The premise of the short is about a boy trying to control his heart, literally, from outing him upon seeing the boy of his dreams. The 25-second trailer was posted on Twitter and already captured the hearts of the Internet with over 46,000 retweets and 100,000 likes.
The film's message, expressed through pantomime for universal accessibility, encourages you to follow your heart, and the unknown possibilities that prevail when you do.
Nothing could be sweeter or more adorable.
With the lack of a LGBTQ presence in the animated medium, "In a Heartbeat" is a welcome change, especially with zeitgeist Walt Disney Animation proving a disappointment on the GLAAD's studio responsibility index.
However, Disney recently represented a same-sex couple kissing in the background of Disney XD's Star vs. the Forces of Evil TV series in an episode from 2016. Though the quick pan in the scene is quick and subtle, it's a step in the right direction.
A scene from "Star Vs The Forces of Evil." (CREDIT: youtube)
David and Esteban Bravo, seniors at Ringling College of Art and Design studying Computer Animation, are the creators of "In a Heartbeat."
The short was a senior thesis project that was possible after a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund for the music and sound engineering. Donations exceeded $11,000 past their $3,000 goal.
There's clearly an enthusiastic audience looking forward to the film's trailblazing endeavor to advance the responsible portrayal of gay characters in animation, unlike stereotypical characterizations meant for mockery in shows like South Park and feature films like Sausage Party.
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