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15 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Childhood Film, "The Neverending Story"


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2. Noah Hathaway, the actor who played Atreyu, actually had a really bad horse-riding accident just before shooting began.

He had to spend two months in the hospital recovering from a crushed vertebra after a horse fell on top of him.

4. Also, it took about 25 people to puppeteer Falkor altogether.

The director, Wolfgang Peterson, commented, "One person was responsible for operating Falkor’s nose, one for eyebrows, one for the upper lip, and one for the lower lip."


6. The scenes in the Swamps of Sadness took two months to film...

And that was only a fraction of the entire film shoot, which lasted a whole year.

7. ...and at a cost of $130,000 a day!

The swamp was made entirely inside a soundstage at Bavaria Film Studios.


9. The original, German theatrical release of the film has a much more serious-looking intro, with credits over black.

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You can see a side-by-side comparison of screen shots from the original German release with the American release here.

11. At the time, it was the most expensive film production made in German history.

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It cost $25 million to make in 1984 or, according to my very scientific inflation calculations, probably like $100 million today (do NOT take my word for it though).

12. Steven Spielberg was given Auryn (Atreyu's necklace) by director Wolfgang Peterson as a "thank you" gift for his help with the film.

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Peterson credits Spielberg with the helping out during editing of the film in order to make it appeal more to American audiences.