Where I learned animation: http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/index.jsp
Other animation related FAQs: http://mayshing.com/edepth/faq.htm
Advice for career path:
My take on the career is.... if you want to be a regular employee, go to Pixar, the hottest pot with the greatest talents right now.
Everyone wants to work there, but this also means more heated competition for the next directing role, and breaking through to get in will be much more difficult.
I never try to swim to the heated pond... but it doesn't mean you shouldn't, if that's what you feel passionate about, and if you just want to be an animator.
My suggestion is, prepare your skill to be high enough to work at Pixar, but don't go to Pixar, go somewhere else and create ANOTHER PIXAR, that would be the next miracle.
We can use more companies like Pixar in this industry, more than just one, and that's my goal.