• Jake Sladkey
    Posted at 19:38h, 21 October Reply

    You had to go and pull that one back out of the memory banks. Thanks for the tears again. He would have been ok if he was sinking in queso.

  • Steve (fsucurran)
    Posted at 19:38h, 21 October Reply

    It almost made me cry just now. And I am way past childhood.

  • Jordan Campagna
    Posted at 19:40h, 21 October Reply

    I don’t know what movie this is, but just seeing the picture made me cry for that poor boy and his horse.

  • Laura Offenwanger
    Posted at 19:40h, 21 October Reply

    How do I not know this movie? What is it?
    (I just re-watched the West Wing episode when the President and Josh were shot. Cried like a baby!)

    • Jon Acuff
      Posted at 19:42h, 21 October Reply

      It’s the Neverending Story. And now I am crying for your childhood.

      • Anita
        Posted at 19:58h, 21 October Reply

        Woah I actually watched this approximately a month ago and I’m sixteen. I guess my childhood IS a neverending story.

      • Chelsea
        Posted at 20:55h, 21 October Reply

        Somehow I’ve never seen this movie, either. But now I’ll be singing the chorus to the blasted theme song all day long.

      • Timothy J. McSwain (@tmcswain)
        Posted at 14:01h, 22 October Reply

        I saw The Neverending Story and I have no memory of this scene whatsoever. Does that make me worse than dead inside?

        • Michelle W.
          Posted at 22:29h, 24 October Reply

          Timothy, I’m in the same boat. I think we both just blocked the sadness.

    • Tracy
      Posted at 19:43h, 21 October Reply

      The movie is The Neverending Story. The Nothing is too powerful for the horse, Atreyu.

      • Timothy Wiggins
        Posted at 20:12h, 21 October Reply

        The horse is Artex…the boy is Atreyu.

        • Tracy
          Posted at 20:18h, 21 October Reply

          Sorry – fail

    • Megan Hall
      Posted at 19:44h, 21 October Reply

      I just watched that West Wing episode too! So sad.
      But seriously. Go watch Neverending Story.

      • Marybeth Edgecomb
        Posted at 21:09h, 21 October Reply

        I just watched the one where Matt Santos announces for President. My fourth time through the series, including original air. Such amazing writing…

    • Aaron
      Posted at 20:24h, 21 October Reply

      I’m with the West Wing crowd on this one…
      …besides, who has time to watch a story that never ends when I’m trying to punch fear in the face? (<–how'd you like that Acuff juke?)

  • Juanita Thompson
    Posted at 19:44h, 21 October Reply

    Yes, I remember that movie. Had forgotten it. Was almost over it. Thanks for opening that wound again…. :'(

    Also, I’m really glad you’re back blogging. Twitter just isn’t the same.

  • Nate
    Posted at 19:45h, 21 October Reply

    This movie was fully of twists and turns. This movie embodies what a good book can do for you. Every emotion known to man…

  • Amy W
    Posted at 19:47h, 21 October Reply

    I had some friends over a few weeks ago and a movie discussion brought up this movie and we actually watched the clip of it on YouTube. Fun times at Amy’s! We watched this a lot when I was in elementary school. However, I think I blocked it from memory because I had forgotten about it.

  • Julie (@juliedutch)
    Posted at 19:54h, 21 October Reply

    I don’t remember if I cried or not at the time, but it does conjure up memories. I remember where I was when I watched it… and that was a great memory.

  • Claire
    Posted at 19:57h, 21 October Reply

    its like when the one eyed man got crushed in Krull. first video i ever saw on a video player. gets me every time.

  • Eric Near
    Posted at 20:00h, 21 October Reply

    My 5-year-old daughter recently told me that this was her favorite part of the movie…

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 20:00h, 21 October Reply

    It seriously was NEVERENDING so my sister and I never made it to the end. It’s actually still playing to this day on my parents floor model…

  • Brent
    Posted at 20:00h, 21 October Reply

    He had to lose the horse. It was the only way to get a Luck Dragon!

  • Steve
    Posted at 20:03h, 21 October Reply

    “Artax, don’t give in! Artax… ARTAX!”

  • Makeda
    Posted at 20:04h, 21 October Reply

    Wept as a child. Watched it as an adult, still wept. Now own it and watch it every time I need a little reminder of the power of naming something to defeat the nothingness inside us. SUCH a powerful story.

  • JP
    Posted at 20:09h, 21 October Reply

    By Far my favorite movie of childhood and its not far from my fav movie ever. Yea, its technical marvel is not all there but man I love this movie! “I am Atreyu!!” “Not Atreyu the child, Atreyu the warrior.” “I am the only Atreyu with the Plains people, but I’ll be happy to go back to hunting the purple buffalo”

  • Tim Wieneke
    Posted at 20:18h, 21 October Reply

    Second most sad for me. The saddest was when the Terminator sacrificed itself at the end of Terminator 2.

  • David Mike
    Posted at 20:20h, 21 October Reply

    Jon this is my most favorite movie ever! Red Dawn being my second, maybe (the original). The fact that you know both of these movies forever bonds us like the the gold and silver twin snake Orin medallion.

  • jason
    Posted at 20:51h, 21 October Reply

    swamp of sadness i am now going to bed depressed thanks, “say my name”

  • Beth
    Posted at 20:51h, 21 October Reply

    Every time I watched that movie when I was a kid, I would spend the rest of the day and night with my head in the clouds. I was a daydreamer and that movie would put my daydreams on steroids. Still one of my favorites.

  • Chad Jones (@randomlychad)
    Posted at 21:14h, 21 October Reply

    Somehow, I missed this one, and Goonies, too. But I did see Porky’s.

    It was a weird childhood.

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 21:17h, 21 October Reply

    All I saw was the question on Twitter and I knew what scene it would be! Gut-wrencher.

  • James Williams
    Posted at 21:37h, 21 October Reply

    Don’t cry for my childhood, but I skipped that movie for a simple reason: the radio kept playing the theme song, which I found quite annoying, so I didn’t want to have anything to do with the movie. Plus I was 19 and in the Army. It’s not the kind of movie a single soldier would watch.

  • Jenna
    Posted at 21:51h, 21 October Reply

    Omg! Atreyu! “The Neverendong storyyyyyyyyyyeeeeee ahhhhhhhhh” (yea that was supposed to be the movies theme song…) I was so in love with the big white flying dog.

  • Jenna
    Posted at 21:51h, 21 October Reply

    Dear god. I just wrote Neverendong. Yeah I’m done for the night.

  • Brenda
    Posted at 22:22h, 21 October Reply

    I never saw this movie as a kid. I saw it maybe a year ago? with my friend. She loved it more than I did, probably because I have no attachment of childhood nostalgia with it. But I promise I’m not a monster.

  • Andy
    Posted at 00:06h, 22 October Reply

    By the time that scene came along, I was already depressed from how poor the film was compared to the book. Ironic that the film only got halfway through the book (maybe ensuring its neverendingness).


  • Tony J. Alicea
    Posted at 06:42h, 22 October Reply

    One of my faves from childhood and I will always watch it when it comes on TV.

    On a side note, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out what the princess’s name was that Bastian calls out at the end. Thanks Internets!

  • T. K. Stewart
    Posted at 09:11h, 22 October Reply

    The Never Ending Story was my favorite movie during childhood. Now to see if Netflix has it…

  • Ben Sealey
    Posted at 09:15h, 22 October Reply

    True Story. That’s what makes it hurt the most.

  • Brandon Weldy
    Posted at 09:27h, 22 October Reply

    I usually cry whenever I walk by a dark window because I see the wolf’s green eyes peering in at me. I almost cried thinking about it right now….

  • Jana
    Posted at 09:27h, 22 October Reply

    I’m crying right now! And I just heard last week there’s a remake in the works…

  • Allison
    Posted at 09:42h, 22 October Reply

    Thanks Jon for traumatizing me all over again. I can’t watch that movie because of that very scene. Now I’m sitting here with a lump in my throat because thinking about it makes me want to cry. 🙁

  • Billm
    Posted at 09:47h, 22 October Reply

    Yes, I cried unashamedly.
    Flacor was epic and the princess byooootiful (sigh) but my fav line has to be “to the winch, wench!” All-time classic right there

  • Bree Glenn
    Posted at 10:13h, 22 October Reply

    I love, love, love The NeverEnding Story! My sister and I watched it at least once a week, as kids. Now, I’ve gotten my 7 year old hooked on it.

  • Pira Tritasavit
    Posted at 11:20h, 22 October Reply


    This guy’s hair —> http://youtu.be/Gf1WT8VEZxk

  • Raffeal Sears
    Posted at 17:07h, 22 October Reply

    Man, that whole movie almost ruined my childhood!

  • Carey
    Posted at 18:10h, 22 October Reply

    I remember when that movie came out, but I’ve never seen it either. Now I’m not sure I want to. I hate crying.

  • Jamie Kocur
    Posted at 20:34h, 22 October Reply

    Why the heck are you reminding me of that scene??? *sniff*

  • Lindsay
    Posted at 20:27h, 23 October Reply

    That scene was traumatizing as a child. Thanks for reminding me. Not.

  • brenten gilbert
    Posted at 12:26h, 24 October Reply

    My only memories of that movie are as follows:

    1. people told me I looked like that kid.
    2. I got to make my own glass of lemonade with country time crystals.
    3. I threw up all over my friend’s family room because you shouldn’t put the entire canister into one glass.

    I should probably watch it again. Isn’t there a flying dog?

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