Created by Rebecca Sugar, the first 5 series were directed by a handful of people, including Ian Jones-Quartey, Kat Morris, and Joe Johnston. The whole series was premiered on Cartoon Network and Steven Universe is Cartoon Network's first animated series that is created by a single woman.
The main theme of the series Steven Universe includes the importance of healthy interpersonal relationships between individuals, Love, and the need for a family.
The story is all about a young boy, Steven Universe (Zach Allison), who lives and grows in a fictional town of beach city, along with the three humanoid, magical aliens - Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. The magical aliens will be working along with Steven Universe to protect the world from the other cruel aliens.
The creator of the Steven Universe, Rebbeca Sugar, developed the lead character of the series, Steven Universe, based on her younger brother Steven,
who was an artist for the series?
Rebecca also added that she developed Steven Universe while she was a writer and storyboard artist on "Adventure Time", and during that time she left when Cartoon Network commissioned her whole series for full production.
The Steven Universe series is storyboard-driven; the show's storyboard artists were responsible for writing the dialogue and creating the action in addition to drawing the storyboards. A wide range of books, comics, and video games was released based on the series, Steven Universe.
The Steven Universe series has its own wide-ranged, worldwide fandom and has been critically acclaimed for its design, music, voice acting, characterization,
prominence of LGBTQ themes, and science fantasy worldbuilding. The series won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Program in 2019, Steven Universe was the first animated series to win the award.
In 2019, the show also received a Peabody Award for Children's & Youth Programming.
It feels really satisfying to know that Steven Universe was also nominated for five Emmy Awards and five Annie Awards.
When Steven Universe started streaming on Cartoon Network on 4, 2013, there came a time when a group of people were unhappy about the portrayal of LBGTQ+ characters
on TV and were calling for a better and casual representation. The groundwork for the series had been set the previous year, with a lot of the episodes done, including
the final seasons mapped out already.
Rebecca Sugar was highly influenced by the game called, " The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and the One Piece anime", before the creation of the series, Steven Universe.
The Series did describe some tabooed themes like bisexuality, same-sex attraction, trauma, grief, consent
and many other complicated themes in its run of over five seasons and a movie, which tailored to appeal to queer youth.
Dating back to 2018, Steven Universe made headlines with a gay wedding between two characters: Ruby and Sapphire, challenging the Cartoon Network's history of "not overtly depicting same-sex marriage" as Rebecca Sugar struggled to get any LGBTQ+ representation on the telecast of the show, with the network ultimately accepting her reasoning.
The 23rd and 24th episode of the fifth season of Steven Universe, "Reunited", which aired on July 6, which she and the crew had worked on for years, and was also praised as an example of the network's frank portrayal of "sexuality and gender identity in children's programming," and positively received by the LGBTQ+ community and a healthy response from the fandom.
This episode made Steven Universe the first kid's show on U.S. television to feature a lesbian wedding and
it broke down the assumption that same-sex romance is "inherently more adult," in Rebecca's words.
The creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch, truly believed that because of this episode of Steven Universe, it meant that Sugar was moving everyone in kid's programming forward in terms of LGBTQ+ representation while Stevenson said that the episode was "bold and courageous," serving as a moment which "knocked down so many walls" for other storytellers.
Despite this, Sugar criticized the casual absence of LGBTQ+ representation, but praised the effort by various shows to increase "LGBTQIA content...in G-rated entertainment".
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Steven Universe, after a break of nearly 10 months, came back with its sixth season, described as a limited epilogue following Steven Universe Season 6 The Movie, and the first teaser trailer has arrived with a premiere date for the 20-new episodes
Given the title as, "Steven Universe Season 6 Future", Steven Universe Season 6 made its debut of four back-to-back episodes on the 7th of December with additional episodes continuing on Cartoon Network.
The animated limited series, Steven Universe Season 6 focuses on the aftermath of the events of Steven Universe, where humans and humanoid aliens coexist in harmony after the end of the war between the Crystal Gems(magical aliens) and Homeworld.
According to the story, Steven must deal with his daily challenges which still came with his present relatively peaceful life, and question his new life objectives without the threats of the Diamonds or corrupted Gems,
The series, Steven Universe Future has been critically acclaimed same as its previous seasons, with the design, music, voice acting, characterization, and prominence of LGBT themes being similarly praised;
Steven Universe Future has been singled out for addressing issues some had with the original series, for its unique choice of focusing on the aftermath of the main story's climax, and for stimulating mental health awareness through its treatment of the experience that Steven had with psychological trauma.
The epilogue series, Steven Universe season 6 got nominated for the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Short Form Animated Program.
In the 6th season of Steven Universe, Steven Universe Season 6, we had Zach Callison as Steven Universe/Monster Steven, Onion, and Jingle Singer, Estelle Swaray as Garnet, Michaela Dietz as Amethyst, and other Gems, Deedee Magno Hall as Pearl, Shell, Brandish and Aubergine Pearl, Shelby Rabara as Peridot.
How far in the future is the Steven Universe Future?
The series is set after the events of Steven Universe: The Movie, which itself takes place two years after the Steven Universe series finale "Change Your Mind".
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Will Steven Universe Future continue?
Rebecca stated following Steven Universe Future's finale in an interview that there will be no official continuation in the development of the next season.
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