Here is a series of tutorials aimed at doing 2d cutout style animation in blender. I've decided to go ahead and start a thread here and post the first tutorial in the series to see what kind of feedback I get from the blender community. I have two other tutorials already recorded and will update this thread with their links when they are ready.
Update #5 [7.09.07] Just added a new tutorial covering replacement animation. It's very basic for now. I suspect I will adding more to it as I update this thread in the future. Don't forget to grab the "replacer.zip" It contains the python script you'll need for this tutorial. It's also got the .blend file I was using for demonstration.
Rigging For Cutout Animation
The assets link is a .zip folder containing the original cutout character in Illustrator Format.
There are also 2 .blend files. The first one is just the final character imported and prepared in blender.
The second .blend file is the same character with an armature and animation applied. I've also included
a python script I like to use for creating curves in blender.
Replacer Script and sample .blend file.