I did it! Fuckin A, I did it! And these last two were so easy to do and fun! I really need to do this a lot more. It's so freeing to just straight ahead animate. I am definitely going to try to work some of this into my CG workflow from here on out. It really helps to get the idea out faster and hopefully, it will help me wrestle with the software less (DAMN YOU 3DS MAX! I will defeat you!).
Also, HUGE THANK YOU! To everyone who has commented, favorited and watched these posts, sincere thanks to every one of you!