Instead of that Laika animation I am doing some really useful animation exercises with my teach Joe Brumm! It is super helpful and will hopefully assist with my lack of animation confidence.
Here is a real rough "mud walk" test.
I'm used to doing really exaggerated over the top animation. So trying to teach myself to be more subtle and realistic is tough.
I'm reading Acting for Animators by Ed Hooks, super great book. He talks about how knowing realistic movement is really vital, even if you want to only exaggerate. Picasso started out doing incredible life like work.