In A Heartbeat: A Powerful Short Film About A Boy Chasing The Guy Of His Dreams
This animated short film is giving the internet all the feels
Uploaded to YouTube on Monday by filmmakers Beth David and Esteban Bravo, In a Heartbeat is a charming tale of teenage love that has quickly gone viral. Animated movies can often tell stories in a way that live-action movies cannot, so here’s a fair warning: You may need a tissue or two to watch this touching and delightful short film.
The animated short film, which was initially produced as a senior thesis project at Ringling College of Art and Design, 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.
Feeling akin to the Disney Animation Studios’ romantic short Paperman, the short film crafts palpable yearning and a sweetly satisfying conclusion in its brief (and silent, besides music) four minutes. The project is buoyed by a charming score from Arturo Cardelús and sound design by Nick Ainsworth.
With its tale of an LGBT crush, the film does much for inclusion, an area where major studios, and particularly animated films, often fall short. Its inclusivity and sweet tone instantly resonated with viewers, prompting positive responses on social media.
See the internet’s reaction below:
in a heartbeat was so pure pic.twitter.com/astVYi7yLa
— emo boyfriend (@maleksolh) August 1, 2017
— laurie | 17 days (@smileybatch) July 31, 2017
STOP WHAT EVER YOU ARE DOING AND WATCH IN A HEARTBEAT MY HEART JUST EXPLODEd AND IM CURRENTLY SWIMMING IN MY TEARS https://t.co/Gca46cDbEb
— lina; MARK DAY (@exoticjeno) July 31, 2017
DID U JUST HEAR SOMEONE SCREAM BC IT WAS ME WATCHING IN A HEARTBEAT ITS THE CTUEST THNIG IVE EVER SEEN
— cam (@phandertale) July 31, 2017