It was very hard for me to decide whether I should put this in the cel shaded category or the photorealistic category. This is really somewhere inbetween. He lists this as cel shaded on YouTube, but it is not what I would really call cel shading. This was made in Maya. He says it was his first attempt at modeling and animating in Maya, which I think is super impressive. Its an excellent example of 3D anime. The style is spot on and it is a very cute little short.
Congratulations, LeafMKII, you are one of the best examples I have found so far! I hope you can inspire more artists.