3DBuzz.com is a great site to learn all about software for programming, 3D modeling and animaton, and game creation. (Yes, you can create your own 3D games in the free Blender software, or the free Unity software).
The folks at 3DBuzz have begun to focus in on Blender (about time), and have a set of 63 (yes 63) tutorials, each lasting from 4 minutes to 20 minutes, that do the best job i”ve seen yet on getting someone up to speed on this powerful software.
You can download them here.
If you’re a noob, Blender is a free open source program with powerful 3D creation, animation and video compositing tools.
See more at Blender.org.
Also, check out Sintel, an animated film made entirely with free open source software, primarily Blender.