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In A Heartbeat: Worth The Hype?
 
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# 1 : Wednesday 2-8-2017 @ 18:01
 
 
Crowd-funded first "gay animated" movie.
Tells the tale of a teenage boy with a secret crush on another student.


Video Link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2REkk9SCRn0

Is it worthy of the hype around it?

I give it a year before it is turned into a Pixar feature-lenght movie.
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# 2 : Wednesday 2-8-2017 @ 18:23
 
 
A feature length animated film takes much longer than a year to make.

Not sure how much hyped it is but it's a nice film, nothing amazing, mind you!
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# 3 : Thursday 3-8-2017 @ 20:14
 
 
A colleague thought it seemed familiar for some reason...





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# 4 : Thursday 3-8-2017 @ 22:05
 
 
What hype?
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# 5 : Thursday 3-8-2017 @ 22:56
 
 
Someone said :
What hype?

The UN tweeted the short, for example.
Or the 12 million views on YouTube in four days.
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# 6 : Friday 4-8-2017 @ 00:11
 
 
Someone said :

The UN tweeted the short, for example.
Or the 12 million views on YouTube in four days.

Oooh Like a good Sony brava advert.
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# 7 : Friday 4-8-2017 @ 22:58
 
 
Someone said :

Oooh Like a good Sony brava advert.

'sactly.

Hype
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# 8 : Saturday 5-8-2017 @ 09:17
 
 
Being Obvious here, it's viral because it's about two boys. the story is beautifully told, yes, but if it was about a boy and a girl, I don't think it would be as viral.
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# 9 : Saturday 5-8-2017 @ 11:35
 
 
I think it is beautifully done, as an animation it is excellent and I love the use of the heart emoji because kids now relate to stuff like that and will anthropomorphize it into a real person saying that it is ok to be gay (I wouldn't be too surprised if in a couple of months that heart emoji is on T-shirts and mugs which they should consider selling now too if they are looking for funding because it is as cute as hell, I'd totally pay for a white t-shirt with that on the front smiling).

Animation is the one place left where kids are bombarded constantly with the idea that only heterosexuality is normal and at that age they take what they are told in cartoons as fact so there is no harm really in using it as a medium to show that there are alternatives as long as it is done right which is the one criticism I would have with this that. It is falling into the Disney trap of "Happy ever after" when in reality, gay or not, the brown haired kid would have most likely kicked 7 shades of poo out of the ginger kid just to hide his own secret but then again cartoons aren't suppose to be a 100% representation of reality.
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# 10 : Sunday 6-8-2017 @ 17:56
 
 
Someone said :

[...] which is the one criticism I would have with this that. It is falling into the Disney trap of "Happy ever after" when in reality, gay or not, the brown haired kid would have most likely kicked 7 shades of poo out of the ginger kid just to hide his own secret but then again cartoons aren't suppose to be a 100% representation of reality.

Is it not the point that this love is no longer "a secret to hide"?
And that the new generation is no longer living in the fear of your generation.

Last week a colleague was telling me how bullies called something her kid was doing "gay", and his natural reply was that he did not find this insulting and that the bulltboy would have to find another insult (he offered a selection too!).
The child was smart nough to know it was safe to do so in this instance, and had no internalized negativity towards same-gender relationship. (No more than he had towards mix-gender relationships anyway)
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