The Internet is Divided Over This Pixar-Reminiscent Short Film About A Boy Coming Out
In A Heartbeat is an animated short taking the Internet by storm right now and it's not hard to see why.
Put together as a computer animation theses by Ringling College of Art and Design students Beth David and Esteban Bravo, In A Heartbeat has become so much more than a mere school project and quite literally taken on a life of its own, reaching millions.
The short animated film takes a mere four minutes total to capture the real-life experiences of countless LGBTQ members of our youth society and brings a much-needed sense of normal to their lives in a way that has never before been explored in the world of animation, let alone been able to reach so many people all over the world. The story features a young boy who is clearly struggling to come to terms with his feelings for a handsome peer, a brief imagery that invokes countless emotions for anyone who has ever struggled with their inner-self over who they are and what it means from a societal perspective. Even more adorable is the small jumping heart that just screams Pixar and adds a punch of personality to an already adorable and thought-provoking short.
David and Bravo are just two students in Florida but they've managed to "crowdfund" nearly five times their original estimated budget to produce their short film through, you guessed it, Kickstarter. It's not hard to see why so many are enthusiastic but it's clear their efforts and hard work, combined with a powerful message, have paid off. Since launching their short on YouTube they have reached well over 5 million views and most of the Internet is begging for a sequel.
Of course, where there is triumph there is also controversy and like all good things that shed a positive light in places they are desperately needed, there has been some backlash. So, take a look at the touching film for yourself and see why we all need to take a little time to spread a little love and fully engulf yourself in an emotional ride.