If this is your first shot please check the Animator's Handbook for tips.
This is one continuous shot that has one short reaction shot inter-cut into the middle of it, you don't have to treat it like two shots.
sh1350 (10 + 40 frames including handles)
Devils beams sweep across the Sphere separating the last of the unhappy Peep couples, leaving nothing but miserable single Peeps. As the beam sweeps through couples jump apart, get out of the way of the beam and eventually settle. In the background the last of the Demon hands dives down through the clouds chasing Cupid to Hell.
There's a few frames between these shots that aren't used in the edit.
sh1370 (143 + 10 frames including handles)
The Peeps float around slowly with their heads hung low. In the background Cupid's chair returns from Hell empty. The chair needs it's parts to be animated with delays and follow through as it settles into it's position.
The layout file is here:
Then when you start to animate save the file in the same folder with your own initials and a higher version number.
Fill the Sphere with a good number of Peeps (15 or so). I've referenced one in as an example but please continue to reference more in as you go along. Hopefully you can re-use your own animation to save you time, so I would start with a few at first and build from there. I recommend you group the top control like I've done so that you can constrain it to the Sphere as it moves, freeing you to animate the top control. Here is the asset you need to reference:
Although I would recommend creating a new custom animation for the Peeps. There are a number of pre-animated library animations you may find useful. If you want to use them import the animated scene and in the import options make sure to preserve references. They are all in here:
I've included three Demon Hands in the Layout file but more may be required. Simply reference them from here:
Please ask any questions you have in this thread, and post updates here. Make sure videos and images go in the appropriate sections first then post links or code for them in this thread so that we can discuss it. Note that it can be useful to post videos on YouTube, then just copy the code to this forum, as it allows us to use the video in other YouTube playlists. If you do this wait a little while between uploading to YouTube and pasting the code here, if you do it too quickly YouTube won't have made a thumbnail image yet and we get nothing on this site, making it hard to find in our gallery. Try to label entries by the full shot name as well, with decent tags and key words.
We also need one maintained playblast in the Dropbox folder that's always the latest and it's named after the shot (nothing more, and only one video). Again, study the Animator's Handbook for guidelines to avoid repeated nagging in your feedback and keep all the notes focused on the animation.