The gay animated short film In a Heartbeat follows “a closeted boy who 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.”
And when his heart finally gets to the crush, it breaks. You’re just going to have to watch to find out what happens next!
Being gay is a subject that hasn’t been wildly explored in computer animation,” the short film’s animators Beth David and Esteban Bravo explain. “Nine out of 10 LGBT youths have reported instances of bullying based on their orientations and identities in the past year. We want to put out a message of love and self-acceptance to all the kids and young people who struggle to identify with LGBT+, just like Sherwin does.”
The creators of this gay animated short film add, “The heart wants what the heart wants, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Watch the gay animated short film In a Heartbeat here:
Commenters on the film’s YouTube are loving what they’re seeing, sharing their love for In a Heartbeat in the comments.
One writes, “Omg, this film has so much meaning to me! It reminds me of my first crush. Although he didn’t like me back. (Cries in gay.)”
“I didn’t know I could feel so many emotions in one video. Holy shit!” says another. “I love this, so cute. I’m actually crying right now. Bless your souls!”
Another writes, “The animation quality in this is stunning, and the whole thing is super heartwarming. Great job guys!!”
And “OMG! I loved it. I’ve been waiting all summer for this. I really really loved it. I gotta be honest I almost cried when the heart was splitting in half.”
What do you think of the gay animated short film In a Heartbeat?
This story was originally published on July 31, 2017.