neverending story

The movie of the Neverending Story has the exact opposite message of the book. 

The book of the Neverending Story is actually about how imagination and losing yourself in fantasy worlds are actually really terrible because they make you forget the real world and what’s important. The movie ends at the halfway point of the book, but I suppose getting a happy ending is only a question of where you choose to stop telling the story. 

In the book, our young hero discovers that his wishes and daydreams extract a horrible price: each wish causes him to lose memories of the real world and his real life. At one point, he discovers an island full of demented, lunatic wretches who don’t remember anything about their lives, and he is horrified to discover they were all former “Chosen Ones,” from the real world, just like him. 

Whew! Okay so here’s a little scene that’s meant to be part of a larger sequence where Atreyu and Artax are searching for a way to cure the Childlike Empress and stop the Nothing. (Before they enter the Swamps of Sadness and Artax dies.)

I’m going to cut about 90% of this from the final montage, but it was fun to explore the creepy snakes! Also, I think I’m falling in love with snakes and horses. That always seems to happen when I do visual research on a new topic…

Anyway, I cheated a lot of the spatial relationships in this… It felt like a justified sacrifice for visual drama, but I’m curious if anyone finds it jarring or bothersome. Let me know!

I’ll be posting more thumbnails and rough boards on my instagram

The Signs as Iconic Monsters From 1980s Fantasy Films

Aries: the Skeksis

Taurus: the Red Bull

Gemini: the Eborsisk

Cancer: Beetlejuice

Leo: Ludo

Virgo: the Ohmu

Libra: the Luckdragon

Scorpio: the Horrible Will Vinton Claymation Nome King

Sagittarius: the Horned King

Capricorn: That Beholder-Thingy Lo Pan Used

Aquarius: the Darkness/Tim Curry Satan

Pices: the Ray Harryhausen Kraken

Ophiuchus: the Rodents of Unusual Size

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F is for Falkor (The Neverending Story is a book too for those of you who weren’t aware!) Also made an edit to E is for Eragon so thought I’d re-post that. The composition was a little unbalanced before so I thought Saphira could use another wing:P  

Messing around some more with Falkor’s design. I feel comfortable enough with him being serious or stressed, but I’m having trouble capturing his joyful/playful side. And while I love the book’s descriptions of him laughing and “rolling his ruby-red eyes”, it’s hard to make red-eyes not seem evil!
Ideas/suggestions appreciated

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Can anyone explain this passage from The Neverending Story to me?

It runs like this:

“Falkor,” Atreyu asked, “do you suppose the Childlike Empress cares what becomes of Bastian?”

“Maybe not,” said Falkor. “She draws no distinctions.”

“Then,” said Atreyu, “she is really a …”

“Don’t say it,” Falkor broke in. “I know what you mean, but don’t say it.”

And I want to know what they’re talking about.  I’ve asked this question before and been told things like “Maybe we’re not supposed to know what they meant by that,” but I feel like there’s one really specific word or concept that must go there and I don’t know what it is.  And if I did know, it would make sense, but not knowing, it doesn’t.  And it’s been sort of lurking in the back of my mind making me think (but pretty futilely, because I can never come up with the answer to this riddle) ever since I first read the book as a teenager.

So does anyone know what was meant here?  Either the word, or the concept even?  Preferably a word, but even a concept would be better than nothing.