"Steven Universe" News and Discussion Thread (Spoilers)

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Nexonius

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This is the news and discussion thread about Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar (formerly of Adventure Time).

Let us start with the announcement made 4 months back:

Cartoon Network Greenlights Two Animated Series from Homegrown Talent | Cartoon Brew

Also, let's not forget that she's the first solo female to create a Cartoon Network series.

Around the same time, Ian Jones-Quartey (also formerly of Adventure Time and Secret Mountain Ft. Awesome) announced he's doing storyboards, while Steven Sugar's (Rebecca's brother) providing backgrounds.

Also on board are writers Matt Burnett and Ben Levin (who also wrote for Level Up).

This may be Cartoon Network's most anticipated series since Adventure Time, and I've been following the project since April via trademarks, but didn't know who created it.

What are your thoughts?
 
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TheCtes

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A new original animated series where the art itself doesn't look awful! Hasn't happened since Regular Show. I'm sorry fans of The Problem Solverz, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and The Annoying Orange, but those did have an appeal that probably hurt them. This could do good so far!
 

I.R. Shokew

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What I saw in Regular Show and Adventure Time (and some parts Gumball) better be found here, that's for sure. By that, I mean overall enjoyability from the very start, especially if CN wants to make up for most of their current missteps as of late...

Those designs do show signs of positively strong potential, so that's one plus-side. It's all down to the storytelling & writing to do the rest for me...
 

Goldstar Neo

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The appeal of a female getting her series greenlit alone is enough to get me to watch this.
I'd be more impressed by the fact that the series creator is female, if it weren't for the fact that, a) the title character is a boy, and b) the title character has a present father and a dead/absent/missing mother. I was hoping that a female creator would want to avoid the usual tropes and try something a little different, but nonetheless, I want to like Steven Universe, so I'm going to try to not let my personal biases interfere with my overall feelings for the show when I watch the premiere.
 
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MDawg

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Gatordragon

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The appeal of a female getting her series greenlit alone is enough to get me to watch this.
While it's nice that Rebecca Sugar got her show greenlit, It doesn't matter to me what gender or ethnicity the creator of a show is. That's not what makes me interested in a show. It's a show's premise and characters. I'm interested in Steven Universe because I like the premise, the characters, and its aesthetics.

Personally I'd like to see more shows with non-white protagonists (preferably black), but the fact that Steven is white will not turn me away from this show. If I wasn't interested in shows just because they have a white protagonist, then I'd be missing out on a lot of neat shows, movies, video games, books, etc.
 
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Silverstar

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I too would like to see more shows with non-Caucasian leads as well as female leads (in the case of the former, particularly with them being fully flashed-out personalities rather than just being walking stereotypes based on their ethnicities), but there are so many shows starring Caucasian males that deliberately not watching a show simply because its' lead is one would practically mean swearing off TV altogether.

My 2 main reservations about Steven Universe are: 1) that the show seems to be employing the dead/missing/absentee mother trope, which I personally can't stand, though in this case I understand that it may be necessary for the premise; after all, if Steven's mom were still around there'd be no reason for him to be a Crystal Guardian, and consequently there'd be no show, and 2) the clips I've seen so far haven't been all that funny; SU seems to be more on the sweet and charming side, and while I have no problem with sweet and charming especially, I prefer my non-action toons to be more along the lines of the wiseguy/zany variety, so I'm concerned that SU may be a little too tame and/or artsy-wartsy for my liking, though some of the visuals I've seen are quite nice, character re-designs and all. I really like the show's title graphics.

Overall, I'm trying to take a "wait-and-see" approach to this show, as it's near impossible (and unwise) to totally pre-judge a show before seeing a full or episode or 2. There were some shows whose ads and previews actually turned me off, such as Duckman and Rocko's Modern Life, but after seeing them quickly became favorites of mine, so I could be pleasantly surprised by this. Fingers crossed.