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The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter Details


Following the surprisingly successful children's fantasy (1984), this lesser sequel presents the further adventures of the young boy Bastian in the magical land of Fantasia. Bastian (Jonathan Brandis) returns to this kingdom of the imagination, reached through a magical antique book, to escape from his unpleasant life as a social outcast with a distant father. Unfortunately, things aren't so great in Fantasia either, which is under attack by the sorceress Xayide (Clarissa Burt), and Fantasia's young leader soon recruits Bastian to help win the battle for their world. Several memorable creatures return from the first film, including the Rock Biter and the Luck Dragon, and a number of other strange beasts make appearances along the way. However, the plot often relies on stale fairy-tale elements that make the sequel feel substantially less original than the fresh and unexpectedly charming original. However, enough children were entertained by the special effects and the simple story of good-versus-evil for a third installment, Clarissa Burt, to follow three years later. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:February 8, 1991


Jonathan Brandis
as Bastian Bux
Clarissa Burt
as Xayide
Alexandra Johnes
as Childlike Empress
Martin Umbach
as Nimbly
Helena Michell
as Bastian's Mother
Christopher Burton
as Tri Face
Thomas Hill
as Koreander
Hank McCann
Birge Schade
as Windbride
Colin Gilder
as Rockbiter Junior
Rob Morton
as Police Officer
Colin Gilder
as Rockbiter Junior
Birge Schade
as Windbride


George Miller
Dieter Geissler
Michael Ende
Book Author
Karin Howard
David Connell
Robert Folk
Composer (Music Score)
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Blunden
Peter Hollywood
Robert Laing
Production Designer
Bob Laing
Production Designer
Götz Weidner
Production Designer
Bodo Scriba
Klaus Kahler
Associate Producer
Tim Hampton
Executive Producer
Heidi Wujek
Costume Designer
Heidi Weber
Costume Designer
Giuseppe Tortora
Special Effects
Colin Arthur
Special Effects
David Worley
Camera Operator
Graham Ludlow
Production Assistant
Gordon Mark
Unit Production Manager