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Western Animation: Puff the Magic Dragon

First written in 1959 by filmmaker Leonard Lipton and set to music in 1963 by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary, "Puff, the Magic Dragon" tells the story of a boy who outgrows his childhood fantasies. The song also inspired a series of animated TV specials that recast the eponymous dragon as a sort of fantastical child psychologist coming to the aid of some deeply troubled children.

The TV specials provide examples of: