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Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody (1982)

The magic dragon teaches a boy to believe in his own creative abilities.


Fred Wolf


Romeo Muller (story), Romeo Muller (teleplay)




Cast overview:
Burgess Meredith ... Puff (voice)
David Mendenhall ... Terry (voice)
Diana Dumpis Diana Dumpis ... Girl (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... Mother / Teacher (voice)
Bob Holt ... Father (voice)
Billy Jayne ... Boy (voice) (as Billy Jacoby)
Hal Smith ... Professor Katzendorfer / Bust / World (voice)
Robert Ridgely ... Mr. Nobody / Guard (voice)


Puff tells the story of Terry, a boy with tremendous if esoteric creative talents. However, outside of his parents, no one understands Terry and he is rejected into friendless isolation. In response, Terry creates an imaginary friend named Mr. Nobody who comes to life as a duck he talks to and Terry imagines him to externalize his own talents no one seems to respect. However, as Terry grows up, the boy comes to depend on Nobody with such commitment that his parents' attempt to discourage the habit backfires into Terry imagining Nobody disappearing. Desperate, Terry runs away to find Nobody and Puff arrives to help him. What follows is a magical quest for that imaginary friend through the Fantaverse in which Puff challenges Terry to conquer his fears, see the truth of his talents and find the self- confidence to use them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The yellow sailboat from Puff the Magic Dragon (1978) is reused as the boat Terry and Puff sail in. See more »


Teacher: *Real* trees, Terry, and *real* houses. And make sure nobody helps you.
Terry: Next time I'll just tell them Nobody did it, then I won't get blamed.
Puff the Magic Dragon: [singing] Terry was so hurt and sad, that his talent,/He just hid./ When someone said, "Did you do that?"/ He said, "Nobody did."/ Soon he believed that all his talent/ Came from his dear friend/ Sometimes we talk ourselves into what starts out as pretend.
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Puff the Magic Dragon
Written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton
Performed by Peter Yarrow
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Teaching children
12 February 2007 | by rayechelSee all my reviews

In my opinion, this is what children's shows should be all about. Not only is this show entertaining (I loved it as a child), but it teaches a great message about trusting in yourself and not worrying about what others think or say. In the process, children are also taught that an imagination is a great gift that can be used to brighten the world. I would highly recommend this as a great show if you want your children to learn something from the TV. As a side note, if you are looking to purchase this show, it is found on the same DVD as Puff the Magic Dragon (under that name), as well as Puff in the Land of the Living Lies.

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17 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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