Google is celebrating the 37th Anniversary of The Neverending Story’s first publishing with a Neverending Story Google doodle.
The Neverending Story is a children’s fantasy novel by Michael Ende that topped the best-seller lists in Germany when released on September 1, 1979. The Google Doodle takes viewers through key points in the novel with vibrant artwork combined with parallax scrolling—a Doodle first! The classic novel was made into a film in 1994 (the most expensive film in German history at the time) which pulled in countless new fans.
“At the heart of this book-within-a-book is Bastian Balthazar Bux, a lonely boy who steals a copy of The Neverending Story from an antiques store—and leaps into its pages. Bastian is tapped by a hunter named Atreyu to help save the enchanted but ill-omened world of Fantastica by doing something only a human can do: giving Fantastica’s ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. Their companion, Falkor, a luckdragon, remains ever-optimistic that they’ll prevail over wicked creatures and destructive forces to reach the Childlike Empress’s Ivory Tower. In time, Bastian’s journey becomes one of self discovery, in which the words “Do what thou wilt!” inscribed on Atreyu’s talisman, take on personal meaning.”
Check out fantastic artwork below but make sure to check it out at google.co.uk to experience the parallax effect too!