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After his father remarries, Bastian (Jason James Richter) has trouble dealing with hostile stepsister Nicole (Melody Kay). At school, Bastian is bullied by Skip (Jack Black) and his pals. Retreating to the library, he runs into old Mr. Coreander (Freddie Jones) and again starts reading "The Neverending Story," the book that transports him to Fantasia. Trouble ensues when Skip finds the volume and begins destroying the fantasy kingdom, forcing Bastian to return to the real world to stop him.

Cast & Crew

Freddie Jones
Mr. Coreander, Old Man of Wandering Mountain
Julie Cox
The Empress
Nicole Parker
Nasty No. 1
Adrien Dorval
Nasty No. 2
Kaefan Shaw
Bark Troll
Frederick Warder
Mr. Rock Chewer - Felsenbeißer, Shopping Clerk
William Todd-Jones
Mrs. Rockchewer
David Forman
Junior Rockchewer
Danu Anthony
Samantha
Klaus Kähler
Associate Producer
Jeff Lieberman
Screenwriter
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Critic Reviews for The Neverending Story III: Escape From Fantasia

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  • Dec 12, 2013
    Oh dear God, The Neverending Story III is terrible! It starts out awful and doesn't lets up. Once again the series characters are reworked to be more cartoonish and silly. Nothing works and all continuity with the previous films is forgotten. The Neverending Story started out as a fantasy epic, but this installment is a ridiculous farce.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2012
    I'm just trying to understand why this movie was made with so little effort. The plot could have worked but these filmmakers totally trashed the lovable concept of the magical Neverending story. The magic that captured me in the first two movies is non existant in this one. I cherished The Neverending Story 1 and 2 when I was a child, and I remember these stories being much more tragic and more magical. In this movie they made the characters a whole lot more silly than they had to be, and they have totally changed the looks of the characters. For instance the stone people were ridiculus and reminded me about Henson's tv-series 'Dinosaurs'. Falcor's looks have totally changed, I'm wondering if they did burn the Falcor puppet from the other movies? The only thing I loved about this movie, was Jack Black's performance. If it wasn't for him I would rate this movie with 0%.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2011
    The original was pretty good but by the time they got to this one they weren't just scraping the bottom of the barrel they had scraped right through it into the dirt underneath and were heading straight for New Zealand. The main problem is that the vast bulk of the film is set in present day USA with a gang of high school bullies headed by snarling pantomime baddie, Jack Black, chasing Bastian and the cast of H.R. Puffnstuf around a shiny new shopping mall. So- if it's that bad why did I give it even 10% ? Well - the boy who plays Bastain is alright and Melody Kay puts in a good turn as his "evil" step-sister. Also, watch out for Julie Cox (Dune Mini-Series) as the Empress - on second thoughts - don't do that, just don't watch it.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2010
    The first Neverending Story was compelling, the second Neverending Story suffered from a derivative plot, but at least it had decent acting, and then we got yet another sequel known as The Neverending Story III. This movie continues the adventures of Bastian Bux. Now a teenager, he goes to high school only to meet a bunch of bullies known as the Nasties. He hides in the school library and opens the Neverending Story to transport himself back to Fantasia, unaware that the Nasties has found the book and now have control over his story. With a lot of help from his friends from the first two movies, Bastian must find a way to stop the Nasties from causing havoc and chaos in their own worlds. What's my opinion for this movie? Well, unlike the first two movies, this one doesn't even hold the candle to the first. Aside from the plot holes, clichés and weak storytelling, I think that the characters were very likable. Jason James Richter (Free Willy) was very decent as Bastian just like Jonathan Brandis from the second movie. Melody Kay did OK as Bastian's stepsister. Jack Black (School of Rock, Shark Tale, and Kung Fu Panda) as the leader of the Nasties, on the other hand, was I think considered to be one of the best performances in this movie. Don't get me wrong. It's still written terribly, but I think he had a lot of fun with this role. The music score by Peter Folk was the best moment in this movie along with the pop songs in the ending credits. Long story short, it wasn't good nor bad either. It was just very mediocre for a friendly family sequel to a great movie, but at least it had character development. 5/10
    Gavin C Super Reviewer

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