‘In a Heartbeat': Watch the LGBT Animated Short That Has Internet Crying Tears of Joy (Video)

Bold, sweet film from directors Beth David and Esteban Bravo hits Monday

Last Updated: July 31, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

An animated short about two boys in love has the internet swooning over its tenderness and timely LGBT inclusion.

“In a Heartbeat,” uploaded to YouTube on Monday from filmmakers Beth David and Esteban Bravo, tells a little-seen story in the animated space:

“A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams,” a logline for the project reads.

Produced at Ringling College of Art and Design, the film has the polished look of any modern animated film in the market (very close to Pixar, in the best way, if you ask us) — but it features a bold kind of storytelling that contemporary studios shy away from.

In “Heartbeat,” an awkward redhead boy crushes on his much smoother male classmate. His fluttering heart, independent of his body, chases down the object of its affection and leaves him vulnerable to the judgment of others in his school.

It’s a clever interpretation of common stories in LGBT youth and delivers something rare for the view — a happy ending.

Across all film releases, no major studio was rated as sufficient when it came to representing gay characters, according to an annual survey from GLAAD. Animation studios like Disney, for instance, only had one film out of 13 that was found to be LGBT inclusive.

In addition to directors David and Bravo, “Heartbeat” counts sound designer Nick Ainsworth and an uplifting score Arturo Cardelús.

Give it a watch; your heart will thank you. Read the best reactions here:

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