A friendly dragon comes to help a non-communicative boy overcome his debilitating fears.


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Cast overview:
Puff (voice)
Philip Tanzini ...
Jackie (voice)
Robert Ridgely ...
Pirate / Pieman / Sneeze (voice) (as Bob Ridgely)
Maitzi Morgan ...
Mother / Star (voice)
Father (voice)
Bald Doctor (voice)
Frank Nelson ...
Tall Doctor (voice)
Charles Woolf ...
Short Doctor (voice)


Jackie is a boy who is so trapped by his fears and doubts that he could not communicate with anyone. His condition is so severe that the doctors are giving up and the parents are losing hope for him to live as something more than a zombie. Then, a magic dragon named Puff comes to help Jackie by taking his soul force on a wonderous voyage to his island of Honah Lee. Along the way, they have adventures that nurture Jackie's imagination and courage in unorthodox ways. However, their arrival at Honah Lee is marked with horror as they see the land despoiled and desolate which leaves Puff powerless. Yet while trapped in his despair, Puff soons to his own astonishment just how well he has changed Jackie for the better as the boy responds to this tragedy in his own way. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Puff: Come along now. We'll build a boat.
Jackie: I'm afraid.
Puff: Well, isn't everybody?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


The Boat Song
Written by Peter Yarrow
Performed by Burgess Meredith and Philip Tanzini
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still one of my favourites
4 May 2004 | by (Tucson, AZ, USA) – See all my reviews

this was my all-time favourite movie when i was a kid.

i remember when me and my brother and cousin would drop everything we were doing to sit down for a half hour and watch and sing along with Puff and Jackie. recently, my brother's girlfriend found him a copy and we still knew all of the words to every song. i am not ashamed to say that i still love this movie. it's great for kids and enjoyable on so many levels for adults too.

if you can find a copy of this anywhere, i highly reccomend that you get this, for your kids or whoever. it's way better then most of that new "children's entertainment" that exists today. and it teaches a great lesson.

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