♪ Here we are in the future ♪
♪ Here we are in the future and it's ♪
- [Jacob] Oh, it's already over.
♪ I can't believe we're done the show ♪
♪ NeverEnding Hiatus, here we go ♪
- [Jacob] Steven Universe has been done for over a year,
but the show has made an unprecedented move
of making it's end game a movie
and a separate limited run series.
Confused, well you're in the right place.
Hi, I'm Jacob with channel Frederator,
and today we're going through 107 facts
about "Steven Universe: The Movie"
and "Steven Universe Future."
Grab a homemade cookie cat, a few tissues
for both melted ice cream and tears
and let's get started.
Oh, and there will be spoilers.
You've been warned.
Facts number one, even before season five was over,
it was clear by the summer of 2018
and "Reunited's cliffhanger that Rebecca Sugar's
"Steven Universe" was in endgame territory.
But fans hadn't been notified that the show was ending,
leaving many to wonder what was next.
Our first clue came at Comic Con in July 2018,
when Sugar announced "Steven Universe: The Movie."
Number two, for how plot heavy the show eventually became,
Cartoon Network didn't originally want "Steven Universe"
to be a show with a continuous plot.
They were more interested in self-contained episodes.
Sugar and her team slipped it in
by focusing on placing pieces of the larger puzzle
in satisfying one-shot episodes
and then, bringing them together.
Number three, things change by the time the Crewniverse,
an adorable term for Steven Universe's crew,
was working on the Peridot/Barn Arc.
At the beginning of the season,
Cartoon Network started ordering large bursts
of plot-related episodes, Steven Bombs if you will.
Coincidentally enough, Sugar and company
were already planning the arc that way.
Number four, that doesn't mean that the world
threading together happened on the fly.
Sugar and her writers were actively writing scenes
that were happening outsides Steven's point of view,
like conversations the other Crystal Gems
were having without him.
Sugar even had a guide to every fusion
in the show since the beginning.
Number five, Sugar has quote, "tomes and tomes
"of the history of the show's alternate version of Earth
"and it's hidden away until Steven needs to know it."
Like how Hollywood is in Kansas
because Disney's Laugh-O-Gram Studios took off,
so Disney ever had to move,
which is why Jamie wants to be an actor in Kansas.
Number six, because the Gems invaded 6000 years ago,
the geography of the world
and the names of places are different.
For example, Beach City is in Delmarva,
a state which is made up of real-life
Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland.
And Canada is just called The Great North,
which isn't too far from reality actually.
Number seven, the idea for the movie
goes back to the show's second season in 2015,
when Sugar was headed to Japan.
Like so many of us, she got screwed over by a phone restore
that completely wiped her phone's memory.
Tons of drawings and videos
from the formative years of the show,
by herself and others, were immediately gone.
Number eight, but from that unfortunate situation,
Sugar got an idea, what would happen
if these characters were restored to factory settings
and all their progress got wiped?
Which is especially potent since we're talking about a show
that's entirely about the characters' personal progressions.
I think Paradot put it best in the movie when she said.
- I could've lost all my character development.
- [Jacob] Number nine, Cartoon Network asked Sugar
to pitch a film that same year.
In order for the film to be picked up for production,
Sugar had to persuade the network with storyboards,
imitations of character voices,
and explanations on how music
would weave into the narrative.
Sugar describes this period as intense.
Number 10, Sugar was in a huge catch-22
for writing the music for the film.
She wasn't able to start writing anything
until she knew that the story was approved.
She then had to race against the clock
to create an album of demos
that the Crewniverse could storyboard to.
Number 11, for so many reasons, the ramp up to the film
was a huge endeavor for the Crewniverse.
The season five finale, "Change Your Mind,"
was the longest episode the show had ever done.
The team felt that not only did they have to
keep the cylinders firing, but to fire them harder.
Number 12, the team only got one month of rest
between finishing "Change Your Mind" and starting the film.
But Sugar wasn't able to take a break
because she used that single month
to write 15 or 16 songs for the film.
A month, that's like a song every two days.
Number 13, Sugar then flew to Chicago for two days
to meet with co-executive producer Chance The Rapper.
She also collaborated with him to write "True Kinda Love."
Number 14, "True Kinda Love" was the first song
on the soundtrack to be finished
and Sugar was wildly inspired by Chance.
Sugar had always thought of music as notes and chords,
as one would assume, but Chance kept talking
about "True Kinda Love" with the image
of a kid swinging their arms as they walk.
Number 15, fans went crazy when they learned
that the film would take place two years
after "Change Your Mind," which means
that Steven would be 16.
As traditionally occurs when anyone turns 16,
for the first time, our beloved Steven earned a neck.
Number 16, for all the hubbub around the neck,
and there was a lot, even I made a joke about it
in our last Steven Universe video,
the team had set up how an older Steven
might look in earlier episodes.
And no, I'm not talking about the episode
"So Many Birthday's," although, maybe, maybe,
maybe that's how he'll look.
But no, I'm talking about the season two episode
"Steven's Birthday," where Steven's willfully aged-up body
is a dead-ringer for his actual 16 year old body.
- [Amethyst] Dude, your neck.
- [Steven] Oh, uh, what about it?
- [Amethyst] You have one!
- [Jacob] Number 17, but everyone on the team
was just as excited as we were about the neck,
largely because, for animators,
it was often a pain to figure out
how Steven's head was connected to his body
in his younger, neckless design.
Number 18, Sugar herself was so excited about the neck
that she had to keep herself from drawing
the updated Steven design at cons
because at the time, the time skip and redesign
were still under wraps.
Number 19, Sugar also wanted to give Steven a cool jacket
as a direct nod to his voice actor, Zach Callison.
Apparently, Callison has a fleet of sweet jackets
he's sporting all the time.
He's very fashion-forward that way.
Number 20, a ton of other research and development
was involved in the film.
For two years, Sugar and her partner Ian Jones-Quartey
would watch films and musicals based on TV shows,
taking extensive notes as to why they did or didn't work.
Number 21: If you're
wondering about the outcomes of Sugar's research,
she came to the objective conclusion that
"A Goofy Movie" was a prime example of an
excellent film based on a TV show.
The script then says I'm supposed to affirm that
A Goofy Movie is the best,
but I haven't actually seen it, yet.
Please don't murder me.
I know the songs by heart those are amazing.
Number 22: Sugar also thinks that Beavis and
Butthead Do America is a great example of
adapting a TV show to a movie.
And if that seems surprising,
what might be even more, is that two animation directors
on Steven actually worked on Beavis and Butthead.
Number 23: One thing Sugar
thought worked came from legendary director/
choreographer, Bob Fosse [faw-See]- "a character
has to be feeling something so strongly that
they're compelled to sing, and when that's not
enough, they're compelled to dance."
Which keeps the musical from feeling
like an endless parade of songs.
Number 24: Sugar and the team built two
musical practice runs into the show.
One was the musical episode, "Mr. Gregg" and the other was
the song "For Just One Day Let's Only Think About
Love," where the team was purposefully testing
themselves to see if they could pull off the most
musically musical, musical number that ever musical'ed.
They came pretty close, but I still think the most
musically musical, musical number that ever
musical'ed is either "We Go Together," from Grease,
or "Defying Gravity" from Wicked.
They've had the advantage of time to burn into our memories.
Number 25: To further illustrate Sugar's love for
turning the show into a musical, she recently
described "Mr. Gregg" as her all-time favorite episode.
The Crewniverse got absolutely no extra
time on it compared to a normal episode, so its
excellence is entirely a labor of love.
Number 26: By the way, that wedding arc
was a long time coming.
Sugar had been pitching it since 2016.
And had been fighting against imposed ceilings
regarding Ruby and Sapphire's relationship since
"Jailbreak" in 2014.
Sugar deeply believes in the
importance of LGBTQIA+ representation in media,
and the powers that be all eventually had to hop on.
There's no stoppin' the...Steven...train
Is there like a fan
thing for that kinda like a Steven Universe hype train?
Number 27: The other big question for the
film was who the main antagonist would be.
The widely circulated theory before the release of the
first poster was that the villain would be
Aquamarine, because she was entirely missing from
the wrap-ups in season 5.
Number 28: However, the
villain of the film was later revealed to be Spinel,
an entirely new character played by Sarah Stiles.
Stiles said during a panel at 2019's New York
Comic Con that while Sugar wrote tons and tons
of pages for Spinel's audition breakdown, Stiles
manager apparently boiled the character description
to something like a "psychotic Betty Boop."
Number 29: If Spinel does remind you of Betty
Boop, then that's exactly what Sugar was going for.
Fleischer Studios, which was started in 1921 and
is responsible for characters like Betty Boop
and Popeye, created a lot of Sugar's all-time
favorite animations. And she has a soft spot
specifically for Betty Boop.
Number 30: Sugar also wanted to use Spinel
to pay homage to the "Ub Iwerks bounce."
Iwerks worked closely with Walt Disney
and is basically credited with creating Mickey Mouse.
And that bouncy, playful aesthetic
that characterizes animation from that era was
entirely his idea.
Number 31: The whole reason
for that "rubber hose," 1930's vibe is that Sugar
wanted to accentuate the fact that Spinel is old
and was frozen in time.
She wasn't given the opportunity to develop
like all the other characters,
so she both looks and moves like she's out of place.
Number 32: While Sugar's a huge fan
of those 30s cartoons, she also feels there's
something unsettling and toxic about them because
of the norms of the times they were made in.
Sugar wanted to work in some of that difficulty
into the vibe of the character.
Number 33: Spinel maybe inspired by rubber hose cartoons,
but she's borrowed a move from another poster boy of
dodgy animation, Sonic.
She runs and spin dashes like
Sonic, and uses her legs like a propeller, which
is reminiscent of Tails famous move.
Number 34: However, some of Spinel's attacks share
commonalities with much more recent cartoons.
Her stretching ability is reminiscent to the both
Jake from Adventure Time, which Sugar worked on,
and Monkey D. Luffy [Loo-Fee] from One Piece,
which Sugar is known to be a huge fan of.
You could even argue that Spinel's big punch
against Steven was basically "Gomu Gomu no Pistol!"
Number 35: The concept of Steven clashing with
and not fitting in with older cartoon tropes
didn't start with Spinel.
It was also a key part of his experience
with the Diamonds on Homeworld,
which involved a lot of old fairytale concepts.
Think about it, the pebbles are basically
Cinderella mice, who make him a dress for the ball.
The ball does not go well, if you needed a reminder.
Number 36: Actually, anime played into
Spinel in more ways than once.
Some anime films will have strange new character pop-up and
suddenly become the most important character.
Spinel is a parody of that trope, because any
expectation of suddenly inserting yourself in
Steven's life after everything that Crystal Gems
went through was just silly.
Number 37: Initially,
Sugar didn't want to give Spinel eyelashes, since
eyelashes can be pretty trope-y.
So instead, in an effort to turn that trope on its head,
Sugar gave Spinel those upside-down lashes, which look
like mascara after you've been crying.
Number 38: Speaking of crying, story of my life, Spinel's
heartbreaking backstory was inspired by the same
incident that was behind Sugar's highly memorable
song from Adventure Time, "Everything Stays."
She found a long-lost stuffed animal in her yard after
a year, and realized that things still change
even in stillness.
Not necessarily for the worst though.
Apparently, it was quite the formative memory for Sugar.
Number 39: Equally heartbreakingly, Spinel is also partially
influenced by the young kids who grew up watching
Steven Universe and then grew out of the show.
Yet the Crewniverse is still there, still working
on the show, still trying to be entertaining.
Number 40: Sugar fully knows that Spinel could
be "overwhelming" and "grating."
Pink ditched Spinel
because Spinel was given to playcate her,
and Pink wanted to feel like she was moving forward.
Pink tended to not think about how her
actions affected others.
A "recurring theme for her," as Sugar put it.
Number 41: Spinel is the first character in Steven Universe
that just flat-out wants to hurt people.
But because she's in so much pain.
Sugar wanted the opportunity to explore all the dimensions
of that complicated set of emotions.
She even says that viewers feeling frustration
towards Spinel is a totally fair reaction.
Number 42: Since so many members
of the Crewniverse are marginalized individuals,
Spinel is meant to express the udder ridiculousness
and one-dimensionality of thinking that "someone
else deserves to exist less" or of taking out
your anger on totally unrelated parties.
Number 43: Spinel's feelings are exaggerated because
she's a cartoon and can be made to literally
But she was inspired by attempts to interact
with people who've had traumatic experiences that
"make it hard for them to trust other people
and sometimes even actively want to hurt others."
Number 44: Sugar wanted to set up
a situation where Steven couldn't help someone-
and so has to realize that the best way to deal
with the situation is to protect himself.
He can't convince Spinel to change because she needs
to decide if she wants to change herself.
A theme that would pop up again in Steven Universe future,
but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Number 45: A lot of that idea was informed by Sugar's
conversations with an anti-bullying expert who
collaborates with Cartoon Network.
Talking with him shaped how Sugar approaches
writing because the difference
between an interpersonal conflict and a bully
is that a bully wants to hurt someone.
Number 46: But there was a moment where it looked
like Spinel might not make it into the movie at all.
Since her humor is so animation-specific and
tied to visuals, Sugar had an incredibly difficult
time explaining the humor and importance of Spinel
to Cartoon Network execs.
Number 47: On a lighter note,
fans were shocked by Steven and Greg's
fusion, but the Crewniverse has wanted to put him
out since season 1.
There are many episodes about him
that just never made it all the way in to the development.
That fusion's name, by the way, Steg.
But I personally prefer Greven because it reminds
me of the General Grievous.
- [General Grievous] This fusion will make a fine
addition to my collection."
Number 48: In particular, Sugar found notes from
around 2013 or 14 for a battle of the bands
episode with Steg, where he was called "Mr. Multi-verse."
Steg was always going to be this rockstar
radiating support and confidence.
Number 49: Appropriately, Steg is voiced by an actual
rockstar- Ted Leo.
And even more appropriately,
Steg has a duet with Opal, who is voiced by Aimee
Mann- another rockstar.
What's more, Mann and Leo work together frequently
and have a project called The Both.
Number 50: Amiee Mann was more
than just a big name "get"- she was actually a
huge influence on Sugar.
As a teenager, she would listen to Mann's music
while she drew comics.
Number 51: So it was a dream come true for Sugar
to co-write "Drift Away" with Mann, with Mann
providing the bridge.
Sugar was having trouble writing sad enough lyrics,
and so the two of them
went back and forth, pitching sadder and sadder lyrics.
Sounds like my kinda of night.
Number 52: By the way, you probably guessed that
the film's Disney fairytale-like opening wasn't
animated by the normal studio.
Instead, it was made by Chromosphere,
the same studio who animated
the Steven Universe Dove Self-Esteem shorts.
PSA's on Cartoon Network, where Steven Universe
characters coached viewers through self-esteem
issues and body confidence.
Number 53: Sugar wanted
the takeaway from the film to be that "it's okay
to be a work in progress.
There's this sort of
false promise made by stories that there's going
to be an end, but you don't stop growing.
If you want to stop growing, it's going to be really
hard when [bad Things] keep happening."
And very much on that note, Number 54:
Part of what Sugar wanted to show with the movie
is how much Steven has grown up and how the events
of "Change Your Mind" allowed him to shed a lot
of his insecurity.
But there's obviously a lot more to explore there-
and the Crewniverse couldn't explore everything
they wanted to in just one movie.
Number 55: But after the movie came out,
there was an eerie silence from both Cartoon Network
and the Crewniverse on whether there would be a new season.
After the films release in September of 2019,
fans had absolutely no idea
what the future of the show was.
Number 56: Exactly what was coming next was anyone's guess
until New York Comic Con in October of 2019, when
Sugar announced "there is no season six."
Number 57: In it's place, Sugar announced that
Steven Universe Future would be a limited series
that would serve as the epilogue.
That's just the cheesiest move to word it the way she did.
Number 58: But why isn't it season six?
Well, season 5 marked the end of the initial
story that Sugar and her team set out to tell.
There was an epic finale that capped it.
Steven Universe Future is a different story in many ways.
Number 59: From the beginning, Sugar and her team
thought of Steven Universe- the OG show- as a
They thought of it as a show written from
Steven's point of view, but by
adult's who knew things about life that Steven
still had to learn about.
Number 60: However, it turns out adults
don't really have many answers.
The Crewniverse wanted to express that through
the Gems, whose world feels very abstract and
metaphorical to begin with.
But the more Steven
understands how Gems work, the more mature he becomes.
Number 61: Steven Universe Future,
original Steven Universe, and its various
incarnations have always been done on paper.
The colors are digital, but the pencils and inking
and everything relating to character motion-
that's all done by hand.
Number 62: Sugar adores a writing process driven by
storyboards, especially since that practice
harkens back to the Golden Age of cartoons.
Since animation is a visual medium, Sugar loves seeing
the story come to life not just through words,
but by characters' expressions and postures.
Number 63: If this wasn't already obvious, Sugar
deeply values her team.
She learned on Adventure Time that a team
brings a ton to a show, so big
decisions on Steven are made collaboratively.
Number 64: That doesn't mean it's always easy though.
There's been a number of heated arguments
among the Crewniverse, but the show always comes
out better for it.
In fact, the climax of "Change Your Mind"-
with the two Stevens- was the result of an intense argument.
Number 65: One signal that Steven Universe Future
was a completely new series is the theme song-
gone is the five-season classic "We Are the Crystal Gems."
Instead, at the 2019 New York Comic Con,
Sugar announced the new series with
it's new opening sequence, which is set
to a retooled version of "Happily Ever After"
from the movie.
Number 66: Steven Universe Future
isn't dismantling the "happily ever after"
that the movie set up with some big new baddie though.
Instead, the series does something shows never do:
show the very personal battles with trauma and
the struggle to find "normalcy" after the big,
Number 67: Sure, the show digs
into what life is like now in "Era 3"-ie, the era
where Gem Wars have halted and peace takes hold.
But the notion of spending a show's entire final
season with the character confronting the trauma
he incurred during the rest of the series has,
honestly, never been done before.
Not that I can remember, at least.
Number 68: Heartbreakingly and ironically,
Sugar even acknowledges that Steven's behavior and future
is specifically not unlike Pink Diamond's
behavior before him.
Meaning- he's avoiding difficulties within himself.
Number 69: Sugar and her writers were actually
just as confused about what should be next for
Steven as Steven is in the show.
They landed on the idea that Steven would wanna get married-
because he loves weddings and he loves love and,
ya know, doesn't that just make sense?
Number 70: Hence, the events of "Together Forever."
Sugar and the writers figured that since Connie
has so much more figured out and since Steven has
not taken his own time to do that, just disappearing
into their relationship would be appealing to him.
Number 71: But before we get there, we have to
build up Steven's uncertainty over the course of
He also has to knock it all in our brains
that he's old enough to drive now.
Fans with excellent memory will recognize his car
as Greg's Dondai Supremo- the dream car he
purchased in "Beach City Drift."
Number 72: You also might've noticed
that Connie's studying pose is a dead-ringer
for our hero the
"lofi hip hop beats to study and relax to" girl.
The girl, by the way, was inspired by this scene from
the 1995 Studio Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart-
which makes it a doubly on-brand reference for
this show to make.
Number 73: For another memory test,
you might recall that Bismuth mentions her pal Snowflake
in her titular episode.
Bismuth believes that Snowflake was shattered during the
rebellion, but we learn in "Change Your Mind"
that she was actually corrupted and now she's
good as new.
Number 74: That might all serve to explain
why Snowflake has been a supporting cast
member of choice in Little Homeschool.
And perhaps why Snowflake gets the honor of being voiced by
Number 75: Though perhaps the award
for best newly uncorrupted Gem should go to Larimar,
who loves screams to a disturbing degree.
Larimar is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, a legendary
voice actor who has voiced tons of random characters
on the show- most notably Lion and Frybo.
Number 76: Since Rose Quartz wasn't actually a
Rose Quartz, the three Rose Quartz that we meet
in "Rose Buds" are the first actual Rose Quartz
we meet in the show, since all Rose Quartz gems
were bubbled in Pink's Zoo as a reaction to the rebellion.
Number 77: All three Rose Quartzes
are voiced by Kimberly Brooks- who has been the
show's go-to actress for Quartz and Jasper soldiers.
She also plays THE Jasper.
The one that we're so familiar with.
Number 78: In "Volleyball," we learn
that Pink Pearl was under White Diamond's control
for 8000 years after her time with Pink Diamond-
which means that we now finally know that OUR
Pearl is 8000 years old.
- [White Diamond] I love your energy, it reminds me of
when I was younger.
- [Pink Pearl] I'm older than you.
Number 79: The villain everyone was expecting to
epically show up in the movie did eventually
show up, but not quite as epically.
"Bluebird" introduces Bluebird Azurite, the fusion of
Aquamarine and Eyeball.
I especially love that Aquamarine still calls Greg "my dad"
a call back to her debut in season four's "Are You My Dad?"
Number 80: Assuming there's a large overlap of
fans of Steven Universe and OK K.O.!,
Let's Be Heroes, you may have noticed that
Bluebird Azurite kinda sounds like Koala Princess
or Miss Pastel.
They're all voiced by the same actress, Larissa Gallagher.
Number 81: You probably picked up on the fact
that Rainbow's tidying song is a nod to Mary Poppins.
But you may have missed a much more obscure bit
of trivia: The black bird outside the window is
not an American Blackbird, but a European
Blackbird- a very subtle nod to the fact that an
American Robin appears during "A Spoonful of Sugar."
Despite the fact that the movie takes place in London.
There's also a Monty Python in the Holy Grail reference
to be made here if we change the Blackbird to a Swallow,
but I'm just thinkin' out loud right now.
Number 82: Rainbow Quartz (2.0)
is voiced by Alastair James- who other than
Steven Universe, is probably best known for
Randy Siminoff from Bones.
Not counting our beloved Steven,
James is the first male-identifying
voice actor to voice any Gem.
First appearing in "Change Your Mind."
Number 83: If you look real
hard in Onion's kitchen, you can see a box labeled
"Revolutionary Grill Utensils"- a reference to
Revolutionary Girl Utena, an anime that Sugar is
a very vocal fan of.
I don't know why I'm groaning, it's a great show.
I think I'm groaning at the pun mostly.
Number 84: In Sunstone's strange,
hang on... Sorry, I think the script meant to say
"legendary epilogue to a very special episode,"
they're on a set which looks similar to the one
in the Dove Self-Esteem Project shorts.
Unrelated, but does anyone else literally only think of Toe
Jam and Earl when Sunstone is on-screen, or is
that just me?
Number 85: Once the fusion started
joining the game of "Steven Tag" in "Snow Day,"
almost everyone probably recognized that the
style of those title cards was quite reminiscent
of Super Smash Bros.
Though why they slept on "Steven Joins the Battle,"
or some other clever wordplay that I'll come up with
while editing this video, I'll never know.
Number 86: "Snow day" also marks the first time Pearl
shapeshifted- that we know of- since the events
in "A Single Pale Rose," where she shapeshifted
into Rose to fake the shattering.
Number 87: The way that Lapis assumes
a giant water form in "Why So Blue?,"
may be a nod to a climactic avatar
and battle in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Regardless, you can't dispute the fact that it
looks pretty rad.
I know she's not supposed to be doing it,
but it's looks pretty rad.
Number 88: Adorably, all of the pastries at Lars' new
bakery- Spacetries- have space-themed puns for names.
For example, you can experience the Chocolate Ship Cookie,
Total Eclipse of the Tart, the Croissant Moon,
or the Red Dwarf Velvet Cake.
Number 89: In Little Graduation, we're introduced
to Shep, who is the show's first non-binary
character besides Stevonnie or any of the other fusions.
Number 90: Shep is voiced by Indya Moore-
an actor and model whose also non-binary.
They're best known in the TV world for playing
Angel in the awesome FX series Pose.
Also go watch Pose!
Number 91: But yes, in case you were
wondering: Cartoon Network confirmed that
Stevonnie is intersex and non-binary, and uses
Number 92: Also, storyboard artist Maya Peterson
revealed after the episode "In Dreams"
that Peridot is asexual and a romantic.
Her interest in Camp Pining Hearts is purely for
the thrill of Camp Pining Hearts.
And also shipping, uh sorry, Lapidot shippers.
Number 93: We get a glimpse of Steven's gaming set-up in
"In Dreams," and it looks very much like he has a
PS2 and Dual Shock 2 controllers.
And the game on the right sure does
look a lot like Katamari Damacy.
I still really need to pick up a copy of that.
Number 94: Steven's dream-character, Stefan,
kinda sorta actually looks like a tanner and fitter
version of the adult form he assumed waaaay back
in "Too Many Birthdays," where noteably, he had a
t-shirt that said "beach hunk."
The teen version in that episode though,
had a, um wasn't quite there...yet.
Number 95: A few of the people
hanging out at the roller rink in "Bismuth Casual"
are actually animated versions of the Crewniverse members.
Ian Jones-Quartey, storyboard artist
Lamar Abrams, and supervising director Kat Morris.
Number 96: More Crewniverse cameos also happened
Storyboard revisionists Nicole Rodriguez
and Leiana Nitura were seen riding
Funland's Ferris Wheel before things go horribly awry.
Number 97: A few fans were curious as to
why Ruby and Sapphire were so gung-ho about
Steven proposing to Connie, yet Garnet had more
Sugar explains that Ruby is just
a hopeless romantic and thinks that anything
works when you enthusiastically rush in.
And in Sapphire's experience, she's seen love actually
alter fate, so she really thinks the proposal could work.
Number 98: The explanation also involves some
nitty-gritty understanding of Garnet's future vision.
Sapphire can only see one track
and it only works when she's totally passive.
Since Ruby is so impulsive, when they come
together as Garnet, Garnet can see multiple
tracks that are shaped by her actions.
Number 99: Steven's ridiculously cute- and
retroactively heartbreaking- song for Connie
includes lyrical nods to two other romantic songs
from the series: Ruby's wedding vow to Sapphire
in "Reunited," and a line from Greg's magnum opus,
"Let Me Drive My Van (Into Your Heart)."
Number 100: Steven's actual middle name is Quartz,
but when he says his name is
- [Steven] Steven Quartz Cutie-Pie DeMayo Diamond
- [Jacob] He's referencing- in order- a joke
Garnet made way back in season 1.
- [Steven] Danger is my middle name.
- [Garnet] That's a lie.
Your middle name is "cutie-pie."
- [Jacob] Greg's last name before he changed it
- [Greg] Andy DeMayo, Greg DeMayo, Steven DeMayo,
we're the DeMayos.
- [Jacob] And the fact that his mom turned out to
not be a Quartz but, well, a Diamond.
Number 101: Many fans have wondered exactly what's going on
with Steven's glowing pinkness.
Sugar points out in "Growing Pains," that the series says
specifically that Steven is experiencing the Gem
equivalent of cortisol- which, in humans, is
basically your "built in alarm system" and helps
fuel people's fight or flight instinct.
Number 102: From the beginning, Sugar and the
show itself has been interested in discussing mental health.
Sugar has discussed how her own
work in therapy has helped her process her anxiety.
We see Steven dealing with similar things.
The songs "Stronger Than You" and "Here Comes A Thought"
are about working through anxiety in a healthy way.
Number 103: Steven's traumatic
experiences would come to a head in "Fragments."
After struggling with his powers, Steven goes to
train with Jasper and commits his first- and
hopefully- only shattering of a gem.
The following scene of resurrecting Jasper, quite geniusly,
parallels the first sequence we see in Future.
Kinda corrupting the... innocence of the...
uncorrupting that... this process is for.
Anyway, number 104: In the following episode,
"Everything's Fine" Steven calls himself a monster
and then literally turns into a pink gem Godzilla.
Then, in "I Am My Monster," the climactic battle
of the series begins.
Interestingly enough, it's the only episode
outside of Steven's point of view
that isn't someone recounting an event to him.
Number 105: There's a bittersweet detail hidden
in the series finale The Future.
Onion can be seen wearing the
Cheeseburger Backpack as he waves goodbye to Steven.
At least it's gone to a good home.
But it is Onion, so maybe I shouldn't assume.
Knowing Onion, he might've stole it.
I don't know.
Number 106: What better way to end a beloved
series than with a song.
As Steven heads out on his roadtrip,
he plays a song on the radio, "Being Human,"
which Sugar considers the song of the final episode.
Sugar says that she, "wanted the weight of it
not to just be that you're hearing
it in the episode itself, but that it's been on
the horizon for you this whole time."
The end credits and fittingly end series song was written
by Sugar and performed by singer/songwriter Emily King.
"King's Can't Hold Me" was also
featured in "Bismuth Casual."
And Number 107: Sugar's note ahead of the premiere
of the final ten episodes was beautifully heartfelt:
"It has been an eye-opening experience to meet
the community that has come together around the show.
I have been so moved and I have felt so seen.
Though our epilogue series is coming to a close,
please trust that like us, these characters
will always be growing, changing, and
supporting each other.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much
for watching our show."
And that, my friends, is 107 facts about Steven
Universe The Movie and Steven Universe Future.
The name Steven means absolutely nothing to me anymore.
I've said it so many times in the last
however long this video is.
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