Pretty much the industry standard for animation. The software is great but the support and purchasing process I had through Novedge was stellar! I would highly recommend Maya for those looking to get into the 3D animation or VFX industry. It isn't the only tool to use but definitely a widely used one.
this is my first Autodesk Maya subscription renewal with Novedge. I was using a local Autodesk authorized reseller, and decided to give Novedge a try to save a few bucks.
to my surprise, everything went very smooth and fast. I called first to confirm everything...sales staff was very kind, helpful, and upfront. i was then emailed a link to an invoice that was created for me so i could pay through Novedge. I received a payment confirmation from Novedge right away, and within a few days i got an email from Autodesk confirming my subscription renewal, and then a few days later an email from Autodesk confirming my renewal was successful. i definitely plan on shopping with Novedge in the future. They were fast and trustworthy.
We use Maya for all of our 3D and animation needs in Video Game Development, there is no comparison! Maya can easily be extended to make your own tools enabling you to tweak your pipeline to it's fullest potential.
Also, make sure you buy from NOVEDGE! They had the best prices (seriously, they are 100's less than Autodesk even), and Scott was a huge help in figuring out my licensing situation. Thumbs up!
Going from Maya 2010 to Maya 2012 was the best upgrade decision I've made all year long!