Check out this great interview (part 1) of James Baxter on the Animation Podcast website.
He is one of the best animators working today, and some of the characters he brought to life include Belle, Rafiki, Quasimodo, Moses, and Spirit. On the CG side, he also served as a supervising animator on Shrek 2 and Madagascar.
In the podcast he talks about.... Animating Roger Rabbit, spacing and the technical aspects of animation, his early struggle with the Little Mermaid, finding a workflow, analyzing Milt Kahl, and much more!
Really inspiring stuff!