A couple of years ago a friend sent me a copy of the book Flips 7. It basically gives a profile on about a dozen studios and creators and the things they're working on. It also had a free DVD with some clips and by far the best animation on it was by an Irish company called Cartoon Saloon.
Basically these guys are the best. If it weren't for a couple of really frustrating reasons (well, a two bedroom flat shaped frustrating reason anyway) I'd be over there, happy as a sandboy working on their Flash series Skunk Fu: http://skunkfu.blogspot.com/
And I don't know of a more exciting project than their feature Brendan & the Secret of Kells: http://theblogofkells.blogspot.com/
It takes so much money, talent and resources to make even a half watchable feature animation that it always surprises me how keen everyone seems to be to keep doing it. It seems to me that 5-30 minutes is the ideal length for animation, giving you a much better chance of getting more things right than wrong. But this project looks like the absolute bees knees and I can't wait to see it.