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THE NEVERENDING STORY III - 1 Slime
Rated G
Copyright 1994 Warner Bros.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 25 August 2002

The Characters:  

  • Bastian - Jason James Richter! Despite numerous excursions into a world of pure fantasy and developing many friends there, he still cannot interact with real people. The lad behaves like he might have a crush on his stepsister.
  • Nicole - She is part of the "in crowd," which means her leisure time is spent staring vacantly at MTV programming.
  • Barney & Jane - The newly remarried parents. She is a waffling stepmother while Barney's home defense plan needs a shotgun added, because trying to tackle an intruder is going to get him killed.
  • Mr. Koreander - Freddie Jones! He donated his book store to the public school system, himself included.
  • Falkor - The poor luck dragon has become inexplicably stupid, just like Brak.
  • Barky - Walking tree who acts as if he were a lounge comic.
  • Engywook and Urgl - Now the two gnomes are Scottish (or Irish). They also have permanently distended bladders.
  • Junior - A baby rock biter. He provides truly hideous comic relief to the already suffering film.
  • The Child-Like Empress - Well into her late teens and bossy too.
  • The Nasties - Lead by Jack Black! They are an unfriendly gang of hooligans with names like Slip, Dog, and Coil.

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The Plot: 

"The NeverEnding Story," "The Iron Giant," and "The Dark Crystal" are three of my favorite "kid" movies. While made to please a younger audience, all three works are intelligent and creative; an adult can enjoy them. Leaving the first NeverEnding Story to stand on its own would have been faintly poetic. That this needless sequel would sully the original's legacy (already smeared with mud from "The NeverEnding Story II"), is why I dislike it so. Hold that; the film is bad enough to merit loathing regardless.

The plot opens in a frosty chamber where the Historian of Fantasia, an old mentat, watches over an enchanted stylus. The writing instrument magically records the events of the imaginative realm, meaning that the chronicler's workload is on par with that of a Maytag repairman. The stylus begins to act erratically, leaving the Historian to gap impotently at its actions. Before I can worry about getting the washing machine fixed, we cut to Bastian fleeing from the Nasties. He ducks into the library and finds Mr. Koreander stocking books onto the shelves. Just in case you were disoriented, the movie now jumps into a flashback.

Bastian is still having a hard time coping with life. His father, a widower and single parent, finally found Jane, a widow and also a single parent, and the two fell in love. The marriage meant that Bastian had to move to a new school where they do not have an attic. It also earned him a truly abominable stepsister. Nicole appears to be making a dedicated effort of screwing with her new stepbrother's psyche. She constantly tells him how uncool he is and laments that her mother had to give up the sewing room (Bastian's new bedroom). The latter problem is confusing. The house is large, easily spacious enough that Jane can adopt four more brats and still have a sewing room.

The flashback seamlessly transitions into the present. Bastian is trapped in the library and uses the NeverEnding Story to flee his pursuers. He lands smack in the middle of Engywook's house. Meanwhile, Slip discovers the book and begins manipulating the story to include nastiness. Pyrotechnics rock the forest where Bastian, Barky, and the gnomes are gathered. Then Falkor crashes to earth after a microburst sends him out of control. The only chance is to load all assembled onto the dragon and make for the Mystic Mountains, there to find the Child-Like Empress; they do so without delay.

To recap the movie so far: Bastian's father remarried, Bastian now has a rotten stepsister, a group of miscreants have the book, and bad things are happening in Fantasia. I had not realized prior to this that reading the magical book gives you the power to change the story. How is that?

Nobody needs reminding that Fantasia is the realm of human fantasy; it is made of people's hopes and dreams. Anyone would be daft to claim that everyone's dreams are good. As a result, there have been evil influences before. Charles Manson, H.R. Giger, H.P. Lovecraft - all these people have been host to twisted nightmares. Say that one person imagines a baneful dragon or Jack the Ripper. Ten others contribute valiant knights, magical swords, wise wizards, heroic police officers, and Sherlock Holmes. Good wins from sheer inertia; there are more fair dreams than foul, because most people are good at heart or not prone to hellish thoughts.

I could go on for a while, but we both know that you did not come here for philosophy.

Also in Fantasia is the Rock Biter family. Mr. Rock Biter wears a stone wife-beater, Mrs. Rock Biter has curlers in her metamorphic hair, and Junior wears a limestone diaper. A running gag of disturbing portent was made a part of the Rock Biter scenes. Let me say it this way: Mrs. Rock Biter asks her husband to get something for dinner (via his tricycle) from the Mountains of Destiny. He loads up, with Junior in the child seat, and starts pedaling. Junior sees a mangy rabbit creature in their path and yells, "Dada! Bunny!" They run it over! In fact, the Rock Biter family either kills a number of rabbits, or else maims the same individual over and over. I think this is supposed to be funny. It is frightening and obscene.

The Empress sends Bastian back to our world with the Auryn. He can stop the Nasties with its power. Falkor, Barky, Junior, and the gnomes are transported with the boy by accident, but scattered across the globe. Yes, the Luck Dragon tries to talk to a plane, the bark troll finds himself near a logging operation, and the gnomes are lost in Alaska. The last plot point offers a glaring case of product placement. If FedEx did not pay the producers, I am a monkey's uncle.

Falkor begins collecting the scattered Fantasians, though he only finds one (Junior, trying to eat Mount Rushmore). The others engineer their own transport to Bastian's house. Meanwhile, Nicole steals the Auryn so that she can use the wishes to go shopping. The Nasties know of the Auryn and its power, because they read about it in the book. The Nasties taking possession of the Auryn and using it to further screw with Bastian's life, in the real world, can be seen from a mile away. Slip even sends killer crawfish monsters to menace the Empress, thus revealing that he first saw "The Dark Crystal" while in New Orleans.

Uh, wait... ...when did a piece of imaginary jewelry gain power over reality? Argh! I give up. This movie is giving me a headache.

The dramatic confrontation between Bastian and the Nasties was so embarrassing that I covered my eyes. Bad enough the scriptwriters making Falkor say, "This is not my favorite part of the story." (a running gag) one more time. Nicole starts reading from the book, attributing Bastian with extraordinary skills in the martial arts. She mentions Van Damme! What self-respecting movie, that does not have Van Damme in it, mentions his name?

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Styling gel should be used with restraint.
  • The Labyrinth is merely a suburb of Fantasia. (So who dreamed up David Bowie?)
  • Confucius say: "Man with big head need thick skin."
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is more famous for great strength than Hercules or Atlas.
  • A real dragon can pass unnoticed down a city street, so long as the Chinese residents are celebrating.
  • Walking statues do not scratch wood floors.
  • An electrical transformer shorting out fifty yards away will knock you over.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 9 mins - Billy Jack flashback!
  • 14 mins - Why would you tell them your middle name?
  • 27 mins - They just flew into the Nothing...
  • 37 mins - I agree with Bastian; this does not make sense.
  • 43 mins - Dad knows about Fantasia you idiot. Wait, that was your second dad.
  • 59 mins - Punch him in the groin.
  • 61 mins - This teacher is out of her mind; punch her in the groin.
  • 71 mins - We could not figure out how to work a fruit cart into the scene, so here is our best substitute.
  • 77 mins - Thank goodness the title is a lie.

Quotes: 

  • Nicole: "My mom and your dad think you have gone bonkers. They're talking about having you committed to a mental institution. Oh well, at least my mom will get her sewing room back."
    Bastian: "Oh, very funny."
  • Empress: "Stop! We must not give in to the Nasty. Let the gnome speak."
    Urgl: "This better be good."
    Engywook: "Bastian's heart is strong, but he's not exactly Arnold Schwarzenegger in the muscle department, is he?"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note neverendingiii1.wav Koreander: "Every move you make is part of your story. Remember that the next time you pick your nose."
Green Music Note neverendingiii2.wav Bastian: "Falkor, land!"
Falkor: "Land? I can't land down there. I need a runway!"
Bastian: "Come on, you can land anyway. You're a luck dragon!"
Barky: "A luck dragon huh? If I was a luck dragon I'd be halfway to Vegas by now."
Engywook: "It's not a dragon; it's an overgrown pink poodle!"
Green Music Note neverendingiii3.wav Dog: "Yo, chief, what about the luck dragon?"
Falkor: "Uh-oh, this is not my favorite part of the story."
Slip: "Looks like he's out of luck."
Green Music Note neverendingiii4.wav Nicole: "All at once, it was as if Bastian was transformed into a deadly combination of Bruce Lee, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipneverendingiii1.mpg - 2.1m
Mr. Rock Biter is singing while taking Junior to the mountains and he runs over the poor rabbit. The creature is obviously a product of Jim Henson's company, because of its hoary appearance. The animal dies horribly, putrid guts squirted throughout its body cavity.

Nothing like a "G" movie to traumatize the kids.

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The NeverEnding Story III
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Scarecrow
The second movie was an attempt to "improve" on the second half of the book by Michael Ende (where Bastian travels into Fantasia and does stuff) by adding things and changing things till it was almost unrecognizable, and much worse. But at lease that sort of tried to stay inside the same universe as the first book. This third travesty just throws a bunch of crap together. I guess they figure kids don't need continuity or plotline.
The NeverEnding Story III
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by N-BUTTA


awww man!  this film is that thing they call "the s**t!"

i laughed and laughed at every stupid minute of this movie.  the music video with the rockbiters was great, the pinnacle scene in this oscar-award-winning classic.

Jack Black was pretty awesome in line-delivering, it seemed like he was improving 1/2 of everything=


funniest movie EVER!
The NeverEnding Story III
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
I just HAD to comment on this one.  What in the HELL happenend?!  I love the first film almost as much as Wizard of OZ and Willy Wonka for crying out loud!  What the...?  I'm, like, watching this clip over and over again laughing my a$$ off!  I must get this one!  Is the rest as hilariously bad?  

I had dismissed these as being to the original what MAC & ME (grooooan...) were to E.T.  Just dreadful ripoffs.  But this...looks like a hoot!  I think it would SCARE little kids...poor poor bunny!  LOL
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Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Fujur
Why is that almost no-one reads the book? Is far, far, far, far better. It even makes the first movie look like crap (minus the scene with the Old Morla). In fact, the movie was so bad that the author, Michael Ende, requested not to be  named on the credits. Among other things, I just don't understand why the movie makers didn't respected the fact that Bastian was a nerd and a fat with low selfsteem, and his interaction with the Neverending Story was the way he finally overcomes the depression caused by the death of his mother and forgives and understands his distanced father.
Sorry for the rant, but the book is so beautiful that I almost hate the movie, even though I loved it when I was 7.
The NeverEnding Story III
Reply #13. Posted on May 31, 2004, 12:04:31 AM by Beelzebub
  The girls in the Nasties were hot, especially the one with the tattoo.
The NeverEnding Story III
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ameyra Thsé
When it comes to movies and the original books, there are just two kinds : the good and the bad.
Take Lord of the Rings, the story is excellent, and I am not bothered by the fact the movie is different. Many things that worked in the book would not have worked in the movies.
Same goes for the first movie, it is very different, but I can stil look the movie and enjoy it as a movie.

There is however a difference between a director altering the book, and not reading the book, like is the case with The Neverending Story 3.

So these 'Nasties' (wow, what an original name....honestly, no self respecting gang would call themselves 'the nasty') make changes in the book?......How can the rewrite the book while it is already written? Are there empty pages or something?

The original Neverending story explains that it is impossible for a creature from Fantasia to go the real world, because they are imagination there, they can only go there as lies. Fantasians have no dimensional integrity in the real world.

Also, the childlike empress grew up? And what about the rule the rule one can only see her once as long as she is the one as she was named?

What I despise most, is this statement that there is something such as an 'evil' needing to be taken away from Fantasia. More than once the original story states that in the eyes of the Childlike Empress good and evil are the same, they are both part of her realm and the stories. Gmork, for example, was enprisoned by an evil force.

This movie seems like an absolute butchering of the original story, an abonimation, only for the purpose of money making.

Gmork said about Atréju, that if he went through the void, he would be used to make people believe they would need things they would not need for real, buy things they wouldn't need to buy....well, that is te case of the movies. The characters of the original story have all been pulled through the void and became lies, serving the purpose the bring money in the pockets of the producers.
The NeverEnding Story III
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Richard
Well I thought it was extraordianary.

Unfortunately, it was extraordinarily dreadful!!!
This is the worst sequel in the history of film making, worse than Beastmaster II.  The rock biter singing rock and roll?!!!  The child like empress goes on a shopping spree?!!! A little tip to the makers of great B-movies, never mix the fantasy world with the real world.  Never Ending Story II was not terrible, but a bit lacking in, oh, a plot.  But at least it wasn't a total butchery of Fantasia like this third one.  At least the third Beastmaster, in my opinion, more than redeemed that series.  You all should review Beastmaster III.
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Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jet
I've read the book, but I don't remember if I've seen the first two movies. I do remember seeing the third one, though, and I was majorly p-oed about it. For one thing... why in the blue hell did they change 'Fantastica' to 'Fantasia'?? Because it rolls off the tongue better? Yeesh. Just one of the thousands of signs that the filmmakers were stupid. The book was good, very much so. But this third movie, even when seen through the eyes of a six-year-old, is a slap in the face to whoever liked the book.
By the way, Ghidorah2000... the book also contained 'walking tree' characters. They were called Bark Trolls, but they didn't play a very big part in the story.
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