just a bit of info if you are interested how I made the short:
I did the animation entirely in flash, line and color. It is made the old-fashioned way - hand-drawn with no tweening, just reusing some of the shapes when I was too tired to redraw them. Compositing and texturing done in After Effects. I used PS and Painter every once in a while for the backgrounds but most of them are done in Flash. Music score created by my talented friend Chris Porter.
I did not plagiarize the story from any other film; it is based on a true event that happened to one of my dad's buddies back in the day during Soviet times.