There's a lot of ninja talk goin' on, so I thought I'd contribute this to the discussion. This is a short film that an LMU graduate from a few years before me is working on in his spare time:
The animator's name is Peter Brandt. You should all go check out his youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/pdbrandt
I think his work is pretty inspiring. Not only is his animation really well done, but his action sequences are meticulously detailed, and well conceived. From what I can tell he gets good ideas and then elaborates on them to such a degree that his work brings to mind the mantra of John Hammond from Jurassic Park, "We spare no expense!"
Peter Brandt spares no expense.