Eric Raue wrote:
In the summer I took a technical course on computer animation at Simon Fraser University taught by Dr. Richard (Hao) Zhang. In class he taught us the mathematics and theory behind animation. We used that knowledge to create short animations in groups of 3-5 people. Most of us had zero 3D modeling or animation experience. Blender was highly recommended because it is quite powerful and freely available.
With the exception of the Michael Jackson video everyone used Blender to create their animations.