I've been animating characters in AE lately and thought I would share this awesome tool that has made animating a breeze! It's called DuIK, a plugin for AE that allows for creation and animating using Inverse Kinematics. It's a great tool that also has useful scripts like renaming and a zero-ing utilities (if that's even a word).
Check out this video to see it in action:
DuIK Tools - Inverse Kinematics for After Effects! from FAMOS on Vimeo.
To download the tool and for more tutorials, click here: http://duduf.net/?page_id=167
This tool has made animating fun and easy! Hope others can benefit from it as well.