's (John Wesley Shipp) busy workload is keeping him from consoling Bastian's fear of heights. Bastian flees from his problems to an old bookstore when he hears the Childlike Empress (Alexandra Johnes) summon him to save Fantasia. There, he reunites with Atreyu (Kenny Morrison) Falkor (voiced by Donald Arthur), and Rock Biter and meets a new character: a talking bird-like creature named Nimbly (Martin Umbach). Bastian now faces "the Emptiness", created by the evil sorceress Xayide (Clarissa Burt) and her mechanical "giants". Because Bastian is capable of stopping her, she has a machine constructed in which each time he makes a wish to AURYN, it will strip him of a memory. After Bastian and Atreyu confront Xayide at her castle, she feigns surrender and persuades Bastian to make a series of ridiculous wishes. Upon reading the NeverEnding Story, Barney is surprised to see his son's exploits therein. As he follows Bastian's journey through the book, Atreyu realizes he must stop Bastian before Xayide's hold over him becomes too strong to break. This leads to a fight between the two boys, whereafter Bastian finds the machine collecting his memories and confirms Atreyu's suspicion. Bastian tries to use Atreyu's horse Artax follow Atreyu and Falkor, but is nearly killed by Xayide, and later directed by Nimbly to the correct location. Once there, Bastian sacrifices his memory of his beloved mother to wish Atreyu back to life. Xayide appears and urges him to use his final wish to return home; but he instead wishes her to show compassion, whereupon she destroys herself and restores Fantasia. When thanked by the Childlike Empress, Bastian is able to face his fear of heights by jumping off a high cliff, thus returning home safely. Before the end credits, AURYN reappears on the front cover of the Neverending Story's book.
- Jonathan Brandis as Bastian Bux
- Kenny Morrison as Atreyu
- Clarissa Burt as Xayide
- John Wesley Shipp as Barney Bux
- Alexandra Johnes as Childlike Empress
- Thomas Hill as Mr. Koreander
- Donald Arthur as Falkor (voice)
- Faye Adell as Little Prince Olgamar
- Martin Umbach as Nimbly
- J. Michael Haney, Jr. as Young Bastian
The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from movie critics. The film received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Richard Harrington's review for the Washington Post was typical of the largely negative reaction to the film, "Unlike its predecessor, there are few effects in 'II' worthy of being called special, and events unfold with uniform flatness. Silver City feels like Diet Oz, the sorceress's castle is more hinted at than realized and several new creatures are right out of late-night comedy sketches".
The film was a box office bomb in the United States, grossing only $17 million. However, it was a box office success worldwide, earning a total of $56.4 million against a budget of $36 million.
- The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter at the Internet Movie Database
- The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter at AllMovie
- The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter at Rotten Tomatoes