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: