The NeverEnding Story parents guide

The NeverEnding Story

A never ending storybook literally takes a young boy to a new world.

Overall B-

A grief stricken boy is forced to face his fears when he becomes involved in the storyline of a magical book, which contains some dramatic and thematic elements inappropriate for young children.

Release date July 20, 1984

Violence C+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity A
Substance Use B+

Why is The NeverEnding Story rated PG? The MPAA rated The NeverEnding Story PG

Run Time: 92 minutes

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The NeverEnding Story
Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is The NeverEnding Story rated PG? The NeverEnding Story is rated PG by the MPAA

Overall: B-
A grief stricken boy is forced to face his fears when he becomes involved in the storyline of a magical book, which contains some dramatic and thematic elements inappropriate for young children.

Violence: C+
Character threatened, chased by bullies and forced into garbage dumpster. Skulls and bones seen several times in backdrop. Fantastical characters in story may confuse or frighten young viewers. Terrifying wolf beast seen periodically. Implied drowning of horse. Depictions of earthquakes, rocks falling, and debris flying through the air. Character’s arm wounded, some blood shown. Character zapped and killed by destructive laser beams emitted from statues. Gruesome burnt face shown. Gondola-like contraption hits ground, man spills out (no injury). Boy falls from great height, lands in water. Character mortally wounds beast during fight, blood shown.

Sexual Content: B-
Use of make-up has young female character looking older than her years. Boy’s chest occasionally revealed in low-cut tunic. Stone sphinx statues (human from waist up, animal from waist down) display topless female nudity.

Language: A
Minor insults.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B+
Magical potions used for healing purposes.

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The NeverEnding Story
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta PG reclassified in 2014
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The NeverEnding Story movie is October 7, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes:TheNeverEndingStory
Release Date: 7 October 2014
The NeverEnding Story releases to home video in a 30th Anniversary Edition on October 7, 2014.

Home Video Notes:The NeverEnding Story
Release Date: September 4, 2001
DVD Extras:
- Production notes
- Theatrical trailer

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To find other worlds of pure imagination, see our review of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Fantasia 2000, or Jumanji. For stories of children coming to terms with life and bullies, try Harriet The Spy, or Disney’s The Kid.

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