We rewatched the film after just starting the book, and I will agree it doesn’t have the same magic as an adult, especially given the possibilities that CG can produce these days. The amount of technical effort and practical effects is still amazing, though. That swamp! We even watched all the special features, and Michael Ende’s criticisms of the film was pretty funny. I didn’t realize the first film only made up half the book until Mr. Nem read facts listed at IMDB. Fortunately, I had seen Neverending Story 2 as a child and vaguely remember how it differs from the second half of the book. The first movie is still my favorite. Eta: one advantage of the film over the book is not having to read green text on a white page. The red text is alright, but the green text kills my eyes. Eta^2: and given the advancements in CG, it makes me wonder if this will be remade at some point. Hopefully Ende won’t roll in his grave at this attempt.