my animation has turned to garbage
My project has turned to garbage. Look. After 4 days of work this is what loads up.
Dan Tull commented
That looks like what happens when a referenced artwork file has been moved, deleted, or renamed.
If you select that puppet in the project panel, the properties panel (toward the top on the right, generally) should have a path to the underlying artwork. If that path is orange, it indicates it can't be found. You can click on it to point Character Animator to an updated location and it should reconcile the artwork and recover.
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