The Gems are ageless alien warriors who project female humanoid forms from magical gemstones at the core of their being. and G.A.L.S. The character's powers and home-world technology are revealed at a "measured (very slow) pace", satisfying the viewer and keeping the series clear of superhero territory. [39] Her childlike, innocent appearance contrasts with her ruthless and sadistic personality; Steven describes her as "awful, small, and mean". Jones-Quartey wanted to work with something new, retaining elements of the show's previous project. [188], The series' music has also been widely praised. Humans: Lars Barriga, Other Gems: Minor Gems • Unknown Gems (Morganite • Nephrite-XJ Cut-763 • Unknown Quartz Warrior • Blue Diamond's Court • Pink Diamond's Entourage • Unknown Crystal Gems • 67 Elite Citrines • Pyrites • Hessonites, Demantoids, and Pyropes • Kyanites), Comic Gems: Ant Gem Monster • Clock Tower Gem • Frozen Fragment • Glass Ghost • Invisible Manta Ray • Mole Gem Monster • Mollusk • Monster Lizard Gem • Obelisk • Old Book Gem • Plant Monster • Perils of Pweepwee • Rainbow Cloud Monster • Red Bird Gem Monster • Red Eel Monster • Scorching Shard • Slime Gem Monster • Slug Monster • Snowbeast • Tentacle Monster • Unknown Giant Bird, Other: Baby Melon • Blue Crab • Cactus Steven • Holo-Pearl • Magic Moss • Steven Jr. • Watermelon Stevens, Other: Blue Crabs • Butt Lobster • Crystal Basilisk • Dog • Mask Island Fish • Onion's Mouse • Onion's Snake • Party Guy • Raccoon • Seagulls • Snake • Steven The Third • Susan • Minor Animal Characters The series won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Program in 2019, becoming the first animated series to win the award. Connie (voiced by Grace Rolek) is Steven's best friend. [16] He wanted it to have a "specific style" so viewers could believe it was based on a real location; he drew the roads and shops consistently oriented with the Temple and a water tower. [40], During storyboard meetings, artists draw their ideas on post-it notes, which are then attached to walls, table and boxes in the corners of their conference room. Steven initially feels great pressure to live up to her example as a compassionate leader, but his relationship with her memory becomes complicated at the end of the third season when he learns of morally questionable actions that she undertook during the war. The show tells the coming-of-age story of a young boy, Steven Universe (Zach Callison), who lives with the Crystal Gems—magical, humanoid aliens named Garnet , Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), and Pearl (Deedee … [16] Cartoon Network also provided Sugar with a list of suggested writers; when she saw Ben Levin and Matt Burnett (former writers for Level Up) on the list she immediately asked them to join her team because she was familiar with their work. Believes that Samuel L.Jackson is the greatest actor on earth and misses video stores. Levin said the Gem mythology and drama would have been less interesting if Steven was not as well-developed in the first few episodes. Nephrite (voiced by Aparna Nancherla) was an officer of the Homeworld army who was left behind on Earth when the Homeworld Gems abandoned the planet and became corrupted by the Diamonds' attack. Steven is able to heal and revive life, when reviving somebody they will turn pink and have extra abilities like opening portals or having a pocket dimension in their hair. [59] The animation is drawn and inked on paper, then scanned and colored digitally. She plays a prominent role in the last part of the second season, during which her character arc centers around her learning to outgrow Homeworld’s hierarchical, utilitarian mindset and to appreciate the value of friendship, individuality, and life on Earth. He offers her stability and dedication that others do not quite see. While Pearl does get a phone later on, she never uses it to call the nameless biker girl again. Gem Fusions: Alexandrite • Crazy Lace Agate • Garnet • Mega Pearl • Obsidian (Rose Quartz Fusion) • Opal • Rainbow Quartz • Sardonyx • Sugilite The drawings play a major role in forming episode ideas; Sugar looks at these designs and occasionally makes changes to key poses. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. [72] Sugar writes songs for the series during her travels, accompanying herself on a ukulele. Sadie is friendly and shy, but has difficulty asserting herself and tends to try and fix Lars' issues for him. [37] Cartoon Network executives authorized the Steven Universe production crew to begin working after their pre-production presentation, for which the crew were well-prepared. It’s safe to guess that White Diamond – who learned how oppressive her mindset is – would change her world’s social order, but this isn’t confirmed or denied. Li'l Butler: Li'l Butler • Mr. Money • Mrs. Money • Daughter Money • Dirtbike Money The flyers that were used when Onion went missing had "MISSING" written over "Wanted", indicating that Onion is a wanted criminal. In the third-season episode "Monster Reunion", he partially and temporarily heals her corruption and learns her history. 1 on iTunes", "Steven Universe, Minisodes Vol. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and is the first Cartoon Network show to be created by a woman. Those episodes led to the season-one finale as a minor story arc. [19] Steven Sugar designed the rest of Beach City for the series; he was painstaking in his attention to detail. [152] Reviewers also enjoyed the diverse, ensemble cast's voice acting, particularly that of Tom Scharpling's Greg,[153] Zach Callison's "exuberant and expressive"[154] work as Steven and Grace Rolek "singing her heart out" as Connie. According to storyboard artist Hilary Florido, much of the series' action and magic are narrative climaxes, demonstrating the characters' discoveries, difficulties and views. [95], "Say Uncle" is a crossover episode with Uncle Grandpa that aired on April 2, 2015. The Spirit Morph Saga: Archimicarus • Lisa • Plinkman • Wind Lizard, Groups: Light Army • Blue Monsters • Green Monsters • Indigo Monsters • Orange Monsters • Red Monsters. He has also shown to have a rather strange fixation with food, in that he is never seen eating it but instead throwing or destroying said food as said by Steven and proven in "Onion Trade" and "Onion Friend". [31] Sugar planned for the characters' designs to receive visual benchmarks so the show's artists can draw them consistently. He is also very mature and hard-working, with many responsibilities and tasks he engages in. The show tells the coming-of-age story of a young boy, Steven Universe (Zach Callison), who lives with the Crystal Gems—magical, humanoid aliens named Garnet (Estelle), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), and Pearl (Deedee Magno Hall)—in the fictional town of Beach City. I don't know where that fool is! [87] Despite the show's end, Sugar has indicated that more stories could exist, but has stated that she needs a long break before deciding how to approach such a continuation.[101][102][103]. [52] According to Ben Levin, writing a season of Steven Universe is like a "jigsaw puzzle" because the writing team must assemble a number of plot ideas, which are discarded if they do not benefit character growth. She also encourages his expressive nature. The second-season episode "The Answer", a flashback showing how Ruby and Sapphire met and formed Garnet for the first time, was nominated for an Emmy Award and adapted into a children's book. On the Gem Homeworld, pearls are "made-to-order" servants for high-ranking Gems, and the fifth season reveals that Pearl originally served Rose Quartz in Rose's original identity of Pink Diamond. [90] It began airing on Cartoon Network channels in Australia on February 3, 2014,[91] and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 12 of that year. Club, who noted that "the show's superheroes are all women". He is most likely a late bloomer, as he hasn’t visibly aged during the 2 year time skip in the movie, though it may just be another strange and unexplained aspect of Onion. [48] Sugar wanted the series to focus on comedy and positivity before exploring controversial subjects involving the main characters, thinking it was "more honest" to begin the show with happiness instead of action or drama. [41] Each episode's storyboards are created by two artists, each of whom writes half of the dialogue and draws panels similar to comic strips. Greg and Vidalia have known each other for more than 15 years. [34] According to Sugar, the Gems are "some version of me ... neurotic, lazy, decisive". [13], When the original pilot was presented to Cartoon Network executives, they told the crew the series would air in 2013.