I thought I'd just drop you all this link since I think is is so exciting! As some people here probbly already know I use Animation Master and one of the studios that provided learning aids is Anzovin Studio. They have a product called the The Setup Machine, you simply bone your character, run it through the Machine and it rigged is for you. You could then just start animating the thing.
It seems to have been a tremdous success and I will be getting it for use with AM. The bit that is so exciting is that there is now a Maya version too!
Yup! I knew that would get your antention! Seems you create your model, use the skeleton they provide and then run it through the machine and start animating. It is a bit pricey though at $299 - about £200 - but think of the time you would save...
Next month they will be making a Machine that you just plug into the side of your head, connect your TV to your ear and all the animations in your head will be instantly created - I wish...
Here's the link: http://www.anzovin.com/setupmachinemaya.html
Tickety boo and ta ta for a bit...