When two Ringling College of Art and Design students set out to make an animated short film about a schoolboy with a crush on a (male) classmate, they couldn’t have expected the incredibly positive response they got.
As reported by MTV News, the short film In A Heartbeat, created by Ringling graduates Beth David and Esteban Bravo as their senior thesis, has already racked up nearly three million views on YouTube and number six on the site’s trending charts.
After a year and a half of creation and animation, David and Bravo launched an insanely successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than quadruple their initial ask. They used the funds to hire Arturo Cardelús, a composer whose score makes Heartbeat all the more special.
Despite having only been live for a day, the film has already garnered a huge online fan response, with social media users creating fan-art, cosplaying as main characters Sherwin and Jonathan and calling for a follow-up.
“There’s fan art, and people are cosplaying it,” David told MTV News. “They’re sending us GIFs and edits. That’s crazy! We’re blown away, and it’s so exciting.”
Watch the heart-warming short film and check out fan responses below.
the world needs more animated full movies like in a heartbeat but no instead we get the fucking emoji movie and sausage party
— marce (@tobshamilton) July 31, 2017
If I don’t get a feature film of the cute little short film “In A Heartbeat” than you best believe I’ll be having some words
— jess (@howIscastles) August 1, 2017
in a heartbeat really out here giving the lgbt community proper rep without sexualization or fetishization all in under 5 minutes im sobbing pic.twitter.com/Zkw1peJBCT
— B I N Λ 🍒 (@lovechiId) July 31, 2017
I’ve watched this 27 times already 😭😭😭 https://t.co/ypMj8r3X33
— lanzo (@babyhaim) August 1, 2017
Friend: Are you… are you still thinkin bout–
Me: It’s just “In a Heartbeat” encapsulated a complex struggle I’ve had in such a short ti
— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) July 31, 2017
SO CUTE! “We wanted to challenge the notion that LGBTQ content is not suitable for younger audiences.” Watch: https://t.co/JaJsRzkEf2
— Justin Peligri (@JustinPeligri) August 1, 2017
i cant stress how important it is to show young kids figuring out n dealing w their sexuality in a positive light go support in a heartbeat
— jorts (@summeraristotle) July 31, 2017
you’re wrong if you don’t think the short film “in a heartbeat” is the softest thing to come out of 2017 so far pic.twitter.com/Ib7cmDYQyz
— malec ended tori (@ljghtswood) July 31, 2017
NOT TO BE DRAMATIC BUT IN A HEARTBEAT SAVED 2017 AND IT DESERVES A MOVIE pic.twitter.com/FXexGd6wqS
— ana (@astrolance) July 31, 2017
in a heartbeat is out and super cute!!!! pic.twitter.com/Vj2ywSDQmb
— 💥SULLY💥 (@carnivalcore) July 31, 2017
— 🍭Mocchi🍬 (@Mitoocchi) July 31, 2017
in a heartbeat was so pure pic.twitter.com/astVYi7yLa
— emo boyfriend (@maleksolh) August 1, 2017
— Kylee Solari (@KyleeKayport) July 31, 2017