Tales from the Neverending Story

CBC (ended 2002)


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Twelve-year-old Bastian Balthazar Bux had lost the wonderful imagination he had as a child somewhere between growing older, watching TV, going to school and playing with his Gameboy. But when his mother dies suddenly, Bastian's limitless imagination is reborn. Bastian comes across a magical book, "The Neverending Story," in a curious little bookstore. The book is about a country called Fantasia. The adventure of a lifetime begins Atreyu finds himself in a battle against the sinister force of The Nothing. This terrible force threatens to destroy Fantasia and its ruler, the Childlike Empress. Only Atreyu, a 14-year-old Woodland boy and unlikely hero, can save her and find a cure for The Nothing. The story continues as Bastian reads it and both the real world and Fantasia are mixed together. Bastian's experiences in the real world; such as his mourning, his new, sometimes tumultuous life with his dad, his problems with a school bully and his terror of a new, sadistic substitute teacher, are mirrored by Atreyu's experiences in Fantasia. Along with Atreyu, Bastian overcomes obstacles, learns important life lessons, and gains insights that help him adjust to the sudden death of his mom. About Fantasia Fantasia is the whimsical kingdom of "The Neverending Story" that springs from Bastian's imagination. It is filled with magical cities, landscapes, plants and creatures as well as unforgettable characters, both good and evil. Bastian visits Fantasia to find solutions to his real world dilemmas. But malevolent forces of conformity and emptiness, embodied by The Nothing, threaten Fantasia's very existence. On the side of goodness and light is the Childlike Empress. She rules benevolently from the Ivory Tower and represents all the hopes and dreams of Fantasians. Lurking in the Seeing Hand Palace of the Dark City is her sister, Xayide, the Dark Princess. Her mission is to facilitate the spread of The Nothing by annihilating imagination, creativity and diversity from the world of Fantasia. Xayide knows that if people don't dream, don't create and don't hope they make better Drones, brainwashed, robot-like workers of the Dark City. The series can be shown as 13 one hour episodes or as 4 two hour movies.moreless