I had a little help on the overall project:
Luchs (Luchs on FA) provided a stunning soundtrack to go with it. I suggest you check out his other work too.
The great nanook123 kindly stepped in on very short notice and provided me with a matching logo/icon (as you can see here in this post :)
Long story short: I tried myself in the field of 3D character animation. I have been playing around with Animation:Master for quite some time but always for scenery/props and never for actual character animation. It was quite a learning curve... Took me about two weeks to animate these (about) 90 seconds. And that was after I came up with the character "design" and story/gag idea. I had to get all the tools set up, model the character, rig it (oh boy...), then animate about 20 secons, start over again with a different rig, render in HD EXR format with all the bells and whistles, discover that 15 minutes per frame would be too long and reset lots of settings... Ugh. Adobe Media Encoder and the oh-so-nifty "dynamic link" between Premiere and AfterEffects didn't help by crashing several times and wasting hours of waiting time.
But now it's done. I am proud to present:
Episode 1 of Frucosiadas: On The Wheel Together
available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly4quGwc3RA
I hope you like it! I'll post a "making of" tomorrow.
Now to go to sleep.
EDIT: Also available, a little something that came up during a chat with yamavu: http://atkelar.deviantart.com/art/Frucosiadas-Package-164551172