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Puff the Magic Dragon (1978)

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


Romeo Muller (story), Romeo Muller (teleplay)

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Burgess Meredith ... Puff (voice)
Philip Tanzini Philip Tanzini ... Jackie (voice)
Robert Ridgely ... Pirate / Pieman / Sneeze (voice) (as Bob Ridgely)
Maitzi Morgan Maitzi Morgan ... Mother / Star (voice)
Peter Yarrow ... Father (voice)
Regis Cordic ... Bald Doctor (voice)
Frank Nelson ... Tall Doctor (voice)
Charles Woolf 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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A wonderful dragon comes to the rescue of a lonely little boy - by taking him on an amazing adventure in the miraculous land of Honah Lee! See more »



Official Sites:

Fred Wolf Films





Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puff the Magic Dragon See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based loosely off of the Peter, Paul, and Mary song Puff The Magic Dragon See more »


Tall Doctor: Ahem, we have concluded our consultation, and being of one mind...
Short Doctor: The best in all medicine, may we add.
Bald Doctor: We have come to the conclusion that your son...
Tall Doctor: Will not, nor can not...
Short Doctor: Speak, communicate, nor indeed...
Bald Doctor: Relate in any way to the world around him.
Jackie's Father: But doctors, we know that. He hasn't said a word in such a long time.
Mother: Can't you give us some hope that he will finally speak?
Tall Doctor: Alas, the case is hopeless.
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Referenced in RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party (2017) See more »


The Boat Song
Written by Peter Yarrow
Performed by Burgess Meredith and Philip Tanzini
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Very cute and charming 30 minutes
24 December 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Directed by Charles Swenson and Fred Wolf, Puff the Magic Dragon was a lovely surprise. True, at 30 minutes it is very short and perhaps rather scant, but all the same it is cute, it is charming and it is intelligent.

It is made up of very cute art designs, so the animation is nice and colourful. The songs, principally the truly memorable title song, are beautiful. The cartoon itself is very funny, and has a nice story, and some nice lessons that don't preach. The characters are also very endearing, Puff has to be the most lovable dragon ever, and Jackie isn't annoying at all. And then there's the voice acting, the late Burgess Meredith was perfect as Puff and Phillip Tanzini is appealing as Jackie.

All in all, a very nice and gentle watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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