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The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Following the surprisingly successful children's fantasy [[Feature~V34833~The Neverending Story~theneverendingstory]] (1984), this lesser sequel presents the further adventures of the young boy Bastian in the magical land of Fantasia. Bastian ([[Performer~P8069~Jonathan Brandis~jonathanbrandis]]) 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 ([[Performer~P9783~Clarissa Burt~clarissaburt]]), 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, [[Feature~V132245~The Never Ending Story 3: Escape from Fantasia~theneverendingstoryiii:escapefromfantasia]], to follow three years later. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast

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
Rob Morton
as Police Officer
Hank McCann
Colin Gilder
as Rockbiter Junior
Birge Schade
as Windbride

Crew

George Miller
Director
Dieter Geissler
Producer
Michael Ende
Book Author
Karin Howard
Screenwriter
David Connell
Cinematographer
Robert Folk
Composer (Music Score)
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Blunden
Editor
Peter Hollywood
Editor
Robert Laing
Production Designer
Bob Laing
Production Designer
Götz Weidner
Production Designer
Bodo Scriba
Co-producer
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
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