If sound doesn't play the first time, right click the picture and click "Play". If it still doesn't work, turn the volume up on your speakers.
Animation shouldn't take too long to load. It really depends on how you sign on. If you sign on with a cable modem, it should load quickly. If you sign on like me, with a 56k modem, it might take a moment or two. Because it took me a while to make, please stay and watch it.