- Publish Date
- Friday, 4 August 2017, 7:46AM
The heart wants, what the heart wants ...
And the heart of the internet has fallen in love with the animated short film uploaded to YouTube this week, In a Heartbeat.
Created by animation students Esteban Bravo and Beth David, the sweet 4 minute-long video already has a staggering 11 million views (and counting) and has been trending at number one on the video sharing website.
The story of the film follows a young boy, Sherwin, who is still 'in the closet' but "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."
Bravo and David explained to NBC News that drawing on personal experiences helped inspire the story.
“The original pitch was a story between a boy and a girl," David said. "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."
"With [In a Heartbeat], we wanted to challenge the preconceived notion that LGBTQ content is not appropriate or suitable for younger audiences,” Bravo added when talking to NBC News. "It’s an innocent and lighthearted story about a boy and his crush that we hope will resonate with younger people regardless of their background."
"We tried to tell this story from a genuine place," David added, "and be as emotionally honest as we could about how especially layered this experience is for LGBTQ kids."
This adorable animation has definitely captured our hearts! Watch it for yourself above.