Today, Sept. 1, is the 37th anniversary of ‘The Neverending Story’s first publishing, and Google is honoring the tale by depicting it in today’s Doodle. Here are five things you need to know about the children’s fantasy story, and why Google has chosen to celebrate it!
Google has picked The Neverending Story, which was published on this day in 1979, as its latest Google Doodle, and you can learn all about it right here!
1. It’s a German fantasy novel written by Michael Ende.
The book was originally published in German, and focuses on a boy named Bastian who finds solace from bullies in an antique bookstore. He finds a fantasy book called The Neverending Story, and sneakily reads it in his school’s attic. However, the tale quickly becomes a story within a story as Bastian finds himself becoming part of the book!
2. This is the first Google Doodle to feature parallax scrolling.
The Doodle features a 3D dimension, and the artwork is displayed in a slideshow. Parallax scrolling is a cool tech feature — it’s when a background moves at a slower rate to the foreground. You’ll have to head to Google to see it for yourself!
3. The Neverending Story is illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg.
Roswitha illustrated every chapter in the children’s book, and did an amazing job capturing the fantastical aspects of the story. Each chapter is emblazoned with a medieval-inspired, decorative initial — so pretty. That being said, the Google Doodles were done by Sophie Diao.
4. The novel has been adapted into multiple mediums.
It has been interpreted as a stage play, ballet, opera, animated television series, computer games, audiobook and film. One rock band, Listener, even based their album Wooden Heart on the story!
5. Google chose the book for their Doodle because of its wide-ranging influence and inspiration.
“Every once in a blue moon a book captures the imagination, providing a portal into magical places unknown,” the site explains of the choice. “Bastian’s journey [is] one of self discovery [and this] Doodle takes us along on Bastian’s odyssey.”
HollywoodLifers, have you read The Neverending Story? Tell us what you think of this new Google Doodle and click through our gallery, attached, to see the past Doodles!