Nelson Hurst Top Maya Rigs for Maya

Have you ever watch a student highlight demo reel and said “where did they get that rig from” or “what character rig is that”? Well, Since I’m returning to CG character animation, I searched and  found most of the rig downloads. I am planning on using them to practice with while learning to animate in Maya.

The list below is provided for character animators or TDs looking for quality rigs for training, studying, animation, short films, demo reels, character acting, 11-second club, etc., This is not a top ten or best of the web list. It is a simple resource to bookmark and share when animators are ready to do character animation. There are several lists online of character animation rigs available already, however, these are my top picks; which are mostly cartoon style rigs – I’m inspired by Pixar, Disney, Illumination Entertainment and Blue Sky Studios. 😛

Disclaimer: Before you download, please read the terms and conditions of each rig.


  • Dec 2017: Added Luna Rig, Lily & Snout, and Ronan
  • Jan 2017: Long Winter Studio for $10/month, you can have full access to their entire library.

Maya Rigs - Basic

* useful for learning principles and body mechanics

Maya Character Rigs - Advanced

* useful for pantomime acting and animating dialogue

Maya Creature Rigs

* useful for learning to work with quadrupeds and creatures

That’s all for now, I am planning to update this list regularly as I find rigs I enjoy using. Have fun animating. 🙂

Please remember to bookmark and share. 🙂