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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30 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Puff: I'm one of few dragons ever to have a song. That is because, instead of destroying things, I try to muddle through.
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References Cinderella (1950) See more »


Weave Me the Sunshine
Written by Peter Yarrow
Performed by Burgess Meredith, Philip Tanzini and Robert Ridgely
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Puff's got the stuff...to make goths laugh!
14 June 2001 | by (Lynnwood, Washinston, USA) – See all my reviews

When I was little, I watched it every time I was sad and afterwards I would be happy. Now that I'm a teenager, I still have the temptation to watch it even though my social status would be wrecked. The animator had a good sense of humor that makes even the toughest goth laugh.. I should know because I'm one of them. If you haven't watched it, you're missing out on funny jokes and cute designs..

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