The Steven Universe Podcast is an Internet podcast hosted by McKenzie Atwood which debuted on July 20, 2017. The show consists of informative interviews conducted by McKenzie with the creative team and cast of Steven Universe, addressing the creative process involved with the show from the guests' perspective. The show is produced by Cartoon Network and published for streaming on iTunes. At the NYCC 2017, it was announced that the podcast would return on October 26, 2017 with an 8-part miniseries, taking a deep dive into fans’ favorite episodes. After the last episode of "Steven Selects" it was announced that for the next three weeks, new special episodes of the podcast would be released starting December 19th, 2017. On January 25, 2018, a new season of the Steven Universe Podcast began. On March 10, 2018 it was announced that the podcast will return in July, with 10 new episodes launching as part of the third volume with an in-depth exploration of the people and places that make up the animated series.
A spin-off called "Drawn: The Story Of Animation", is developed by both Cartoon Network and HowStuffWorks that will consist of 11 episodes. It will be a detailed analysis of animation from the prospective of the production crew, show creators, studio executives and the voice acting cast that will dive right into the history of animation, a creative form of entertainment that has developed exponentially over the past century.
"Building A Universe - Rebecca and Steven Sugar (Vol.1/Ep.1)"
July 20, 2017
Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and her brother Steven, who inspired the title character and who also serves as a background artist on the series, talk about growing up together playing video games and watching anime. They reveal the origins of some of the Steven Universe imagery, characters, backgrounds, and music, what inspired the creation of the Gems, and fan theories about the show.
"Coming of Age with Steven Universe - Zach Callison and Grace Rolek (Vol.1/Ep.2)"
July 27, 2017
Zach Callison, voice of Steven Universe, and Grace Rolek, voice of Steven's best friend Connie, talk about growing up with and growing into their roles. Hear about the story of their auditions, how they found out they landed their respective parts, working with creator Rebecca Sugar and the Crewniverse, and some of their favorite episode moments and songs. Steven and Connie themselves join in and reveal their favorite video games, pizza, and the super power they wish they had.
"Drawn To Life - Kat Morris, Joe Johnston, Hilary Florido, Jeff Liu, Lamar Abrams, Maya Petersen, and Amish Kumar (Vol.1/Ep.3)"
August 3, 2017
Storyboard artists Jeff Liu and Lamar Abrams explain the boarding and writing process, and which characters are their favorites to board. Storyboard revisionists Maya Petersen and Amish Kumar share the challenges of revising group scenes, and shots featuring multiple Gems. And Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido and Supervising Directors Joe Johnston and Kat Morris take us inside the "Mr. Greg" episode, and offer tips and advice to upcoming young artists and animators.
"Voicing The Gems - Rebecca Sugar, Deedee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz, Shelby Rabara, and Jennifer Paz (Vol.1/Ep.4)"
August 10, 2017
Shelby Rabara, Jennifer Paz, Deedee Magno Hall, and Michaela Dietz have stories about their respective auditions, working together and with other cast members in the booth, what they love best about their characters and the show, and which other Gems they were originally considered to voice. Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar returns to talk about the origin of the Gems, and what it took to find the perfect voices to play them.
"All By Design - Steven Sugar, Liz Artinian, Jane Bak, Mary Nash, Efrain Farias, Danny Hynes, Aleth Romanillos, and Angie Wang (Vol.1/Ep.5)"
August 17, 2017
The Steven Universe designers are responsible for the look, style, and color of the show. So today, we've got Art Director Liz Artinian, Lead Background Designer Steven Sugar, background designers Jane Bak and Mary Nash, colorist Efrain Farias, along with Danny Hynes and Aleth Romanillos, who do the early design work for the episodes, to talk about the real-life places and objects (and classic video games) that inspired the look of everything from Beach City to Homeworld to the characters themselves. We'll hear about their favorite episodes to create, their most challenging design moments, and their proudest design achievements.
"The Music of Steven Universe - Rebecca Sugar and Aivi Tran (Vol.1/Ep.6)"
August 24, 2017
It's the music of Steven Universe with Rebecca Sugar, composer Aivi Tran, and Jeff Ball! They share some amazing stories about what inspires the music how certain song ideas change and grow through the creative process, what it took to make the "Mr. Greg" episode, and how they approach the composing music for various characters, including the Gems. Plus Rebecca's thoughts on "Mr. Greg's" Emmy nomination, and she also shares some of her ukulele demos exclusively with us!
Ian Jones-Quartey, Ben Levin, Matt Burnett
"Steven Universe Alumni - Ian Jones-Quartey, Ben Levin and Matt Burnett (Vol.1/Ep.7)"
August 31, 2017
The Steven Universe crewniverse is filled with amazingly talented people, and more than a few have gone on to create their own shows! Ian Jones-Quartey had a huge impact in bringing Steven Universe to life with creator Rebecca Sugar, and now he's launched his own series, "OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes!" Ben Levin and Matt Burnett wrote many memorable Steven Universe episodes, and are now gearing up to launch their own show, "Craig Of The Creek." All three share stories and behind-the-scenes tidbits from their days on Steven Universe, and also provide a sneak peek at their own respective series and what's coming up for their characters.
Rebecca Sugar, Lauren Hecht, Nick DeMayo, Jackie Buscarino, Lisa Zunich
"How It's Made - Rebecca Sugar, Lauren Hecht, Nick DeMayo, Jackie Buscarino, and Lisa Zunich (Vol.1/Ep.8)"
September 7, 2017
Rebecca Sugar assembled a team of ridiculously talented people to bring Steven Universe to life, and you'll find out how she managed to do that! You'll also discover why diversity in background, culture, and life experiences was crucial to her selection process, how the respective crewniverse members' influences make their way into the show, and what really happens during those crewniverse writer retreats! Plus, if you're wondering why it takes 10 months for a new Steven Universe episode to make its way to you, Producer Jackie Buscarino and Production Manager Lisa Zunich will fill you in. And if it moves on Steven Universe, then Animation Director Nick DeMayo and Animatic Editor Lauren Hecht were involved! They've got favorite moments & episodes to share, and reveal some of the scenes and characters they fought to save from the cutting room floor (remember that crab?!)!
Thomas Sanders, Chris Graham, Maya Petersen, Amber Cragg, Mario Piedra
"From Fan To Crew - Thomas Sanders, Chris Graham, Maya Petersen, Amber Cragg, and Mario Piedra (Vol.1/Ep.9)"
September 14, 2017
If you're a Steven Universe fan, and your dream is to someday work on the show, then this episode is for you! Storyboard Revisionist Maya Petersen and Storyboard Artist Amber Cragg share their incredible stories about how fan art and fandom led them to joining the Crewniverse! Cartoon Network Games Creative Director Mario Piedra, and Chris Graham who designed the mobile game, "Attack the Light", and upcoming console game "Save the Light", also turned their love of Steven Universe into jobs! And YouTube star and superfan Thomas Sanders reveals how he discovered the show and started working with the cast.
Rebecca Sugar, Steven Sugar
"Leading The Way - Rebecca and Steven Sugar (Vol.1/Ep.10)"
September 21, 2017
It's the season finale of the Steven Universe Podcast, and that means both Rebecca and Steven Sugar return to share the stories from their childhood that directly inspired some of episodes. Rebecca is also answering YOUR questions about the show, the characters, fan theories, video games, and the pineapple pizza debate. Plus, Rebecca brought along her ukulele and debuts a brand new, never-before-heard song from an upcoming episode of Steven Universe.
Steven Universe writers Ben Levin and Matt Burnett give an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at this fan favorite, and pivotal episode that revealed Garnet is a fusion! They share what went into the writing to capture the emotion of the moment, what had to be cut at the last minute to make the story work, which came first - the Garnet fusion reveal or the Peridot arc, and what they thought about the fan reaction when the episode finally aired. Plus, storyboard artists Jeff Liu and Joe Johnston answer your questions. And creator Rebecca Sugar makes a surprise appearance to weigh in on "Jailbreak."
Writers Ben Levin and Matt Burnett have plenty of inside info on the making of "Storm In The Room." Find out which memorable scene was a must-include in the episode, what dialogue was most fun to write, how they balance the funny and the emotional arcs in the story, and why it was so important for Steven to finally meet his mother. Plus, storyboard artists Jeff Liu and Joe Johnston answer more fan questions including how they write for Stevonnie, which jokes they've had to cut from episodes, and the difference between writing comics and writing for animation.
Steven Universe writers Matt Burnett and Ben Levin talk about the two-parter, "Mirror Gem / Ocean Gem." Discover what changed about the episode from origination to completion, the injury that Greg was supposed to sustain, the Gems big fight scene, the development of Lapis' personality, and the many callbacks to previous episodes that were worked into this two-parter. Plus, Matt and Ben answer fan questions including music that inspires their writing, why the show doesn't feature many pop culture references or puns, and how they view collaborate with storyboard artists in general.
"Monster Reunion" is the topic of discussion with Steven Universe writers Ben Levin and Matt Burnett! Discover how the episode was originally supposed to start and why that idea was scrapped in favor of "MC Bear Bear," why they decided to bring both Centipeetle and Steven's healing powers back in this episode, and what inspired their clever use of flashback to tell Centipeetle's Gem story. Plus, Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido joins to answer fan questions including how she approaches training new storyboard artists, what part of her job she enjoys most, and which artist doodles have (and have not) found their way into episodes.
"Last One Out of Beach City" is all about Pearl's own self-discovery and awareness, and features a great guest shot from musician Mike Krol, a very cool car chase with Pearl behind-the-wheel, and a tip of the hat to everyone's favorite teen movies! That's why Steven Universe writers Ben Levin and Matt Burnett return to the pod to not only explain how all of these magical ideas originated, but to also offer insight into how they made them work together! Plus, Ben and Matt field more of your questions as they speak to continuity and building Steven Universe stories from a single sketch or feeling.
"Blue Diamond was introduced in "Steven's Dream," and promptly kidnapped Greg! It was a huge storyline that involved big collaboration among the crewniverse! Writers Matt Burnett and Ben Levin remember details from the planning stages, what was changed during the boarding process, and why this episode is home to one of the most meta jokes of the entire series!
"I Am My Mom" is the focus of discussion with Steven Universe writers Ben Levin and Matt Burnett. Discover how they worked in the callback to "Marble Madness," what inspired Aquamarine and Topaz, where the hostage scenario idea originated, and who would win in a fight between Lapis and Aquamarine. Plus, Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido returns with some college advice, movie tips, and the reason why "Beach City Drift" was the hardest episode she ever boarded.
Matt Burnett, Ben Levin, Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey
"Off Colors" is the Steven Universe episode that introduced fan-favorite Padparadscha, provided a more detailed look at Homeworld, and focused on Steven and Lars' relationship! And those are just a few of the things that writers Ben Levin and Matt Burnett discuss in this episode of the pod! Steven Universe Creator Rebecca Sugar also returns to answer some fan Q&A including a question about Lars' character development and initial ideas! Plus, former Steven Universe Executive Producer, Ian Jones-Quartey, tackles a few questions involving the "Rule Of Cool" and fun facts about Opal!
Storyboard artist Lamar Abrams wove a bit of his family into the "Dewey Wins" episode, along with some Ocean Park jokes. You'll also discover who inspired Nanefua, and why she's Lamar's favorite character to write for.
Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido and Storyboard Artist Amber Cragg talk about balancing humor and soul-crushing sadness in "Raising The Barn," the conflict between Lapis and Peridot, and the dialogue that was cut at the last minute.
Steven Universe writer Ben Levin is talking about "Gemcation!" Find out where the Beach House was originally going to be, what made Greg the driving force in this particular episode, and why the bit with Garnet is Ben's favorite scene.
Writer Ben Levin takes us behind-the-scenes for a quick look at the making of "Back To The Kindergarten." He sheds some light on the origins of the flower monster, Peridot hitting rock bottom, and what's going on with Connie and Steven!
Storyboard artist Lamar Abrams talks about the character bonding and "slice of life" moments he wove into "Sadie Killer!" He also reveals what it's like writing dialogue for "Buck," the character he voices, and what inspired the music jam session that Steven enjoys with his friends.
Steven Universe writers Ben Levin and Matt Burnett share the inside scoop on Kevin, Lion, and Clarence! They also provide some background info on the Blackberry, and how they both ended up in the episode!
Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey explain the origin of "Lars Of The Stars," why Emerald had to be special, and they reveal what was initially going to happen to Lars on Earth!
Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey talk about the only Steven Universe episode not to feature Steven Universe! Discover the importance of the dream sequence, how the whole episode evolved from an image of Stevonnie backpacking through a jungle, and the many parallels to "It Could've Been Great."
Volume 2 - People and Places
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Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Zach Callison, Grace Rolek
Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey join the "Steven Universe Podcast" to kick off Volume 2, which is dedicated to the people and places that make up the "Steven Universe" World! And starting things off, an in-depth look at the star of the animated series, Steven Universe. Rebecca and Ian reveal Steven's early incarnation, how his personality developed, and the big milestones they had planned for him since the series' inception. Plus, Zach Callison, who voices Steven, and Grace Rolek, who voices Steven's best friend, Connie, weigh-in on the characters' relationship, their favorite moments in the series, and the songs they love singing! And then Steven Universe himself stops by to answer a few fan questions!
Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall
"Amethyst - Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall (Vol.2/Ep.2)"
February 1, 2018
The Steven Universe Podcast is celebrating Amethyst... with creator Rebecca Sugar, former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey, Michaela Dietz (who voices Amethyst), and Deedee Magno Hall (who voices Pearl). Discover what inspired Amethyst's weapon and shapeshifting abilities, some of the original design ideas for her character, why she's the one who's changed the most over the course of the series, and what Amethyst represents about Rebecca Sugar's real-life relationship with her brother, Steven. Plus, Amethyst and Pearl both join the pod to talk favorite shapeshifts, snacks, and the benefit of a good remote control!
Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Shelby Rabara, Amber Cragg
Why does Peridot call everyone a "clod?" Find out on this episode of the Steven Universe Podcast as creator Rebecca Sugar and former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey return to discuss Peridot! Discover what inspired her design and personality traits, and how Rebecca's real life experiences shaped Peridot's development and storyline. Plus, Shelby Rabara, the voice of Peridot, and storyboard artist Amber Cragg join to share their favorite Peridot moments and episodes, and speculate on how Peridot is spending her free time away from the Gems! And Peridot herself answers some fan questions about best pets, earth fashion, and the Crystal Temps!
Deedee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz, Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Joe Johnston, Jeff Liu
"Pearl - Deedee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz, Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Joe Johnston & Jeff Liu (Vol.2/Ep.4)"
February 15, 2018
Pearl is the focus of The Steven Universe Podcast, and Deedee Magno Hall, who voices her, shares thoughts on her "Pearl-fectness," and her relationship with Rose and Amethyst. Michaela Dietz (the voice of Amethyst) also joins to weigh in on that Pearl-Amethyst dynamic, and Pearl's maternal instinct. Then, Supervising Director Joe Johnston and Jeff Liu stop by to discuss the very Pearl-centric (and Emmy-nominated) "Mr. Greg" episode! And creator Rebecca Sugar and former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey offer all sorts of insight into the creation of Pearl - from her hair to her nose to her obsession with the past! And if you're wondering if Pearl is going to get her driver's license! Well, Pearl herself answers that directly.
Grace Rolek, Zach Callison, Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones
We're spotlighting Steven Universe's best-friend, Connie, on the Steven Universe Podcast! Grace Rolek, who voices Connie, and Zach Callison, the voice of Steven, talk about their characters' friendship, and recent struggles on the series. And creator Rebecca Sugar and former EP Ian Jones-Quartey explain Connie's sword, her relationship with the Gems, and the yin & yang that dictate Connie and Steven's respective designs and personalities. Plus, Connie drops in to talk about school, Stevonnie, and her fabulous new haircut!
Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Jennifer Paz, Hilary Florido
"Lapis - Jennifer Paz, Hilary Florido, Rebecca Suger, and Ian Jones-Quartey (Vol.2/Ep.6)"
March 1, 2018
Lapis Lazuli may have left Earth, but she made one quick stop before her ultimate departure, and that was here on the Steven Universe Podcast! She's talking about being trapped in a mirror, her feelings about shoes, and why she loves a good fart joke! And Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey provide insight into the background and development of Lapis, the significance of her gem placement, and what her departure from Earth means for her character on the show. Plus, actress Jennifer Paz, who voices Lapis, and Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido share their favorite Lapis moments and episodes.
Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Joe Johnston, Kat Morris
"Earth Gems - Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Joe Johnston, and Kat Morries (Vol.2/Ep.7)"
March 8, 2018
Rose Quartz, Bismuth, and Jasper are the focus of this episode of the Steven Universe Podcast as take a closer look at Earth Gems! Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, former EP, Ian Jones-Quartey, Director Joe Johnston, and Supervising Director Kat Morris detail Bismuth's origins (including how she came to be in Lion's mane), Jasper's personality development, and Steven's complicated view of his mother, Rose Quartz. Discover which characters have been around since the pilot days, who was added as the series developed, and how Rose's storyline gets factored into each episode's planning.
Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Erica Luttrell, Joe Johnston, Hilary Florido
"Homeworld Gems - Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Erica Luttrell, Joe Johnston, and Hilary Florido (Vol.2/Ep.8)"
March 15, 2018
Homeworld has a very rigid, conformist society, but was it always that way? Creator Rebecca Sugar and former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey explain Gem culture and roles in Homeworld, why being different is taboo there, and why Off Colors are so important to the show. And, Co-Executive Producer Joe Johnston and Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido talk Homeworld design both pre and post-War, and how they set the stage for the Homeworld reveal. Plus, Erica Luttrell, voice of fan-favorite Padparadscha, explains her love of Steven Universe and her character's wonderful ability to predict the future... after it happens.
Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Grace Kraft, AJ Michalka
"Fusions - AJ Michalka, Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, and Grace Kraft (Vol.2/Ep.9)"
March 22, 2018
Fusions are very special characters in the Steven Universe world, and creator Rebecca Sugar and former EP Ian Jones-Quartey explain all the planning that goes into their unveiling. You'll also hear about the early development stages for Smokey Quartz and Sardonyx, what inspired Stevonnie, and all of the clues in the pilot that pointed to Garnet being two separate Gems. Plus, AJ Michalka, voice of Stevonnie, talks about her audition process, finding the right voice for this special Fusion, and how singing has helped her voice over acting. And Stevonnie also joins to answer a few fan questions.
Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Erica Luttrell, Joe Johnston, Hilary Florido
"Garnet - Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Erica Luttrell, Joe Johnston, and Hilary Florido (Vol.2/Ep.10)"
March 29, 2018
Garnet finally gets her due on the Steven Universe Podcast! Creator Rebecca Sugar and former Executive Producer Ian Jones-Quartey return to reveal why Garnet is especially meaningful to them personally, what hints they deliberately included in the pilot pointing to Garnet being a fusion, and how it ended up that she never asks questions… ever! Co-Executive Producer Joe Johnston and Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido also return to speak to writing for Garnet versus Ruby and Sapphire individually, and some of their favorite Garnet moments. Plus, Erica Luttrell, the voice of Sapphire, recalls her audition and offers a great behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like working the voice over booth with Rebecca Sugar!
DeeDee Magno Hall, who voices Pearl, Michaela Dietz, who voices Amethyst, and Shelby Rabara, the voice of Peridot speak to the style, color, and message of this special episode that features Garnet sharing Rose's story with the Off Colors, and also share some thoughts on the importance of music throughout the Steven Universe series.
Sadie Killer and The Suspects are the hot ticket in town on "The Big Show", and DeeDee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), and Shelby Rabara (voice of Peridot) make a friendship pact about Sadie on this special episode. They also discuss Lars and Sadie's bond, appreciating your parents, and the genius of Steven Universe (the boy and the series).
Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), DeeDee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), and Shelby Rabara (voice of Peridot) return to discuss the impact of Garnet's future vision, her new wardrobe in "Pool Hopping", the mysterious one-eyed cat, and the importance of living in the moment!
Shelby Rabara (voice of Peridot), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), and DeeDee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl) speak to recording the Improv scene in this episode, the benefits of having the USPS in your head, Jamie The Hot Mailman, Peridot's possible fondness for Carrot Top, and ruining recording takes in the booth. They also speculate on the first thing Pearl did with her new cellular phone.
Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), DeeDee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), and Shelby Rabara (voice of Peridot) are back discussing Lapis’ big return and song, “the feels,” and the mic-dropping Pink Diamond reveal.
"Drawn: The Story of Animation - Trailer"
We're in the midst of a new golden age of animation, and this podcast takes a look at the where the industry has been and where it's going -- from the inside. Through dozens of interviews shared over 11 episodes, Drawn takes listeners on a fun and unique cartoon journey.
While some technology has changed over the years, in many ways, the path from an idea to a finished cartoon has remained the same. How does a cartoon come to life, and what does the future hold for animation?
Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse are stars in their own right, but there were cartoons before either of those characters existed. What sorts of creatures and comics were dancing across screens in animation's early days?
From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit candies to today's mass-market collectibles, cartoons have driven an entire industry of branded merchandise. How did it go from pez dispensers to housewares to amusement parks?
From Mel Blanc and June Foray to Tara Strong and Billy West, some of the most familiar sounds of childhood come from the mouths of rarely seen actors. Who are the people behind the voices that make us laugh, and how did they get this career?
Cartoons have gone through a number of identity shifts in terms of their intended audience. How did a medium initially aimed at adults become such an essential part of childhood, and then blossom again as a genre full of adult-oriented content? How has animation for kids included grown-ups in the humor, and why has animation made just for adults gotten so popular?
From the Jetsons to Futurama, cartoons have long been envisioning what the world will be like in the space age. In many ways we've surpassed what animation told us to expect from technology. But animation's very existence is closely tied to technology in ways that enable that fantastic storytelling.