Steven Universe

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Steven Universe
Steven Universe.png
GenreAdventure
Action
Comedy-drama
Fantasy
Musical
FormatAnimated series
Created byRebecca Sugar
Written byRebecca Sugar
Ian Jones-Quartey
Joe Johnston
Jeff Liu
Kat Morris
Paul Villeco
Creative director(s)Ian Jones-Quartey
Voices ofZach Callison
Estelle
Michaela Dietz
Deedee Magno Hall
Matthew Moy
Kate Micucci
Tom Scharpling
Opening theme"We are the Crystal Gems", written by Rebecca Sugar & arranged by Jeff Liu
Composer(s)Aivi & Surasshu
Nick Demayo (additional music)
Rebecca Sugar (additional music)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (5 aired)[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rebecca Sugar
Producer(s)Jackie Buscarino
Chuck Austen (supervising producer)
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesCartoon Network Studios[2]
DistributorCartoon Network
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Picture format16:9 1080i (HDTV)
First shown inJuly 27, 2013 (pilot)
Original airingNovember 4, 2013 – present
Chronology
Related showsAdventure Time
External links
Official website
 
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Steven Universe
Steven Universe.png
GenreAdventure
Action
Comedy-drama
Fantasy
Musical
FormatAnimated series
Created byRebecca Sugar
Written byRebecca Sugar
Ian Jones-Quartey
Joe Johnston
Jeff Liu
Kat Morris
Paul Villeco
Creative director(s)Ian Jones-Quartey
Voices ofZach Callison
Estelle
Michaela Dietz
Deedee Magno Hall
Matthew Moy
Kate Micucci
Tom Scharpling
Opening theme"We are the Crystal Gems", written by Rebecca Sugar & arranged by Jeff Liu
Composer(s)Aivi & Surasshu
Nick Demayo (additional music)
Rebecca Sugar (additional music)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (5 aired)[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rebecca Sugar
Producer(s)Jackie Buscarino
Chuck Austen (supervising producer)
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesCartoon Network Studios[2]
DistributorCartoon Network
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Picture format16:9 1080i (HDTV)
First shown inJuly 27, 2013 (pilot)
Original airingNovember 4, 2013 – present
Chronology
Related showsAdventure Time
External links
Official website

Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist, writer, and composer for Adventure Time. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and is the first show by the studio to be created by a woman. The series, rated TV-PG, premiered on Cartoon Network in North America on November 4, 2013.

Plot[edit]

In Steven Universe, the world is protected from evil threats by the Crystal Gems, a group of intergalactic female warriors who use the power of special gem stones embedded on their bodies to summon magical weapons. Joining the cool-headed Garnet, the laid back Amethyst, and the gentle Pearl, all teenage girls, is the unlikely fourth member of the team; the eponymous Steven, a young boy who inherited a gem stone from his mother, a Crystal Gem named Rose Quartz. As Steven tries to figure out the secrets to using his gem, he spends his days in Beach City doing activities with the other Crystal Gems, whether it's helping them save the universe or just hanging out.

Characters[edit]

Official release poster by creator Rebecca Sugar.

Members of the Crystal Gems[edit]

Other characters[edit]

Development[edit]

The titular character, Steven, is roughly based on Sugar's younger brother Steven Sugar,[5] who is now a background artist for the online web series, Bravest Warriors, created by Pendleton Ward of Adventure Time fame (he is also the background artist for Steven Universe as well). Growing up, Sugar would create miscellaneous comics between herself and Steven, as well as with other friends.[6] In an interview with The New York Times, she commented on the development of the titular character's background, expressing her desire to base the character from the viewpoint of her brother growing up "where you're so comfortable in your life because you get all the attention, but you also want to rise up and not be the little brother."[7] The show is set in the fictional Beach City, which is loosely based on Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, and Dewey Beach, Delaware, all places that Sugar visited as a child.[5]

Broadcast history[edit]

The pilot episode for Steven Universe, along with a few other pilots, were released on Cartoon Network's video platform on May 21, 2013.[8] They were taken down and redirected to a 404 page shortly after.[9] On July 20, 2013, Cartoon Network uploaded an edited version of the pilot to both their official website and Facebook page,[10] The pilots were also exhibited at the San Diego Comic-Con,[11] and from July 27 to July 28, 2013, Cartoon Network aired a sneak peek of the pilot as part of Big Fan Weekend, along with the pilots for Clarence and Uncle Grandpa. A 30-minute panel dedicated to the series was hosted at the New York Comic Con on October 13, 2013, with Rebecca Sugar hosting.[12] The series premiered on November 4, 2013 on Cartoon Network, with two episodes.[3]

Reception[edit]

Initial announcements of the series have attained positive press for Sugar being the first female creator for any show produced by Cartoon Network Studios.[13] When asked about her role as a solo female creator, she responded with gratitude towards the feedback, ultimately voicing her passion to be a role model "just in the sense that I get to make what the ultimate cartoon should be. I tried to be a role model [by showing that] anyone who wanted to could take really traditional ideas of animation and bring them into the present but keep all the trappings of what [was] used [to make cartoons great] in the past."[14]

Episodes[edit]

Steven Universe series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Season premiereSeason finale
PilotJuly 27, 2013
126[1]November 4, 2013TBA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cartoon Network Orders More Episodes Of Rookies Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe". Deadline.com. PMC. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  2. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (2012-09-11). "Cartoon Network Greenlights Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa Series". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e D’Amato, Adrienne; Lach, Dawn; Ungerson, Shana (2013-10-03). "Steven Universe" (Press release). Cartoon Network. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Résumé of Zach Callison". Zach Callison: The Official Website. 2013. Retrieved 013-08-11. "[Section for voice-over work]: Steven's Universe [sic]: Steven (Cartoon Network)" 
  5. ^ a b Cavna, Michael (November 1, 2013). "'Steven Universe' creator Rebecca Sugar is a Cartoon Network trailblazer". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ Zargari, Shahab; Ryan Brunty, Ryan Davis (2013-07-27). "SDCC 2013 Press Roundtable Interview Series: Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, and Steven Universe" (Audiovisual work). Verbicide Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-12. "[Steven Universe, 1:58–2:06] I've always loved working with my friends on comics, and growing up, I did a lot of comics, and me and my brother together, we would do a lot of comics ..." 
  7. ^ Ito, Robert; Jeremy Egner (2013-07-26). "Rising Animators Spring Into Motion". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  8. ^ Amidi, Amid (2013-05-21). "Sneak Peek: Cartoon Network's Steven Universe by Rebecca Sugar". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  9. ^ Woerner, Meredith (2013-05-22). "Watch the amazing, fantastic and stupendous pilot of Steven Universe". io9. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  10. ^ Bricken, Rob (2013-07-20). "The first look at Rebecca Sugar's amazing new cartoon Steven Universe". io9. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  11. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (2013-07-22). "Cartoon Network Sneak Peeks Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  12. ^ "Cartoon Network presents Steven Universe". Panels & Autographing. New York Comic Con. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  13. ^ Amidi, Amid (2012-10-05). "Rebecca Sugar Is Cartoon Network's First Solo Woman Show Creator". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  14. ^ OLeary, Shannon (2013-07-24). "Cartoon Network Shows to watch out for: Steve Universe, Uncle Grandpa, and Clarence". The Beat. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 

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