We were treated recently to a talk from the animator Cyriak. He is known for his bizarre animation style, as demonstrated by the above link. There are a few ideas I took away from the talk, and his style of animating and work ethic were very inspirational to me.
Cyriak was very honest. He didn't boast stories about fighting to be recognised, in fact he seemed very laid back and down to earth. he presented some of his animations, which all received a welcome applause. His style seemed very unorthodox, with the look of graphic stop motion animation. When asked how he produced some of his work, he explained that he 'Adobe After Effects' a lot, which is generally used visual effects and post production. What also made his animations different was the crazy subject matter. Barn yard animals performing synchronised dance routines before transforming in to bizarre looking spiders. You could see clearly that these were ideas straight from his head, with no desired audience restricting his thoughts. His syle for me beard some resemblance to Terry Gilliam's graphic animations for the 'Monty Python' series: