Hey guys Fenrir here — for those of you Food for Thought regulars we’re changing to an exciting new schedule day: Saturdays! (Yay!) And with Saturday evening comes a rather tasty preview for an all-new series created by Rebecca Sugar, one of the masterminds behind some of Adventure Time’s most beloved episodes. Get ready folks for a rather intriguing take on the coming-of-age story with the all-new series set to air on the Cartoon Network
sometime soon mid-2013: Steven Universe.
So there’s a lot of things to be excited about with the coming of Steven Universe. First of all, Rebecca Sugar is well-known and well-beloved for her work on Adventure Time as writer and storyboarder, and song composer for several popular episodes. “Fiona and Cake” come to mind as well as that incredibly catchy “Bacon Pancakes” song which everyone seems to know. Heck she even made it to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of influential 30-something year-olds–and on top of that she is the first woman to make a show for Cartoon Network. How boss is that?
Anyroad, Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story that follows four guardians of the galaxy known as the Crystal Gems. Their members include Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and of course, Steven, who is “too young” to go on missions with the older members, and still seems to lack the ability to harness the powers of his own crystal gem. Obviously we’re here to follow Steven’s path to becoming a real member of the Crystal Gems — and honestly, I’m rooting for the little guy, especially since come-backs seem to be one of his most potent abilities. The pilot shown so far alludes to the “magical girl” genre as well as a hearty dose of slice-of-life comedy slapstick that keeps the show light-hearted and entertaining.
Furthermore, one glance at this lovely promotional poster drawn up by Rebecca Sugar tells a lot about Steven Universe from the get-go. Much kudos has to be passed out for the varied character designs here, especially for the leading ladies: Amethyst, Garnet, and Pearl, who are rocking it without conforming to the standard of lead-female beauty. I mean seriously, body positivity and diversity in a kid’s show? We need that, please — even male lead, Steven, is a lovable dork, which makes this uncanny slice-of-life coming-of-age combo all the more exciting.
After all, Adventure Time is well-known as an innovative cartoon, able to produce laughter and tears with moments that are surprisingly deep — thus far I can only expect and anticipate something great from the mind of one Rebecca Sugar.
Of course, there are those who are skeptical about falling in love with Steven Universe so early. Rebecca Sugar’s trademark song-and-dance found in the episodes she writes for Adventure Time seem tired when repeated in Steven Universe, as well as the similarity in design seem off-putting and not terribly creative of the art team. I can certainly understand the skepticism here, but, I do remain optimistic that Steven Universe can hold its own without constant comparisons to Rebecca Sugar’s previous work on Adventure Time.
If anything, I leave you dear readers here to be the final judge on the pilot–which you can view here. I for one remain optimistic and will keep a close eye on Steven Universe in the months to come, and hope to have a full review once the first episode eventually premiers!
Annnd that’s all there is for this quick bite of some Food for Thought, now at its new time on Saturdays! (Woop, woop!) Stay hungry, guys!