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, voiced by Burgess Meredith, as a sort of fantastical child psychologist coming to the aid of some deeply troubled children. The specials were:
- Puff The Magic Dragon (1978), based on the song
- Puff in The Land of Living Lies (1979), Puff helps a girl named Sandy, who has a habit of telling lies, by taking her to a magical world inhabited by famous fictional fibbers such as Pinocchio and Baron Munchausen.
- Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody (1982), A boy named Terry gets Puff's help after his wild imagination and imaginary friend prevent him from living in reality.
The TV specials provide examples of: