Do yourself a favor and check out my pal's feature length indie film "Heart String Marionette."
It took him around 5 years, working mostly alone, to create this movie. He did all the modeling/texturing/rigging/animation/rendering/compositing/editing/half the music/some of the voices/prettymucheveryfreakingthing. There is a trailer on the website.
The film can be purchased as a DRM-free HD download for $5. I believe there is supposed to be a 480p version of the movie released on Youtube for free as well in the coming days.