Balloon Farm (television) Two-hour movie airing on The Wonderful World of Disney on March 28, 1999. A peculiar farmer, Harvey H. Potter, arrives in the small town of Waterston where the families are facing financial ruin because of a drought. Potter’s crop turns out to be a field of brilliantly colored balloon plants. The townsfolk are entranced, seeing magical properties in the balloons, but only a little girl, Willow, stands by Potter when mistrust overtakes the town. Directed by William Dear. Stars Rip Torn (Harvey Potter), Mara Wilson (Willow), Roberts Blossom (Wheezle), Laurie Metcalf (Casey Johnson). From the book, Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm, by Jerdine Nolen. Released on video in 2000.