Watch Two Boys Fall In Love In The Animated Short Film, ‘In A Heartbeat’
Warning: this short film will give you all the feels.
The charming animated short In a Heartbeat, which tells the story of young love, has taken the internet by storm, garnering over 10 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube earlier this week.
Created by filmmakers Beth David and Esteban Bravo and produced at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, In a Heartbeat follows a young man who fears being outed when his heart takes matters into its own hands and pops out of his chest to chase after his crush.
“The original pitch was a story between a boy and a girl,” David told NBC News. “But it wasn’t until we made it about a same-gender crush that the idea really started to take form and resonate with Esteban and I. We realized that we had something that could potentially be really special to us.”
Even though the film is only four minutes long, and includes no dialogue, its tale of an LGBT crush does much for inclusion, an area where major studios, and particularly animated films, often fall short.
David and Bravo raised more than $14,000 on Kickstarter to finance the making of the film last December. When the first trailer for the short debuted in the spring, the clip alone was viewed over one million times.