|Created by||Rebecca Sugar|
|Directed by||Supervising Director:|
Kevin Dart (season 1, episodes 1-12 (2013-2014))
|Voices of||Zach Callison|
Deedee Magno Hall
|Opening theme||"We Are the Crystal Gems", written by Rebecca Sugar & arranged by Jeff Liu|
|Ending theme||Ending Theme (Love Like You) written by Rebecca Sugar and composed by Aivi & Surasshu|
Steven "Surasshu" Velema
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||160 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Rebecca Sugar|
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cartoon Network Studios|
|Original network||Cartoon Network TV Network|
|Picture format||1080i (14:9 HDTV) (14:9)|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|First shown in||July 27, 2013 (pilot)|
|Original release||December 17, 2018 – present|
Steven Universe is an animated series on Cartoon Network. It is about a young boy called Steven Universe, who is half gem (an alien race who are made of gem crystals) and half human, and follows his story with the Crystal Gems, a rebel group against the Gem Homeworld. Steven explores the Gem Homeworld and his own connection with Pink Diamond.
Context[change | change source]
Gem Society[change | change source]
Gems are an all-female-appearing alien race made up of a gem crystal and a "hard light" form that makes up their personal appearance. Gem society is divided in such a way that each type of Gem, e.g. diamonds, pearls e.t.c. have a role in society.
Diamonds are the ruling class of the Gem Homeworld, served by servant Pearls. There are three known diamonds: Pink Diamond, Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond. All other Gems are either assigned to a Diamond (apart from Pink, because she is not present on Homeworld), or unaligned. Unaligned gems are either rebels or corrupted (corruption is the corruption of a hard light form, forcing the Gem to take on the appearance of a monster).
Homeworld colonises other worlds so that new Gems can be formed from the minerals found in the ground; this had devastating impacts when Earth was in the process of colonisation.
The Crystal Gems[change | change source]
The Crystal Gems are a rebel group led by Pink Diamond / Rose Quartz (who are both one individual). They previously fought Homeworld because Pink Diamond wanted to protect the life on Earth. After the Diamonds forced the end of the war with the corruption Gems on Earth (aside from the main Crystal Gems), the rebel group went into hiding, although since the birth of Steven, they have had more contact with Homeworld.
They are currently composed of Steven, Connie, Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Peridot and occasionally Bismuth at times.
Fusion[change | change source]
Fusion is the process in which the hard light forms of two gems are forced together by choice to create a new form, and a new personality of the Gem. It can only be achieved by perfect synchronisation of two Gems. Steven is an exception to this rule - because he possesses Pink Diamond's Gem in his body, he is capable of fusing with both humans and Gems, for example, with Connie to form Stevonnie.
Fusion between different Gem classes is strongly discouraged.
Characters[change | change source]
Main[change | change source]
- Steven Universe (half-human half-Gem, main character)
- Garnet (fusion of Ruby and Sapphire, taller than Steven)
- Amethyst-5-8XM (Crystal Gem from Earth, Steven's friend)
- Pearl (Crystal Gem, served on Homeworld before she met Pink Diamond disguised as Rose Quartz)
Minor[change | change source]
- Peridot-2F5L-5XG (A Homeworld gem, friend of Steven and Lapis Lazuli)
- Lapis Lazuli (A Homeworld gem, friend of Steven and Peridot)
- Connie Maheswaran (Steven's best friend)
- Lars Barriga of the Stars (Worker at the Big Donut store, Steven's rival then friend who fought/argued with Steven in the episode "Lars and the Cool Kids")
- Sadie Miller (Worker at the Big Donut store, Steven's friend)
- Lion (Steven's magical pet lion)
- Greg Universe (Steven's father)
- Pink Diamond-Universe (Steven's deceased mother, past Crystal Gem leader and ruling Diamond on Homeworld)
- Ruby-1F4-4N (A Crystal Gem who fuses with Sapphire to form Garnet and be slightly taller than Steven)
- Sapphire (A Crystal Gem who fuses with Ruby to form Garnet and be slightly taller than Steven)
- Yellow Diamond (A Diamond gem from Homeworld and one of Steven's aunts)
- Blue Diamond (A Diamond gem from Homeworld and one of Steven's aunts)
- White Diamond (A Diamond gem from Homeworld and one of Steven's aunts)
- Jasper (A Homeworld gem and rival of the Crystal Gems, breifly corrupted)
- Doug Maheswaran (Connie's father)
- Dr. Priyanka Maheswaran (Connie's mother)
- Mr. Fryman (Owner of the local fries shop, Beach Citywalk Fries)
- Peedee (Son of Mr. Fryman, Beach Citywalk Fries worker, younger brother of Ronaldo)
- Ronaldo (Beach City's local conspiracy theorist, son of Mr. Fryman, older brother of Peedee)
- Harold Smiley (Manager of Beach City's fair, Funland, and arcade)
- Mayor Bill Dewey (Beach City's mayor)
- Yellowtail (Fisherman, Onion's father)
- Onion (Steven's friend)
- Kofi Pizza (Owner of Fish Stew Pizza, the local pizza shop)
- Kiki Pizza (Daughter of Kofi, younger twin sister of Jenny)
- Gunga "Nanefua" Pizza (Mother of Kofi)
- "The Cool Kids" (Steven's teenage friends)
- Buck Dewey (Bill Dewey's son)
- Sour Cream (Yellowtail's step-son)
- Jenny Pizza (Kofi's daughter, older twin sister of Kiki)
References[change | change source]
- McLean, Thomas J. (2012-09-11). "Cartoon Network Greenlights Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa Series". Animation Magazine. http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/cn-greenlights-steven-universe-uncle-grandpa-series/. Retrieved 2013-08-11.