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

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Puff (voice)
Philip Tanzini ...
Jackie (voice)
Robert Ridgely ...
Pirate / Pieman / Sneeze (voice) (as Bob Ridgely)
Maitzi Morgan ...
Mother / Star (voice)
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Father (voice)
Regis Cordic ...
Bald Doctor (voice)
Frank Nelson ...
Tall Doctor (voice)
Charles Woolf ...
Short Doctor (voice)
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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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Short Doctor: Of course, one could always hope for... a miracle.
Tall DoctorBald Doctor: But we frown on that.
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Spoofed in Night Court: Author, Author (1986) See more »

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The Boat Song
Written by Peter Yarrow
Performed by Burgess Meredith and Philip Tanzini
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Not A Bad Children's Classic
23 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Puff the Magic Dragon (1978) is not a bad children's classic. This is one of those film shorts that I would want my kids to see (if I had any). It does have a pretty good story to teach the kids about overcoming their fears of speaking to others or giving a public speech.

I do recall seeing the movie short when I was a kid and I do recalling liking it to a degree. It was mainly Puff that I liked as a kid because he is a dragon (and not so much the story) and the song by Peter, Paul and Mary.

Any way, I do recommend this movie for the kids. As for adults, it's good for pure nostalgia or curiosity.

Good companion films (keeping with the theme of a boy and his dragon): 'Eragon' and 'Pete's Dragon'.

7/10


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