“It’s an incredibly challenging book to adapt because its incredibly poetic and it really lives in the imagination of the reader,” The Little Prince director Mark Osborne said today at Deadline’s the Contenders event. “That’s one of the magical things about the book — everyone who reads it gets a different experience because it really asks you to bring yourself into the experience of reading the book.”

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The adaptation of Antoine Saint-Exupery’s classic novel was changed up a bit for the film. This one is about the Little Girl and her Mother who is preparing her for the world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, the Aviator.

When asked about the change, Osborne explained: “I didn’t want to just take the book and stretch it out. That’s when I came up with the idea about using a larger story of somebody experiencing the book, the little girl who’s reading the story and how is changes her life and bring magic into her lif. I really wanted to not just adapt the book but the power of the book and what it has become in our lives.”

The animated pic’s stellar voice cast includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Ricky Gervais and Benicio del Toro. The Little Prince debuted at Cannes last year and was released day-and-date August 5 on Netflix and in select theaters.