This is something new I have been working on to stay loose. One of the many things I am going to take with me from this project is 'performance drives animation.' I have heard that before, and it's undeniably true, but it really sunk in on this piece.
If you haven't heard of Animation Home School, check it out. It's an hour long tutor session with an animator from Disney all done through Skype. Valuable and awesome stuff. Thanks Malcon!