Ask an animator
Producer/Director Steve Smith recently gave some advice and shared some memories of how he got started in animation through a chat with Helen Piercy at www.helenanimate.com. Late night screenings on Channel 4, Estonian filmmakers, and a certain show called Duckman, all contributed to Steve's left-of-center view of animation, and inspired him to learn how to make things move. Have a read www.helenanimate.com/2015/01/11/ask-an-animator-steve-smith
A big thanks to Helen, who is also the writer of an amazing starter kit/book for budding animators of the future, Animation Studio: www.helenanimate.com/writing.