2D and 3D animation programs that are easiest to learn.

Now I know there are a range of programs out there at are free that work in 2D and 3D animation, but which one of them is easy to use?
I have blender but it’s definitely not for beginner’s at all. I’ve learn how to model a character based on pictures somewhat but to actually do it myself is another story. The only thing I can do so far is somewhat move the camera angle. I know blender is powerful, I only wish it was easier to use. As a newbie it’ll definitely take time. What do you recommend? Something that is easy to use, or easiest to learn to use that is 3D and 2D. open-source or freeware.

You could try Wings 3D.