It can be difficult deciding what movies to watch with your kid–because there’s just so many and I mean, how many times do you really want to watch another Disney film? (We’re sorry, but you know, the same old themes get boring and old after awhile.)
Well, luckily there’s a new animated film unlike the rest–and I can’t wait to see it.
“In A Heartbeat” is a new film created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two animation students at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. And the storyline is so awesome and necessary: It’s about a closeted boy who “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.”
Sherwin is the main character, a teen unsure of sexual identity–until he meets classmate Jonathan. The problem? Sherwin’s heart literally pops out of his chest and chases after his crush–and he needs to retrieve it.
Um, yes. This is the perfect movie to watch with your kid, while also starting the whole “yes some boys love boys, and some girls love girls” conversation.
David explained why they made the film: “We want to put out a message of love and self acceptance to all the kids and young people who struggle to identify as LGBT+ just like Sherwin does.”
Both David and Bravo also told Huffington Post that they hope the film educates people, adults and kids alike, what it’s like to grow up and realizing you aren’t straight:
“When we first started working on this film, we knew that we didn’t want it to be preachy. There isn’t even dialogue, so we never have the characters speak to persuade the audience of anything.
We simply wanted to show the audience what growing up was like for us through this story about a sweet, red-headed boy who feels just as confused and scared about his feelings as we did. Hopefully, it’ll resonate with those who identify with this character – and for those who don’t, we hope they’ll gain an understanding for people who go through this experience.”
The film, which was partially funded in a 2016 through a Kickstarter campaign, is scheduled for release for free online this summer–which means you have no excuse not to check it out.
Many people are already excited about it on Twitter:
the trailer for “in a heartbeat” is the purest thing i’ve ever seen i can’t wait to see the full thing pic.twitter.com/A4zgbXBzm2
— taylor🥀 (@etherealtayIor) May 17, 2017
the trailer for ‘in a heartbeat’ is out and i’m still crying pic.twitter.com/UYQpgVyr7I
— Caleigh💫/RIP Ari (@sushirolltroye) May 18, 2017
Watch the entire trailer here: