Tales from the Neverending Story

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Tales from the
Neverending Story
Tales from the Neverending Story Vol. 1 DVD cover
Starring Mark Rendall
Tyler Hynes
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (television movies' version) / 13 [1] (list of episodes)
Original network HBO
Original releaseOctober 1, 2001 (2001-10-01) 
January 1, 2002 (2002-01-01)
Related shows The NeverEnding Story (film)
External links
Production website

Tales from the Neverending Story is a one season-only TV series that is loosely based on Michael Ende's 1979 novel The Neverending Story , produced (in Montreal, Quebec, Canada during December 2000-August 2002 [1] ) and distributed by Muse Entertainment, and aired on HBO in 2002. It was aired as 4 two-hour television movies in the US and as a TV series of 13 one-hour episodes in the UK. [1] The first two television movies were released on DVD and VHS in 2002, followed by a complete series box set in 2004.


Departing from the canon of the 1979 novel The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, the overall story in the series explored the origin story of how Bastian discovers Fantasia from an even greater point of divergence from Michael Ende's novel than the 1984, 1990, and 1994 Warner Brothers films had previously depicted.

Events from the novel occur out of order, and specific plot points are reversed between characters. For example; In the novel and films, it is Bastian who enters the world of Fantasia, but here it is Atreyu who enters Bastian's hole. The concept of Yin and yang is introduced by altering the nature of the Childlike Empress's relationship with Xayide. In the series they are sisters with opposing ideologies. The Old Man of Wandering Mountain also takes on a larger role in the series becoming a mentor of sorts to Atreyu in much the same way as Karl Konrad Koreander is for Bastian.

The series also introduces new supporting characters. Lucas and Marley are Bastian's friends who try to defend him from school bullies, and Fly Ry is a heroine whom Atreyu meets who is on her own Quest. "Tales from The Neverending Story" is the first live action adaption not to feature the characters of Nighthob, Teeny-Weeny, or Rockbiter.


US Version

  1. The Beginning - Part 1
  2. The Gift - Part 2
  3. Badge of Courage - Part 3
  4. Resurrection - Part 4

UK Version

  1. Heart of Stone - Episode 1 (Pilot)
  2. The Nothing - Episode 2
  3. The Luckdragon - Episode 3
  4. Deleting Mr. Blank - Episode 4
  5. The Gift of the Name - Episode 5
  6. Home Sweet Home - Episode 6
  7. The Sceptre - Episode 7
  8. The Luck Stops Here - Episode 8
  9. Badge of Courage - Episode 9
  10. Deus Ex Machina - Episode 10
  11. Stairway to Heaven - Episode 11
  12. The Visitor - Episode 12
  13. Resurrection - Episode 13 (Finale)


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