Here is an example of two of these:
It seems very elementary in style and execution, but there is a lot that went into it... more than I'm probably even aware of.
Here is an example of a professional use of Maya (commercials, movies, music videos, etc...):
For some of these clips, I can't even really put my finger on how Maya was used. Watching reels like this really convinces me that having a basic understanding of Maya will be a very skill for me to have when I graduate.
Also- can someone tell me how to embed videos? It's annoying to have just links here. I'm sure it's very obvious and i'm just oblivious, but... help?