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The NeverEnding Story III
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter MacDonald
Produced by
  • Heinz Bibo
  • Dieter Geissler
  • Tim Hampton
  • Klaus Kaehler
  • Harry Nap
  • Harold Lee Tichenor
Screenplay by Jeff Lieberman
Story by Karin Howard
Music by Peter Wolf
Cinematography Robin Vidgeon
Editing by
  • Michael Bradsell
  • Jim Roddan
Studio CineVox Filmproduktion
Distributed by
Release date(s) October 27, 1994 (1994-10-27) (Germany)
February 2, 1996 (1996-02-02) (United States; limited)
Running time 95 minutes
  • Germany
  • United States
Language English
Money made $5 million (Germany)

The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia (also known as: The NeverEnding Story III: Return to Fantasia) is a 1994 German-American film. It is the third and final film in franchise. It starred Jason James Richter as Bastian Balthazar Bux, and Jack Black in one of his early roles as the school bully, Slip. This film primarily used the characters from Michael Ende's novel The Neverending Story (1979), but introduced a new storyline. It was an international coproduction between the United States and Germany.

The special creature effects were provided by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.


In a prologue, the Old Man of Wandering Mountain reads from a large book, begins to record a prophecy of a day when "The Nasty" will arrive in Fantasia, and describes the savior of "Extraordinary Courage".

Bastian Balthazar Bux has grown older, and his father Barney has married a woman named Jane, and moved into her house in a new neighborhood. Jane's daughter Nicole is displeased at having a new family. Bastian has also started high school, where he has become a victim of the Nasties, a quintet of bullies led by Slip. Bastian arranges for them to be expelled with the help of the janitor after the Nasties trap him in the boiler room.

He later flees to the library, where he is surprised to find Carl Conrad Coreander and the Neverending Story. The Nasties locate him, but he uses the book to escape to Fantasia, where he is reunited with Falkor, Engywook and Urgl. On Earth, the Nasties find the Neverending Story and use it to bombard Fantasia with fireballs and a storm. With wooden Bark Troll, Bastian and his friends head for the Wandering Mountains to speak with the Childlike Empress, who asks Bastian to find the Neverending Story using the Auryn. Falkor, Barky, the gnomes, and Rockbiter's son, Junior, help him, but a "wish overload" scatters them all across Earth, where Barky ends up in a conifer forest, Falkor saves Junior from falling to his death near Mount Rushmore, and the gnomes arrive in Nome, Alaska. Bastian locates Falkor and Junior, and Falkor flies off to find the others while Junior stays at Bastian's house. Rockbiter sadly informs his wife that Junior is gone, and the Nasties provoke them to quarrel.

Nicole takes the Auryn from Bastian's room, discovers its wishing abilities, and takes it on a shopping trip to the local mall. Bark Troll arrives at Bastian's house disguised as a garden plant, while the Gnomes are mailed to him in a box. The reunited group go in search of Nicole, but the Nasties find the Auryn first, whereupon giant crustacean creatures appear in Fantasia to kill the Empress and her advisors. Everyone in the mall turns evil, including Mr. Coreander and Bastian and Nicole’s parents. Bastian is struck by lightning, and begins to succumb to the wills of the Nasties, but Nicole saves him, and Bastian recovers the Auryn and the book in a fight. The Fantasians return to Fantasia, which is restored to its former magnificence. Bastian and Nicole manage to keep their parents from divorcing, and Junior is reunited with his parents. Nicole and Bastian return to school the next day and find that Bastian has changed Slip and the Nasties into friendly classmates, and Bastian returns the Neverending Story to Mr. Coreander.


  • Jason James Richter as Bastian Balthazar Bux
  • Melody Kay as Nicole Baxter, Bastian's stepsister
  • Jack Black as Slip ("The Nasty"), the leader of the Nasties
  • Freddie Jones as Carl Conrad Coreander, a former local librarian; Old Man of Wandering Mountain
  • Julie Cox as The Childlike Empress
  • Moya Brady as Urgl
  • Tony Robinson as Engywook
  • Tracey Ellis as Jane Bux, Bastian's stepmother
  • Kevin McNulty as Barney Bux, Bastian's father
  • Frederick Warder as Mr. Rockbiter Sr.
  • William Todd-Jones as Mrs. Rockbiter
  • Dave Forman as Mr. Rockbiter Jr.
  • Gordon Robertson as Falkor
  • Kaefan Shaw as Bark Troll
  • Mark Acheson as the Janitor
  • Ryan Bollman as Dog, a member of the Nasties
  • Carole Finn as Marcia/Mookie, a member of the Nasties and Slip's girlfriend
  • Nicole Parker as Coil, a member of the Nasties
  • Adrien Dorval as Rage, a member of the Nasties


  • William Hootkins as Bark Troll; Falkor
  • Mac McDonald as Mrs. Rockbiter
  • Gary Martin as Rockbiter; Mr. Rockchewer; Junior Rockchewer


Music From & Inspired By The Neverending Story III: Here Come The Fantasians
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released 1994
Genre Pop
Length 1:17:53
Label WEA
The Neverending Story soundtrack chronology
The Neverending Story II - The Next Chapter: Original Soundtrack
Music From & Inspired By The Neverending Story III: Here Come The Fantasians
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "The Neverending Story"   Real Im-Pact 3:36
2. "Give Peace A Chance (Single Mix)"   Intermission 3:52
3. "Games People Play"   Inner Circle 3:26
4. "Girly Girl"   Lucilectric 3:13
5. "Crash! Boom! Bang!"   Roxette 4:25
6. "Kiss From A Rose"   Seal 4:47
7. "Mission Of Love (Radio Edit)"   Nemorin 3:33
8. "Heart Of Stone"   Dave Stewart 4:36
9. "Shortcut To Forever"   Phillip Ingram & Siedah Garrett 3:31
10. "Fantasian Homecoming"   The Munich Symphony Orchestra 2:50
11. "I'm A Stoneman"   The Stoneman 3:22
12. "United (Radio Edit)"   Prince Ital Joe feat. Marky Mark 4:02
13. "Hand In Hand"   Ophelia 4:07
14. "Back & Forth (LP Version)"   Aaliyah 3:51
15. "Fire"   Shyboy 3:38
16. "How, How (The Pre Mix)"   Yello 5:54
17. "Nasty World"   Real Im-Pact 4:05
18. "Dream On (The Neverending Story)"   Nemorin 3:52
19. "Born To Be Wild"   The Stoneman 3:38
20. "Shortcut To Forever"   The Munich Symphony Orchestra 2:38
Total length:
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