Neverending Story: Atreyu’s Existential Crisis

(November 2017)

Another scene exploring the book of The Neverending Story. This was a scene I thought about adding, that wasn’t in the original text, because I wanted to show Atreyu and Falkor trying to come to terms with being fictional characters.

While the main arc of the book is Bastian’s story about losing and then learning to accept his true self, I think it’d be interesting to push the B-plot of Atreyu trying to build his own identity within/or despite the context of being imaginary.

It was really neat to play with the physicality and scale of Atreyu and Falkor’s friendship, showing the ease with which they fly and climb around together. This is an aspect of the story where I think animation makes way more sense than live action.

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