So I know that there's quite a few people that do or are interested in trying animation. I managed to stumble across a really nice program that has recently been released as freeware.
Here's the link to it's main page: Plastic Animation Paper.
I downloaded and tried it out. I was pleasantly surprised by how many nice functions there were in it. I definitely suggest looking at it. I think it used to cost around $700 before they made it free-ware.
Hope you all like, and I can't wait to see everyone's anime shorts.