If you have enjoyed movies, cartoons or any animations of any sort; and you are eager to now how it is made, you should look into learning Flash and Actionscript. These are powerful tools that you can use to make you ideas in animation come to reality in no time. With the new components our brothers (programmers) from another mother (Adobe) have come up with, making amazing animations and even applications is slowly becoming a no-brainer.
With the introduction of Actionscript 3.0 (a.k.a AS3), coding has become story-telling. You program it the way you will speak it. A very innovative breakthrough from Adobe. FYI, I am not getting paid to do this; I am a big fan and I like developing in Actionscript. Also, with the new Flash 10, 3D is the new 2D. This and lots more exist in the Flash package for a decent price . . . free to try! Remeber Flash is one of the few (if not the only) IDE that integrates design and development while giving you accurate feedback on your progress.
Joining forums will be the fastest way to get started n Flash design and Actionscript development. I recommend FlashKit, GotoAndLearn Forum and Actionscript Forum. Answering questions is what they take delight in doing. So get started and enrich the world with your ideas!