The animators are working hard on getting those animation done. This task is very time consuming becuase of all the new animation required fro the new melee system. We don't want to skimp on these animations becuase the new melee is one of the main elements in 1.8. So we're making shure they're not rushed and are well done.
To show you how much work goes into these animations here's a basic formula.
Around 35 animations per model X 10min per aniamtion = 350min per character = Roughly 6 hours of work per model.
(Note: Some animations take much longer to do then 10min)