I watched the 1984 film adaptation of The Neverending Story countless times as a kid, but what I realised while rewatching it the other day is just how many things my younger self didn't quite understand about it.
Here's a list
*The Childlike Empress is just that, "childlike" and not actually meant to be a child. A small distinction, maybe, but one that I never really thought about in depth when I was younger.
* Atreyu's horse is named Artax and not Hortax, like I thought...
* The name Bastian calls out to be the new name for The Childlike Empress is "Moon Child". I honestly could never understand what he was shouting and I kind of wish it had of stayed that way. "Moon Child" is not a name, or if it is, it's a rubbish one.
* As a kid the concept of "The Nothing" really isn't too scary, you haven't really experienced enough to be truly horrified by it all being taken away, as an adult though. Well. That's another matter.
*Even though Gmork (the wolf/monster thing) explains that he works for "The Nothing" and therefore isn't really the main bad guy, I definitely didn't see it that way. I think you needed a face for me to register your existence as a kid...
I'm sure there's more but those are the main things that stood out to me. The Neverending Story is a wonderful children's Fantasy film. I've owned the book by Michael Ende since the mid 90s but never managed to pick it. My main problem with it when I was younger, is that it didn't look like the beautiful leather bound edition, complete with Auryn, that the movie depicts, so I wanted nothing to do with it. I guess I was picky about my book aesthetics even back then. I really should move past my prejudices and give it a try some day soon though.