Stop-motion animation studio Laika’s new film, Kubo and the Two Strings, is a towering achievement — literally, in the case of this giant skeleton.

Whereas most contemporary animation studios rely on CGI to create their on-screen wonders, Laika builds their props, characters and sets in real life — which occasionally leads to insane creations like this one.

Standing at 16 feet (five metres) tall and weighing in at 400 pounds (181 kilograms), it’s believed to the largest stop motion puppet ever made (if there’s anything bigger out there, we’d love to see it).

This video from Cartoon Brew shows how the giant skeleton was created and animated — but even now that we’ve seen it, we don’t quite believe it.

Kubo and the Two Strings is in cinemas now. It’s a grand adventure story — heartwarming, heartwrenching, intense, funny, sad and serious, sometimes all at the same time — and it’s the perfect antidote to this year’s underwhelming crop of blockbusters. Don’t miss it!