This movie should never have happened! The first Never Ending Story movie was awesome. The second movie wasn't good, but at least nowhere near THE ABOMINATION THAT THIS MOVIE WAS! CURSE THIS MOVIE AND IT'S CLICHE-LACED, AWFUL EFFECTS, FILLER-RIDDEN GARBAGE! Even from the beginning of this movie, I was already raising a ton of WTH (What the Heck) flags. The acting was horrendous. Terrible directing. The effects look worse than the first two movies. The characters are no longer interesting and their personalities are all screwed up (ex. Falkor the Lovedragon used to be wise and helpful, but here, he's an emotional train wreck and he looks like roadkill). Jason James Richter's (Free Willy) and Jack Black's (School of Rock) talents is wasted in this miserable turkey of a film. Also, nothing about the characters are either entertaining, salvageable, or NOT STINKING ANNOYING! Atreiou wasn't even in the stinking movie (Replaced by Bark Troll, who is disposable). The child-like empress seemed older than she should be. The rock-biters looked like badly-done play dough projects. The soundtrack was forgettable (they even changed the song. GRRRR!). Pointless and pathetic moments like, a rock-biter singing "Born to be Wild" (I don't even need to comment on that rubbish). The villains were stupid. The plot STINKING SUCKED! The jokes didn't work. Also, why is Bastian hiding the magical creatures from his parents? In the second movie, his dad found out about the book's magic, so don't you think he would be okay with that? Well, they forget about that established plot line, FOR THE PURPOSES OF PLOT CONVENIENCES AND TIME FILLERS. MY GOD, IS THIS MOVIE AWFUL! Another thing that ticks me off is that this is called: Never Ending Story 3. But, where's the STORY?! (There is none, just exposition). Anyway, if you wanna watch a good fantasy movie, watch the first movie, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, or (as anyone would put it) ANYTHING ELSE!!! If you are a true Never Ending Story fan, and you've seen the first film (and possibly the second), do yourself an enormous favor and stay away from this ghastly excuse for a third film. In the words of Gene Siskel, from his review of North. "It's junk. first-class junk".