|Tami Stronach||The Childlike Empress|
|Gerald McRaney||Bastian's Father|
On his way to school, Bastian ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called ''The Neverending Story,'' Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by ''The Nothing,'' a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.