Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged.
Children’s entertainment has made some modest strides in breaking free of outdated gender roles, but there’s still a huge void in queer representation aimed at a family-friendly crowd.
A new animated film is setting out to change that, causing hearts to melt across the web.
In A Heartbeat was created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two animation students at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. It tells the story of 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.”
Two months ago, the trailer instantly went viral, racking up millions of views.
And now, the entire 4-minute short is here to brighten and heighten your day.