I recently purchased a piece of software known as iClone and got several animation pipeline tools to go with it so I can use it and 3DS Max in conjunction with each other. With these two pieces of software, I plan to create our characters and animate them for Earth-Link Origins.
After getting the software, my first order of business was to create some base character models to represent the characters of the movie. So far I've created four such character base models shown below. Please note: these are not finalized and have to be tweaked before they can be considered finished.