:) this is what I ended up with delivering for the realism school assignment. It was mainly the pic shown at the beginning/end of the movie tho. The animation itself were just a last evening fun animation test before the assignment hand-in.
Alas there are some bugs in both the skinning and animation, but I didn't have time to fix it.
For instance, I animated with just joint rotation, (no IK's) so the feet weren't sticky to the floor, so I had to try animate the feet to their original position, each time I did a change to the hierarchy above.