Puff the Magic Dragon (1978)

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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)
Regis Cordic ...
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 the Magic Dragon
Written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton
Performed by Peter Yarrow
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A bright and endearing 30 minutes
1 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an adorable half hour special that radiates charm and intelligence. Burgess Meredith is the voice of Puff, the Magic Dragon, and he was a perfect choice for the role. Able to give an air of command or whimsy, he makes Puff come alive.

The story is pure fantasy; to give Jackie self-confidence, Puff encourages him to imagine a world where he can make a difference. Jackie and Puff sail away to the land of the Sneezes, where the inhabitants are giant noses, who have perpetual colds and are always irritable and feel awful. Jackie comes up with the idea to make it rain chicken soup, to get them well. When it works, Jackie feels better, too.

If you can find this, any child will love it. My own kids watched it over and over for years, and still remember it fondly. It's a gentle and well-done children's classic.

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