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Puff the Magic Dragon (1978)

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

Writers:

Romeo Muller (story), Romeo Muller (teleplay)
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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)
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Storyline

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 »


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Official Sites:

Fred Wolf Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puff the Magic Dragon See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Puff: Now, I'm going to borrow the living thing inside you and place it INSIDE Jackie Paper. Your living thing. You wonder what it is? It is that what causes you to laugh and to cry and to care. It is that which makes apples crunchy and tells your nose to tingle on a crystal winter's morning. It's kept in your left ear, you know.
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Connections

Followed by Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Weave Me the Sunshine
Written by Peter Yarrow
Performed by Burgess Meredith, Philip Tanzini and Robert Ridgely
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A wonderful children's classic
26 March 2004 | by GC-9See all my reviews

Not many cartoons can be so touching in less than 30 minutes. Puff, manages to movie the audience a great deal despite its scant running time.

Jackie Draper is a young boy who wont communicate with anyone. Through wonderful images and the beautiful music Puff helps Jackie help himself. The cartoon is funny and follows the song very well. The late Burgess Meredith lends his voice to the green dragon. This was followed by 2 other specials "Puff The Magic Dragon and The Land Of The Living Lies" and "Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody". I highly recommend all three, not just for children but for everyone with an imagination.


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