The NeverEnding Story

Theatrical Release: July 20, 1984
DVD Release: June 15, 1991
The NeverEnding Story


When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreams that turning a page will draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luck dragons, puckish elves, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter.

Dove Review

“Without imagination and dreams there is nothing.” This is the premise of this fantasy-filled movie. Bastian is going through some things in his life and his father truly does not understand him. He has problems at school with some other boys, and one day when trying to escape their bullying finds himself in a book shop. There he “borrows” a book that takes him on an adventure he could never have imagined.

This movie highlights that without dreams and fantasy, the world would have nothing and it would be the end of humankind as we know it. It also shows the importance of how reading influences the world of hopes and imagination. As Bastian represents the young of our world who will build our future, it truly is a never-ending story.

The Dove Family Approved Seal is awarded to this movie.

Content Description

Sex: none
Language: Comment about "poop."
Violence: Boys bullying another and put him in a dumpster; a horse drowns in mud; rocks falling on others; monster chasing young boy.
Drugs: none
Nudity: Sphinx statues with bare breasts.
Other: Boy takes book without permission; boy hides in an attic.


Company: Warner Brothers
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 102 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe