Maya animation project given some steroids, special effects and major sound editing work. One minute of footage = 100+ hours of work. Rendering alone took almost 4 days, but with Raytracing and very high settings, it was expected. I see a few places that still needs attention-- reflections and shadows, but overall seems okay and my computer passed a pretty big stress test. The MEL expressions seem to be functioning as coded.
All systems are go for my next visual effects project. Enjoy.