Character animation doesn’t need to be that difficult in After Effects as shown here with Mikey Borup who shows how (courtesy of PremiumBeat) to make a cartoon like animation in After Effects using a layered Photoshop file, and the After Effects Puppet Tool.

a simple way to create cartoon-like animation in After Effects with a layered Photoshop file and the AE puppet tool

Mikey shows how easy character animation in After Effects can be when you plan ahead by breaking apart your character by layer in Photoshop, allowing you to create movements easily in AE with the use of the Puppet Tool. Check out the tutorial for Character Animation Fundamentals for After Effects here.