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THE NEVERENDING STORY [NEVERENDING STORY 30TH]

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THE NEVERENDING STORY [NEVERENDING STORY 30TH]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 94m 3s

BBFCInsight mild scary and emotional scenes

Genre(s) Fantasy, Children, Adventure

Director(s) Wolfgang Petersen

Cast includes Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 01/09/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE NEVERENDING STORY is a children’s fantasy film, based on the book by Michael Ende, about a lonely boy who becomes a hero inside a magical storybook land of adventure.

Threat

The film has moments of mild scariness and threat throughout that carry the adventure along and illustrate the themes of the power of imagination, self-esteem and resourcefulness. These moments are balanced by the reassurance provided in the young lead characters prevailing against the odds, or being helped and protected by friendly, magical creatures such as the Luck Dragon.

In the land of Fantasia, the brave hero Atreyu is stalked and threatened on occasion by a snarling, talking wolf sent to stop him fulfilling his quest to save the realm from 'The Nothing'. The wolf is heard growling, and seen baring his long fangs and flashing his eyes as he hides in the shadows.

There is a potentially upsetting scene when Atreyu’s horse sinks slowly and then is lost in the Swamps of Sadness, as the hero cries and begs his friend not to give up. This emotional sequence is intercut with footage of the real life boy weeping as he reads this part of the story, which increases the intensity of the moment. The horse and his master are happily reunited at the end of the film, when the hero successfully completes his mission and saves the land.

Disturbing images

At one point there is very brief sight of the blackened face of a knight who has been killed by fantastical creatures, but the man’s metal helmet obscures almost all detail. Some younger children may also find the abstract images of ‘The Nothing’ (represented by swirling black thunderclouds) slightly unsettling.

Bad language is confined to one use of ‘jerk’, used by bullies who briefly torment the hero at the start of the film.

Details

Title
THE NEVERENDING STORY
Title Information
NEVERENDING STORY 30TH
Year
2014
Distributor(s)
Warner Home Video Ltd
Classified date(s)
06/10/2014
Main language
English
Submitted run time
94m 3s
BBFC reference
EVF012828
Remarks
Widescreen

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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