Here’s an interesting curiousity. 3dCutout semi-converts an installation of 3D Studio Max into a 2D animation studio…
“3dCutout converts Autodesk 3dsMax to a user-friendly software with bunch of new tools to help you create your own cutout animation.”
Although most people will be better off with the excellent and easier CrazyTalk Animator 2, which is built from the ground up for 2D, makes it easier to arrange props and characters in depth on the stage, and has an excellent royalty-free pre-made content system like Poser/Daz does.
Carrara 8 is DAZ Studio's official 'big sister' software.
Carrara loads all DAZ and Poser characters and scenes,
and supports LuxRender for top-quality realistic rendering.