A well rigged model makes the animators job a pleasure and in this tutorial by Stuart Christensen, you will be up and running in no time with the basics of animating with the help of Auto Keyframing and a wonderful rig called the Metalfly 1.0.0 created by Abid Devecha. You will first have to download the file from Creativecrash.com in the Maya Free Character Rigs Section and open it up in Maya. Even if you have no experience animating, this tutorial will show you the basics of what to look for and how to randomly animate this rig for an awesome result, and get your feet wet in the somewhat complicated territory of character animation. A special thanks to Abid Devecha for posting this super character rig!
Maya 2011/2012 Basic Animation Practice with a Pre-Built Rig Tutorial