A seven-year-old girl living in New York with her bullying older brother wishes for a fairy godmother when her father, who drives a hansom cab in Central Park, threatens to move the family to Nebraska. Instead she gets a faltering Martin Short, who inadvertently turns her father into a statue and his horse into a mouse. Determined to ape Disney animation with live actors, the film is clunky but fascinating, aimed more at adults than at the kids they're likely to bring, and closer at times to pure whimsy than to fantasy (a typical gag has Short trying to turn a hostile Nebraska farmer into a rabbit but winding up with a giant rabbi). The special effects are laid on with a trowel, lacking much sense of connection with anything else; the results are alternately charming and strident, and oddly akin to a troubling dream. Coproducer Sid Sheinberg was the suit at Universal who monkeyed around with Brazil; perhaps his involvement here accounts for the film?s discontinuity. Jeff Rothberg scripted and Michael Ritchie directed; with Mara Wilson, Robert Pastorelli, Kathleen Turner, Amanda Plummer, Francis Capra, Ruby Dee, and Teri Garr.