2/13 EDIT: Alright! Finally intalled Flash (CS4) onto my computer, so I decided to do a quick test run with something I already had. Turned out a bit better than the previous version, at least with speed.
older Youtube animation can be found here; sketch: [link]
and here; detail: [link]
First version was more a test than anything else. Drew it on openCanvas, then put it together on Windows Movie Maker (didn't have flash or anything, at least not yet). Took about 6-7 hours with 32 frames in one cycle.