The Steven Universe Podcast

Join host and superfan McKenzie Atwood every week for an all-access tour inside Steven Universe! Meet the cast, crew and characters themselves as McKenzie goes one-on-one in exclusive interviews with the creative team who inhabit Steven Universe.

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      Steven Selects: Monster Reunion (ep. 4)


      "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...


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      Steven Selects: Mirror Gem-Ocean Gem (ep. 3)


      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...


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      Steven Selects: Storm In The Room (ep. 2)


      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...


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      Steven Selects: Jailbreak (ep.1)


      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...


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      Leading The Way - Rebecca and Steven Sugar (Vol.1/Ep.10)


      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 the 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 Steve Universe.


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      33m
       2017-09-21

      From Fan To Crew - Thomas Sanders, Chris Graham, Maya Petersen, Amber Cragg, and Mario Piedra (Vol.1/Ep.9)


      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...


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      44m
       2017-09-14

      How It's Made - Rebecca Sugar, Lauren Hecht, Nick DeMayo, Jackie Buscarino, and Lisa Zunich (Vol.1/Ep.8)


      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...


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      31m
       2017-09-07

      Steven Universe Alumni - Ian Jones-Quartey, Ben Levin and Matt Burnett (Vol.1/Ep.7)


      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 KO." 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...


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      40m
       2017-08-31

      The Music of Steven Universe - Rebecca Sugar and Aivi Tran (Vol.1/Ep.6)


      It's the music of Steven Universe with Rebecca Sugar, composer Aivi Tran, and Jeff Liu 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 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...


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      47m
       2017-08-24

      All By Design - Steven Sugar, Liz Artinian, Jane Bak, Mary Nash, Efrain Farias, Danny Hynes, Aleth Romanillos, and Angie Wang (Vol.1/Ep.5)


      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...


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      45m
       2017-08-17