This is an art direction shot for my senior film. That is to say, a shot that details the look of the final finished film.
I built the office in Maya 2008 for simple blocking and composition, painted over it in Photoshop CS3 to give it the classic cartoon feel, and then drew the monkeys over the BG in Photoshop as well. There's not going to be any shading on the monkeys to save production time for animation, but there will be a gradient applied to them in After Effects in post-production.
Hopefully this will explain why it's going to take 2 quarters at school to do a 1:10 minute short.