It is my intention to make an animated movie with animated actors and environment, pretty much in the genre of Toy Story and other 3D animated movies we see nowadays with no real people in it.
I know Autodesk Maya is one of the best in this genre. Problem is, it's price is also one of the steepest. I've looked into Carrara 8 and iClone 5, and they both seem more affordable, but I don't want to shell out money until I'm sure the software I pick is:
1) Powerful and versatile;
2) Easy to use
Can anyone help me with this basic choice? Thanks.