I grew up in the 90s, and one of the most frequent ‘movie day’ VHS tapes at my elementary school was The Neverending Story. Up until a month ago, when I watched it again, all I remembered was a dead horse, a demonic wolf, and a stone giant who rode on an impractical bike (Steamroller? Tricycle? Rolling pin?).
When I watched The Neverending Story this time, I was on the lookout for similarities to Team ICO games, since so many people seem to agree that the giant Torico monster looks like Falkor, the Luck Dragon.
So take this with a grain of salt: it’s an exercise in comparison, not proof that Ueda is ‘ripping off’ The Neverending Story or anything of that nature.