Adam Carlson
April 12, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It’s best to read the title of Blue Sky’s new animated film, about a group of tiny Leaf Men and the human girl (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who is shrunk down to their size, with a wink. ”I mean, we type it out in lowercase letters,” says director Chris Wedge. Nonetheless, he envisions the film as larger-than-life, with action sequences ”as big as Braveheart, but [they’re] happening on a lily pad.” Josh Hutcherson, who voices rebellious Leaf guy Nod, agrees. ”The whole idea is to spark kids’ imaginations so that if you look close enough in your backyard, maybe you can see these little guys working together.”

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