The new animated short film In a Heartbeat has taken the internet by storm, leaving us swimming in tears of the happy kind. The film provides a rare glimpse into the lives of gay children. It also reminds us that the heart wants what it wants.

In a Heartbeat joins the ranks of several other unique and stunning animated shorts. From Disney and Pixar to college student projects, numerous films have come out over the years that explore the different sides of romance. If you’re in the mood for love and inspiration, these five animated shorts are some of the best out there and are well worth watching.

1. Lava

'Lava' [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]
‘Lava’ [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

Lava follows the love story of two volcanoes, Uku and Lele, over millions of years. Uku is a lonely volcano on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean. Each day, he sings a song about his desire to have someone to “lava” (love). As years go by, he slowly sinks into the ocean. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him, another volcano, Lele, has been forming underwater nearby. Inspired by Uku’s song and their mutual love, Lele began growing towards the surface.

Years pass and, as the landmass shifts, Lele becomes a tall volcano above the ocean’s surface. Tragically, she grew facing the wrong direction and couldn’t see Uku, who was sinking behind her. She sings Uku’s song in hopes of reaching him, but he is soon completely underwater. Will her song be able to lift him back to the surface?

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