After much breathless waiting and anticipation, the animated kids short, “In a Heartbeat, ” was ultimately liberated on July 31, 2017.

The four-minute short film which follows a closeted son as he “runs the risk of being outed by his own nerve after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams” has captivated certain corners of the internet since its trailer was released in May and instantaneously moved viral.

The finished movie is just as adorable and sweet and pure and squee-worthy as devotees were hoping.

People are just altogether loving it.

Like, candidly, truly adoring it.

The short is only four minutes long and totally void of narration or talk.

But its creators, Beth David and Esteban Bravo who completed the project as part of their college senior thesis project were able to invoke so many relatable emotions to queer fans watching at home: the helplessness of puppy love, the adolescent dreaded of being outed as LGBTQ, the judgmental gaze from peers when you are outed as LGBTQ, and the convenience of ultimately discovering you’re not alone.

The project’s 30 -second trailer tugged at heart strings back in May, so you can imagine what a difference the full movie is building now.

“We’re very touched by the response we’ve gotten so far and we’re happy to know that our programme has already had a positive impact on so many people, ” the creators said about two months ago of the film’s blossoming fandom. “It proves to us that there is a need and a wishing for media who are interested in LGBT+ themes in a positive and lighthearted way.”

The two hoped their film’s positive reception will lead to more LGBTQ-inclusive movies being produced down the line.

Fans, it seems, passionately agree 😛 TAGEND

Take four minutes out of your day and watch “In a Heartbeat” right now, below:

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