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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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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Puff: [attempting to return a fallen star to the sky, the boat fails to fly] Too heavy. We'll have to unload some ballast: me.
[jumps into the water]
Puff: Take her up.
Jackie: Alone? I can't. I'm afraid.
Puff: JACKIE! Believe in yourself. Have the courage to try. You may fail, but atleast you have made the effort.
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Puff the Magic Dragon
Written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton
Performed by Peter Yarrow
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Nice Animation Makes the Film
26 December 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Puff the Magic Dragon (1978)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

When a shy boy is unable to communicate or reach out to others, he's visited by Puff (voice of Burgess Meredith), the magic dragon who plans on teaching him to be strong. Of all the animated TV-movies from the 70s, this one here certainly isn't among the greatest but there are enough interesting ideas and some charm to make it worth viewing. I think a lot of the appeal can be credited to Meredith who really does a nice job in his role. The vocal performance here is quite good because the actor can bring the fantasy element of the story out but he also brings the dragon to life with ease. Another very strong point is the animation. It certainly isn't "pretty" but it just has a certain atmosphere about it. Just check out the sequence where Puff and the boy are out in a boat when some dark clouds show up to scare the boy. The darkness of the clouds look wonderful but the atmosphere they give off is the major plus. Another good look if Puff himself and especially that crazy hair. The story itself is rather weak and even the 22-minute running time feels a tad bit long in spots but fans of this type of film will still want to check it out.


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