Got some honest feedback on sh01 from my great friends at DICE and Kaktus - both said the same: too floaty. And Johan sent me a great link on pose-2-pose animation. It made me see. Best part is a link from those tutorials about how he fixes delays and overlapping and all that today - rather than how he did it. A must read.
I'm trying to adapt to this way of animating, and it kind of works. Here's where I am after today (took about 2 hours to do). It's with linear curves. Next up is adding "pictures" for overlapping etc.