First written in 1959 by filmmaker Leonard Lipton and [[Music/PuffTheMagicDragon set to music]] in 1963 by Peter Yarrow of Music/PeterPaulAndMary, "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:
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: A gigantic {{pirate}} captain... before his HeelFaceTurn.
* [[BatmanGambit "Batman" Gambit]] ([[ActorAllusion heh heh]]...): Puff is quite the MagnificentBastard when he needs to be, apparently allowing himself to be trapped or lose his powers so his young wards will have to discover themselves.
* DownTheRabbitHole: The movie version of Puff tends to take children to fantasy worlds where they have to confront metaphors for their own problems.
* HeelFaceTurn: The giant pirate does this when [[spoiler:he becomes a chef]].
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: The tall, red-headed doctor and the bald, bearded doctor... who not only suffer from GenreBlindness, but are both {{Nay Theist}}s.
* SeeThruSpecs: Puff's smoke rings have this effect. Looking through them allows Puff and Jackie to see that the giant pirate Very Long secretly wants to be a baker.