Demo (*requires Modern Webkit browser)
I wanted to see how close I could get with only CSS3 (and a little bit of helper JS).
Checkout the demo (*Modern Webkit browser required). Though you can see an alternate implementation if you use Firefox 4, and non-animated mode in <4Firefox) [Not tested in IE]
TODO Writeup inset shadow mask technique, and more in-depth impl. info.
On Webkit browsers - I got pretty close, with color transitions and keyframes and using a background gradient animation to simulate the "highlight" textures.
Firefox doesn't support keyframes for the color transitions, so I implemented a used fallback animation with simulated color transitions. IMO the fallback animation on Firefox 4 doesn't look too bad either - with older Firefox's falling back to non-animated glow mode.
Dogfish has a much better variation of colors and highlight textures thank to the use of images.
You could probably hack around Firfeox's lack of keyframe support via color transitions and classes.