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    Updated on 7 Sep 2018. Posted on 7 Sep 2018

    We Need To Talk About Artax In "The Neverending Story"

    This movie fucked me up for life.

    Hello. Let me take you on a trip down memory lane. Pack the tissues – you're gonna need them.

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    We're going deep into your childhood trauma today. You know what I'm talking about.

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    Yep, The Neverending Story. You know, that magical tale of luck dragons, magic – AND DESPAIR.

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    It's all because of one specific scene – when the hero Atreyu enters the Swamp of Sadness with his beloved horse, Artax.

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    Atreyu is protected from the Swamp of Sadness by the Auryn that the Childlike Empress gave him, but Artax has no such luck. He soon becomes stuck.

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    Atreyu desperately struggles to free him, but Artax just sinks deeper and deeper.

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    It's an absolutely horrific scene, and it's made even worse when you realise that Artax is being swallowed by his own despair.

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    The Swamp of Sadness does what it says on the label – overwhelms its victims with hopelessness and depression, so they lose the will to go on.

    Honestly, it fucked up an entire generation.

    therapist: so where did your problems begin? me:

    If you don’t ugly cry (with snot bubbles) when Atreyu's horse Artax surrenders his life to the swamp of sadness, then you can never tell your friends “it’s real”.

    If I say the names Atreyu and Artax and tears don't immediately well up in your eyes, you're too young

    I’m 40 years old but I will still bawl at Atreyu and Artax.

    remember in The Neverending Story when Atreyu and his horse Artax get into the Swamp of Sadness AND ARTAX JUST DECIDED HE’S SAD AND GETS SWALLOWED UP BY THE SWAMP. i’m sure 87% of my depression is from that scene. it still haunts me to this day. https://t.co/eP4nM7gpHK

    10 SADDEST MOVIE SCENES OF ALL TIME, RANKED: 10. You can’t 09. Rank 08. The sadness 07. Of movies 06. In a list 05. Because everyone 04. Experiences art 03. In an individual and 02. Personal way 01. Artax drowning in front of Atreyu

    you can lead a horse to water but MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE LED ARTAX TO THE SINKING SWAMP OF SADNESS, ATREYU, YOU DUMB SHIT.

    Atreyu screaming "ARTAAAAAAX" will haunt me to my grave.

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    But hey! At least he comes back to life in the end!

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    Yeah, nah, I'm still not over it.

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