It’s the anniversary of the Steven Universe Future finale! I won’t ever be able to return what this show has done for me and I can’t thank the Crewniverse and this community enough for forever changing my life!!! ⭐️💖
Major Networks: Kids just can’t understand complex themes and subjects. You have to dumb everything down for them...
Avatar: How about the theme no one is truly evil. Everyone can be redeemed. You always have a choice. Friendships last more than one life time... all while having the world almost burn into a fiery flame and our main protagonists having to wonder if they truly believe in all the themes I just mentioned.
Over the Garden Wall: What about having a show where it’s just big metaphor for the after life and it’s kids wondering in the grey area between life and death. Along the way they learn how to truly treat each other as brothers... and make it only slightly scarring.
Gravity Falls: I love what your doing with the sightly scarring bit but what if we adding the theme of all good things must come to an end, You don’t know everyone’s situation, and life is a mystery so go out and solve it. Also let’s add some codes for kids to crack... because they’re smart.
Steven Universe: Okay but what about the theme love conquers all but also show the hardship war and destructive love has on people and how it can hurt people even thousands of years after the fact, but it’s never too late to try and make it better... also make it have queer representation.
She-ra: See, I like what your doing with that queer representation... but what if we showed that abuse victims don’t have to continue the cycle even if it seems like they reached a point of no return, they can become better. Also show that everyone has the power to be good but not everyone will choose to be good, and you can be selfish sometimes... also let’s show an wlw that has no mentions of homophobia... because lesbians with swords.
Great article, with a LOT of interviews from showrunners like Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe and Adventure Time), Noelle Stevenson (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power), and Dana Terrace (The Owl House) about the history (and battles) of getting gay romance into cartoons over the last decade.
TODAY IS THE DAY!! @rebeccasugar , we will never forget this incredible gift to us that is your show. Let's give one last goodbye to one of the best show I ever seen in my life. Thank you for all the lesson you tought me, thank you for all the emotions you made us feel, and thank you for the amazing journey that have been the last 7 years of my life with you, so thank you steven universe !
ok so i went to a talk with rebecca sugar and ian jq and i totally forgot until now so here’s some fun things they talked about
- whenever theres a duo in either of their shows (ex: ruby and sapphire, rad and enid) it’s usually just their self-inserts lol
- enid was inspired by a store clerk who ian jq met who ignored a guy flirting with her the entire time ian was there
- they used to go to the roof of cartoon network and demo rebecca’s songs for adventure time and ian would spend the whole time trying to hype them up (guys they are so cute its insane.)
- su’s goal was to have gay characters without them being the punchline
- steven as a character was meant to help rebecca work through the revelation that she was bi and nonbinary (trans steven nation rise up)
- after ian stopped working on su, steven immediately became more miserable in the show
- the adventure time crew got in trouble after ‘what was missing’ bc cartoon network realized they were trying to hint at bubbline being a thing
- rebecca sugar has The nicest voice oml
(- also while they were talking about how dumb it is to censor queer ppl in kids show and i commented ‘period bestie go off’ and I think rebecca saw it because they looked so confused for a second (im so sorry mx. sugar))
- steven and ko are kind of the same character in a different font, both kids with immense trauma trying to protect what they love
- ian came up for the idea of the boardwalk for su!
- their advice to ppl trying to tell queer stories: ‘do it but don’t forget to take care of yourself and your mental health, nothing’s more important than that. also don’t think of animation as the only way to do it--do comics, books, anything’
And, kudos to Rebecca Sugar! I’m really glad she’s getting to move onto and experiment with other projects and songs... Don’t get me wrong I love Steven Universe and obviously so does she;
But take the regular stress of working on a show, dial it up to eleven, having to do that for SEVEN years, the constant mess that was dealing with CN executives and their homophobia and inconsistent airings, the fandom, the haters, and just...
It seems they’ve given themselves a whole-ass year of vacation and I’m RELIEVED to hear it! Good for her, Rebecca can free her mind a bit and try something new, away from all that pressure and expectation- Just experiment and have fun for their own sake! Music should help her relax, it’s very soothing I imagine.
What I found most interesting in this process was just how many Cisgender/cisgender presenting characters are human compared to trans and nonbinary characters. Granted trans and nonbinary characters make up a smaller amount of the database but just within that breakdown, they’re mostly non-human.
Steven Universe gems are categorized as nonbinary, and the characters were capped at 40 since there would be too many because Sugar mentioned all the gems are nonbinary. They do make up a huge chunk of that non-human category, but it’s surprising to see just how little nonbinary and trans characters are human.
"[Rose] makes sense once you know she is her own worst enemy. She dreams, achingly, that she could become compassionate, because she's sure she's incapable of compassion. Her lack of respect for herself makes it impossible for her to respect everyone closest to her. She reveres them instead, because they are better than she could ever be, and that reverence is so honest and intoxicating that it draws everyone closer to her, without them understanding the deep self-hatred that pull is coming from."
-- Rebecca Sugar, "Steven Universe: End of an Era"
I feel so bad for Rebecca honestly. She had so much planned for the show, and stated herself that she didn't know if they had anything else planned after season 5 because CN didn't confirm it until CYM had been completely written. Afterwards, they greenlit Future, which is why it's written the way it was. So here's some stuff Rebecca had said she wanted to get into or stuff that the writers had confirmed would happen until all of the aforementioned.
Amethyst backstory episode (where Rose is very motherly.), An episode about Rose deciding to have Steven, an episode regarding Rhodonite's backstory, an episode with Morganite (who even had a canon design!), Mystery Girl's return, why the Zircon's were "in trouble.", Spinel and the diamonds still having "problems to settle out.", what happens when a gem is left in the dark too long, Lapis lore, backstory, and details about her powers, an episode about Lars discovering his lion powers.
All of this stuff was mentioned by some of the crew but I don't blame them for none of it getting to be made. I can tell they wanted to do so much more, but over the years the Steven Bomb format was set up and the crew had to start writing the story in small clusters of episodes to air in bomb format rather than how it was formerly written. I just wish the crew had gotten more say in their show's airing format because over the last few years CN has had some serious bias against their animated shows regarding TTG. Hopefully with their new CEO and management (who was a former showrunner!) each creator gets equal say in how their show is run.