I'm moving forward with confidence on my personal projects. To make it cheap and easier its probably going to be animated through flash. I haven't used flash in a long time. I drew this bird up in about a minute. The lines in flash can be quite problematic but i'm sure i can work around them.
I managed to get a storyboard done today. Going to try and upload it into an animatic in the next couple of days and send it off to some pals for critique.