This Animated Short Film About 2 Young Boys Falling In Love Will Make Your Heart Leap From Your Chest

It'll happen in a heartbeat.

There are plenty of LGBTQ moments happening in animation these days — from Disney's first same-sex kiss to Nickelodeon's first depiction of same-sex parents — but not many, if any at all, that are completely so to their core. Enter In a Heartbeat, an animated short film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two computer animation students from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla.


After making a huge splash with its trailer back in May, In a Heartbeat has finally been released in full on both YouTube and Vimeo. The flick's plot follows Sherwin, a shy middle school kid, and Jonathan, the most popular kid in school. These boys cross paths one day and Sherwin does everything he can do to keep his heart — which pops out of his chest — from revealing how he feels to Jonathan and, subsequently, the rest of their classmates. 

"When we first started working on this film, we knew that we didn't want it to be preachy," the pair of filmmakers previously told HuffPost. "Hopefully it'll resonate with those who identify with this character — and for those who don't, we hope they'll gain an understanding for people who go through this experience."

In a Heartbeat doesn't even need dialogue to accomplish this, and will make you feel with its music and animation alone. It's a relatable story of someone struggling with their same-sex attraction, the humiliation those feelings can bring, and the realization that sometimes your crush might just share the same feelings you're holding inside. Both David and Bravo told Toon Boom Animation they were inspired by the "grace and beauty" in which Rebecca Sugar handles LGBTQ characters on Steven Universe and that they "absolutely" think there's a hunger for LGBTQ-themed animation. The evidence? A Kickstarter for In a Heartbeat raised more than $14,000 with a $3,000 goal, clearly showing that people want to see these stories come to life.

"I think that young people and innovative new filmmakers and artists, they're the future of the industry and they're the ones that are going to be telling these kinds of stories and I'm glad that we get to be part of that new movement," David previously told Teen Vogue. Bravo echoed that, telling the magazine they wanted to "bring light to a subject that is rarely explored in computer animation."

Seeing projects like In a Heartbeat being created by young filmmakers such as David and Bravo, the future of movies seems to be in good hands.

Watch "In a Heartbeat" here:


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