I edited this together after having a little epiphany. It was the was the culmination of a multi-day obsession with one song.
I was spacing out after listening to Just War - feat Gruff Rhys on the new Dark Night of the Soul album by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, when I remembered a Soviet anti-war animation made in 1983 I'd seen a year ago — Konflikt (конфликт) by Garry Bardin.
After pulling the full 7m30s film off YouTube, I did a quick and dirty test sync with the song to see if they'd work together. I was blown away by the preliminary results so I resized it from 320x240 QVGA to 1280x720 HD, color corrected, removed noise and grain as best as possible, and retimed the animation to match up with the big movements in the music.
Here's the finished video:
UPDATE: I got in touch with Garry Bardin to make sure he was comfortable with the way I'd used his film, Conflict.
He wrote back delighted with the results!
He's an incredibly talented animator and I really hope his work gets more exposure on the Internet.
UPDATE 2: I've started archiving Garry Bardin's body of work on YouTube. Here are some more details.
UPDATE 3: I recently reuploaded my edit, due to getting access to a high quality version of the original. The picture quality due to the resizing from QVGA wasn't that great, and I finally had a chance to fix it.