Normally when I see a flash, i can point out at least 5 things wrong with it, most of the time I think to my self "There's so many things wrong with this.."
However, on this occasion, I was simply thinking "There's so many things right with this!" The visual style was new and refreshing, the animation loops for things such as the girl's hair were pulled off in a fabulous way, in that each hair was out of sync with another, whilst still maintaining the "wind blown feel"
The camera work combined with the use of filters was superb! The jolts and shakes at the right time, as well as co-inciding with the music (Which was also a great choice) was fantastic, it made me feel tingly all over as I watched it!
The facial expressions were emotive, and very much portrayed the personality of each character, even though no words were ever spoken.
I also loved al the small details, like the way the balloon rotated from the overhead shot, or how in one part, the boy moved in and out of a blur as the balloon was being shaken, even the part in which the girl holds onto the balloon's rope, where the hand dosn't wrap around, merley lays on a layer above that of the rope, just seemed to work.
Over all, you pulled this off perfectly, even if your graphical style wasnt exact onto the original, it was by no means "screwed up" and was a great representation of what you can achieve, both visually and emotionally through animation!
Ten out of ten, and a definite 1st place on my monthly voting form!