Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday: The Neverending Story Picture Album

The Neverending Story Picture Album: Based on the Movie by Michael Teitelbaum. A Golden Book, Western Publishing, 1984.

I was thinking about the movie The Neverending Story this weekend. It was another favorite of mine when I was little.

Several years ago, I finally sought out the original novel on which the film is based. Michael Ende's book is beautifully complex, and the movie only touches on the first half. I should re-read it, and write a post about the book on its own.

However, this is an Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday post, about things from my childhood I muse about over the weekend. And with that, may I present The Neverending Story Picture Album, one of those cheap 8x8 picture book tie-ins. It isn't much in the way of story - it's only the first part of the movie, and contains only scenes from Fantasia. No Bastian, no magical book to be found.

Confession: I really wanted to look like the Childlike Empress from this movie.

Hey, look! It's all the Oompa-Loompas from Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, riding a snail. I wanted very much to travel by snail or a bat.

I had a crush on Noah Hathaway as Atreyu.

Oh, Artax...

Poor Artax.

Okay, this movie has everything: cute boys, a pretty horse, bats and snails for riding, gnomes, magic books!!!.

But here's the number one reason I loved this movie as a kid: Falkor, the Luck Dragon! Who wouldn't want a kindly furry luck dragon? Never mind the snail and bat, I want to travel by luck dragon.

Really, between Falkor and Pegasus from Clash of the Titans, my daydreams as a kid were filled with flying on the backs of large pretty white things.

Um, even by the movie standards, this is not the ending. Hahahaha!

I'll leave you with the song, because it still makes me happy. (According to Spotify, it still makes many, many people happy.)

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