So much of our entertainment in the 21st century is filled with CGI, from blockbuster motion pictures and cable TV shows to Internet shorts and fan films. With a decent computer, the right software and the prerequisite skills, anyone can dabble in computer animation, which explains why practical effects are less common than ever before.

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That’s why we felt the need to share this incredibly cool video from Propadata Films that abandons special effects in favor of stop-motion. Using over 10,000 hex nuts, the filmmakers have put together a practical animation that’s not quite like anything we’ve ever seen before.

“No computer generated graphics, only frame by frame stop-motion…we pushed these hex nuts around for 2 weeks, 12hrs a day,” writes the Propadata team. “Hard, tedious work, but with fun results!”

Check out the whole video below.