A short story about same-gender love that will make you go awww!

This animated love story between two boys will leave you meltingScreengrab
Social LGBTQ+ Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 18:18

It's the story of a teenage boy who has a crush on another teenage boy. While he is scared to express his feelings, his heart can barely control itself.

Made by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two animation students in Florida, In a Heartbeat is melting many hearts on the internet.

The boy, as the filmmakers put it, 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."

"The original pitch was a story between a boy and a girl. But it wasn’t until we made it about a same-gender crush that the idea really started to take form and resonate with Esteban and I. We realized that we had something that could potentially be really special to us," David told NBC News.

The duo made the film as part of their college thesis. They raised the fund for the film from an online campaign and recently released the video on YouTube and Vimeo.

Speaking to NBC News, Bravo said, "There have been a few nods to the LGBTQ community in recent children’s programming … but it's very rare that an LGBTQ character is given the spotlight. Especially in a medium like animation that is predominantly geared towards children and family."

Going by the number of views and overall positive comments it has been receiving on the internet, In a Heartbeat looks like a winner in more ways than just one. 

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