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Steven Universe: The Movie is a feature film musical based on Steven Universe that aired on Cartoon Network[3] on September 2, 2019.[4] It was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 during the Steven Universe panel. A DVD set was released on November 12, 2019, alongside the soundtrack.[5] The film runs at approximately 82 minutes long.[6]

Story

The movie is set two years after the events of "Change Your Mind" and features a visibly older Steven in his sixteenth year against a world filled with new developments. The official synopsis follows:

Steven, now 16 years old, thinks his time defending the Earth is over. But when a new threat comes to Beach City, Steven faces his biggest challenge yet!

Plot

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After an introduction from the Diamonds and the story of Steven, Steven Universe (16 years old) greets the citizens of the Gem Homeworld and other colonies through a broadcast, announcing that he's done dismantling the empire and is going back to live with his friends on Earth. The Diamonds want him to stay to fulfill Pink Diamond's role as a leader, but he refuses. Back on Earth, Connie welcomes Steven back and he sees her off to space camp. Steven, Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst celebrate their newfound "Happily ever after".

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Almost immediately afterward, a giant drill lands on the hillside of Beach City and Spinel, a deranged, cartoonish Gem, appears, announcing her intent to kill Steven and the rest of the life on Earth. Using a scythe-like weapon, she poofs Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst. Her attacks also weaken Steven's Gem powers, though his body is unharmed. Steven manages to steal her scythe and poof Spinel.

Back at the beach house, Steven calls his father, Greg, for help. The Gems regenerate their bodies (including Ruby and Sapphire separately), but their memories have been erased; with Pearl assuming that she is Greg's servant. With her memories gone, Spinel is a goofy and happy-go-lucky Gem whose role is to entertain her companion (Steven). Steven and Spinel take Ruby and Sapphire to seek advice from Peridot, Lapis Lazuli and Bismuth.

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Bismuth identifies Spinel's scythe as a "Rejuvenator", a device that can reset the mind of a Gem back to when it was first created. While Steven didn't reset thanks to his human half but is discouraged from the loss of his powers from his gem half taking the hit. The three of them encourage Steven not to give up. Spinel compares the situation to a puzzle, suggesting that they find the Gems' "missing pieces" to restore their memories, inspiring Steven to try to reenact Ruby and Sapphire's first fusion. Spinel's antics cause scaffolding to collapse, almost crushing Ruby; when Sapphire shoves her to safety, the pair fuse into Garnet, but she still has no memory of her life.
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After Steven recovers Amethyst's memory by reenacting experiences the two had together, Peridot discovers that the drill is injecting a toxic chemical that will kill all life on Earth. They then come to the conclusion that Spinel would be the one to remove the Injector, so they need to bring her memories back. Steven remembers back when Spinel attacked them, Pearl seemed to know who she was. In order to revive Pearl's memory, the group takes her to a Sadie Killer and the Suspects concert, in the hope their music will bring back her memories of rebellion, but Pearl says that as long as Greg exists she will obey him. Steven uses what little energy he has left to fuse with Greg, which enables Pearl to recover her memory. She tells Steven that Spinel was once Pink Diamond's playmate; Spinel is suddenly overcome with sadness and flees.

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After sending Lion for Connie, Steven finds Spinel crying at his house. She takes Steven to a desolate garden in space and reveals her backstory: she was Pink Diamond's playmate until the other Diamonds gave Pink her own colony. Pink told Spinel to wait for her and left her alone in the garden for 6,000 years until she learned of Pink Diamond's fate via Steven's broadcast from the beginning of the movie. Steven then tells her that she isn't the only one Pink hurt and that she should find a better friend who won't hurt her.

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Back in Beach City, Spinel turns off the drill, but when Steven begins shifting his attention back to everyone else, she accuses Steven of just using her and then abandoning her or planning to wipe her memory again after discovering that he kept the Rejuvenator with him (but in reality, had nowhere else to put it). She turns the drill back on and attacks Steven. As he tries to explain the truth to her, Garnet recovers her memory. Steven sends the others out to rescue the humans of Beach City while he confronts Spinel. Steven finally realizes why his Gem powers have not yet returned: his desire for an unchanging "happily ever after" has left him resistant to the very notion of growth and change, which he needs to re-experience. Embracing this fact, he regains his powers and battles Spinel. Their fight destroys the drill, and Spinel realizes that hurting Steven will not make her feel better, and relents.
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The Diamonds suddenly arrive and state their intention to live on Earth with Steven. He introduces Spinel to them and they take an immediate liking to her and her goofy personality. The Diamonds accept her in place of Steven and she happily goes with them, now with people who will love her unconditionally. Steven and his friends gather to rebuild Beach City, thanks in part to Steven's healing powers undoing the damage of the poison. Steven, Connie, Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst, and Greg perform the Broadway-style song, "Finale​​​".

Features

Characters

Protagonists

Antagonists

Supporting

Locations

Objects

Musical contributors

The movie included collaborations with several outside musical artists in different kinds of genres, as well as regular contributors to the franchise:

A new soundtrack is scheduled to be released both physically and digitally alongside the film.

Songs [7]

Main article: Steven Universe: The Movie (Original Soundtrack)

Vocal

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Instrumental

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Production

  • The movie was executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Rebecca Sugar. Co-executive producers included Kat Morris, Joe Johnston, Alonso Ramirez Ramos[8] (known for storyboarding 14 episodes of the series Gravity Falls), and Ian Jones-Quartey.
  • Rebecca Sugar also served as the film's director.[2]
  • Former Crewniverse member Ian Jones-Quartey was also involved in the film's story.[9]
  • Storyboard work on the movie took place between late 2017 and early 2018.[10]
    • Christopher Pianka, otherwise known for The Owl House, was credited[10] as a storyboard artist on the movie.
  • It was animated by Sunmin Image Pictures Co.[11] and Rough Draft Korea Co.[12]
    • The title sequences were animated by Chromosphere Studio.[12]
  • On June 13, 2019, Chance the Rapper and Gallant were announced to be new musical additions to the cast.[13]
  • The official trailer for the movie was released on July 19, 2019, during the Steven Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

Artbook

An artbook by Ryan Sands and Rebecca Sugar, The Art of Steven Universe: The Movie, was published by Dark Horse and released on March 3, 2020.

Trivia

  • The movie would would seem to take place May 21–22, as seen on Sadie Killer and the Suspects' poster.
    • Given Steven's birthday is August 15, Steven is 16 years, 9 months and 6 days old in the movie.
    • However, according to Maya Petersen, the poster was not meant to confirm the date of the movie. It was just the date that she drew the poster.[14]
  • The mysterious treasure chest in Lion's mane has been opened during the two-year time-skip, although its contents are still unknown.
  • At the end of the first airing of "Change Your Mind", the teaser trailer played revealing a part of the planned release date.
  • The brief glimpses of the Gems in the teaser shows them in their pre-regeneration outfits. This was most obvious with Garnet's visor being their original shape instead of the top of a star. This was likely done to avoid spoiling the Diamond Days arc's mass regeneration, though their appearances were not updated for the trailer shown after "Change Your Mind" first aired on Television.
  • A video by Cartoon Network (featuring sketches by Rebecca Sugar and interviews with Sugar and Zach Callison) confirmed that the movie would take place approximately two years after Season 5.[15]
  • Various Gems — Peridots, Topazes, a blue Zircon, and a yellow Zircon, and other Gems — are seen in the crowd that receives Steven's message.
  • Ted Leo (the voice of Steg) sings with Aimee Mann (the voice of Opal) in "Independent Together" make up the real-life musical duo The Both.
  • This is the first time Opal is shown voluntarily un-fusing rather than falling apart or poofing.
  • This is the first time a Gem that initially has intentions on killing Steven recognizes him as his own person rather than Rose or Pink.
  • The film has a general theme of "stories", interspersed throughout the songs, dialogue, and plot:
    • The opening number of "The Tale of Steven" features a storybook of the show's history and plot (also a reference to the old openings of classic Disney movies; see below).
    • The arc words "once upon a time" and "happily ever after" are featured— phrases often respectively used at the beginning and end of fairy tales.
    • During "Other Friends", Spinel says that she's "heard the story over and over again" and "[doesn't] like how it ends".
      • In "Drift Away", she mentions discovering Pink Diamond's fate— learning "about how the story ends".
    • Steven exclaims that the challenges he's facing are essentially "the story of [his] life".
  • When Steven and Spinel are searching for Amethyst, Onion appears in every shot of the four different places shown.
  • In Spinel's original/reset form, her three eyelashes are above her eyes. In her current form, these lines (now thicker) are below her eyes. In addition to referencing her upside-down gemstone, they also now resemble running mascara from crying.
    • While in her reset form, when Spinel angrily exclaims "No!", her eyelashes briefly switch to being below her eyes (as they are in her current form).
  • The outfits worn by Steven, Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and Connie in "Finale" resemble the outfits worn by them in a 2016 San Diego Comic-Con poster.
  • The film currently holds a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator.
  • Pearl's "customization feature" that appears before she reforms is in the shape of an oyster. Pearls in real life are made from oysters.
  • As Spinel waits for Pink Diamond in the flashback, forget-me-not flowers can be seen in the background, symbolizing the hope she had for her to eventually return.
    • Additionally, before Pink leaves her in the garden, red spider lilies can be seen in the background. Some legends say that when you see someone that you may never meet again, these flowers bloom along the path.
  • A cut scene from the film, as revealed by Amish Kumar's storyboards included Vidalia and Steven in her art studio, finding Amethyst shapeshifted into a bucket, due to her being distraught.
    • Additionally, there is a cut tap dance sequence while Steven and Amethyst are on the train during "No Matter What."
  • The poster for the movie was drawn by Joe Johnston, inked by Danny Hynes, and colored by Charles Hilton. [16]
  • Each line Garnet said in her rejuvenated form was a question, with the exception of when she was about to regain her memories.
  • The movie originally had a theatrical release date of March 23rd, 2020 but it was delayed due to the recent outbreaks of COVID-19.
  • A sing-along version of the film premiered on March 6, 2020.

Continuity

  • Amethyst plays the drums for Sadie Killer and the Suspects' song "Disobedient", a skill she was shown to have in the episode "Steven and the Stevens".
  • Several objects referencing past episodes are shown in Steven's new room. These include:
  • In the living room, more objects referencing past episodes are seen, including:
    • The remains/hilt of Rose's Sword (which was broken in "Reunited"), seen on one of Steven's shelves,
    • A T-shirt cannon and sunglasses used by Steven in "Shirt Club",
    • A baseball (referencing "Hit the Diamond"),
    • A box containing Conquerors of Eldermore (one of the games mentioned in "The Test"),
    • A box of a game called "A Game" which was occasionally shown on the shelves of the old Beach house
    • An umbrella which resembles the umbrella occasionally shown hanging in the old Beach House (possibly the same umbrella),
    • Rose's painting which previously hung above the front door of the old Beach House,
    • Nephrite's drawing from "Monster Reunion",
    • A mug saying "I ❤️ E C" ("I Love Empire City"), similar to the one seen on Sardonyx's desk in "Know Your Fusion",
    • An image of the Barn before it was destroyed in "Reunited".
  • As Nanefua Pizza is still mayor (after the events of "Dewey Wins"), Bill Dewey is shown to still be an employee of the Big Donut (after the events of "Letters to Lars").
  • The Thunderbird shirt is seen still hanging on Lion's tree inside the Pink Dimension, as well as the branch Steven broke in "Bismuth", suggesting the tree can never grow back, despite the two-years span.
  • Lars is seen baking a purple Ube roll, a Filipino yam dessert first shown in "The Good Lars".
  • Bismuth's new Forge features the old sword from the previous Forge first seen in "Bismuth".
  • Peridot is once again seen watching Camp Pining Hearts (which she first watched in "Log Date 7 15 2").
  • Various past forms of the Gems (or past forms yet unseen) are seen when reforming (or in stylized flashbacks, in Pearl's case):
    • Amethyst's big-ear form, Pearl-like form, and half-muscular form can be seen as she is transforming into her regular self after "No Matter What".
    • Garnet is shown in the silhouette of various past forms/regenerations not seen before.
    • During Pearl's stylized flashback scene before her regeneration, she takes the form of her design created for the Pilot. This is mostly noticeable due to her hair having the pointed front, which is unique to the original pilot design.
  • Peridot being worried that she would "lose all her character development" after touching the Gem Rejuvenator refers to the events of her adjustment on Earth during "Catch and Release" to "Message Received" and onward.
  • The way Steven and Amethyst cheat at skeeball by sitting atop the machine and dropping the balls in is a nod to when Amethyst did the same in "Arcade Mania".
  • The train route which was shown previously in "On the Run" and "Back to the Kindergarten" is once again used to travel to the Prime Kindergarten— this time by Amethyst, Steven and Spinel.
  • Greg's storage unit first shown in "Maximum Capacity" reappears and seems to have remained tidy after having being cleaned out 3 years prior.
  • Steven and Greg agree to let Amethyst shapeshift into Rose in a further attempt to revive Pearl's memories, despite their obvious discomfort over it. This is a nod back to when Amethyst used the form to torment Greg in "Maximum Capacity".
  • Yellow Diamond confirms that she's now liberated her colonies and dismantled her armies, and Blue Diamond confirms that she hasn't shattered anyone recently.
  • Garnet saying everyone is safe and accounted for may or may not be a reference to "Dewey Wins ".
  • Peridot, Bismuth, and Lapis all recalling how long it took them to stop trying to kill Steven refer to previous episodes;
    • Peridot saying it was a few months, referring to the events from "Friend Ship" up to "Catch and Release".
    • Bismuth saying it took about a day and a half, referring to the events of "Bismuth" to her return in "Made of Honor".
    • Lapis jokingly saying she's still on the fence, making subtle references to "Ocean Gem".

Cultural References

  • During the opening credits, Earth and the Sun are pointing northeast, similarly to the intro for nature documentary Planet Earth, where the sun is in the center east while Earth is pointing east.
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  • Spinel's behavior and mannerisms are akin to rubber hose animation, an early style of animation originating in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. Its name is derived from the rubber-like features prominent in cartoon characters from the era, which included arms, and sometimes legs, that are able to stretch and flow without any apparent articulation (no hinged wrists or joints).
    • Additionally, Spinel speaks in a dialect associated with that era, using expressions such as "gee" and "swell".
  • Spinel's hair is similar to Mickey Mouse's ears; regardless of which direction she faces, her two hair tufts always stay at the same place along the outline of her head.
  • In addition to her elasticity, Spinel pulling out a giant fist to punch Steven is a reference to Monkey D. Luffy's gum-gum attack from the anime One Piece.
  • Spinel's squeaky footsteps, in addition to referencing the bounciness of "rubber hose" animation, maybe a reference to SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • The musical opening of the film "The Tale of Steven" is a reference to the old openings in classic Disney Animated films like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), "Cinderella" (1950), and "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).
  • A picture of Connie dressed similarly to Lana from Future Boy Conan can be seen in Steven's room in the background. Rebecca and Ian have mentioned being big fans of the show.
  • The posters advertising the Sadie Killer and the Suspects gig outside the warehouse features a design similar to that of the flag commonly associated with libertarian socialism, a political philosophy rooted in anti-authoritarianism and criticism of capitalism and wage labor relationships within the workplace, themes that are often explored in songs performed by Sadie.
  • At the concert, Buck Dewey is wearing an outfit reminiscent of the musician Prince. And his silver electric guitar resembles the Ibanez S-Series.
  • During "Other Friends", Spinel swings onto a building in a Spider-Man-like pose.
  • Spinel mentions to White, Yellow, and Blue Diamond that she had been waiting for Pink Diamond for 6,000 years, and claims she could do that standing on her head. This references one of Paulie's lines from an early episode of The Sopranos.

Errors

  • During "The Tale of Steven" on the Prime Kindergarten scene, closed-caption says "Yellow Diamond" instead of "White Diamond" while hearing White singing, "Even with us at our worst?".
  • On the page of Steven reuniting with his mother's fellow Diamonds, the symbol of the Diamond Authority is upside down. Whether or not this is intentional is still unknown, although it is most likely not an error
  • Yellow Diamond’s gem disappears after being uncovered by her hand during “Let Us Adore You.”
  • When Spinel activates the Gem Injector, the star on Pearl's jacket is missing.
  • When Spinel is walking on the roof of the lighthouse during "Other Friends", an in-between frame is missing the moment she starts walking.
  • During the scene when Steven said, "No idea", to Greg, the star on his shirt is missing.
  • The tools Peridot throws out from her garbage bin disappear in the next scene.
  • When Spinel "tags" Amethyst, in one frame her gem is missing its facet.
  • The crowd at the rock show switch places between scenes.
  • Steg's second right arm disappeared for second several times.
  • Right before Steg and Opal rise into the air after she fuses, part of Pearl’s gem on Opal is incorrectly colored black.
  • When Garnet looks to her right with crossed arms in "True Kinda Love", the rings switch colors.
  • During the live broadcast, Spinel is seen facing the communicator with the vines clinging onto her legs. But during the scene where Spinel explains her backstory, she is seen facing sideways from where Steven's message was being broadcasted, which then makes her turn to her left to watch the live announcement.
  • Although Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl were running towards Spinel before she was about to attack them with the Gem Rejuvenator, they appeared to be facing the opposite direction when being sliced. However, this was probably done on purpose for a dramatic effect.
  • During the song "Change", Spinel enlarges her right hand and punches Steven with it, but after landing her punch, her enlarged hand was changed into her left hand.
  • Amethyst's gem facet changes direction for a few minutes after she reformed. 
  • When Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl run towards Spinel, Spinel's legs (which should be wrapped around the injector) are missing.
  • Right when Steven poofs Spinel with the Rejuvenator, as Spinel's gemstone falls, it is a right side up heart, opposite to her new form during "Other Friends" where it is upside down.
  • When Spinel says, "Just can it, won't ya?!" her gem wasn't upside down.
  • During the last chorus of No Matter What, the last time they say "be right by your side," in one shot there is a small black dot in Amethyst's hair that disappears when she turns her head.
  • When Steven says "You're sure you can handle them? They're not exactly easy to get along with," there is a small gap in the outline between his mouth and nose.
  • During the song "Found", Spinel's arm is missing for a brief frame or two.
  • The amp meter outside the van while Greg is preparing for the concert, turns into a guitar while Pearl is absorbing it.
  • Steven's left nostril is bleeding after Spinel punches him but in the next scene, he is bleeding from his right nostril only.

Videos

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References

  1. http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/showbuzzdailys-top-150-monday-cable-originals-network-finals-9-2-2019.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The director is @rebeccasugar. I don't think anyone else can do it ianjq on Twitter
  3. "See the teaser for Steven Universe: The Movie, announced at Comic-Con" – Entertainment Weekly
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZsuug-3r_Q
  5. "CN: Steven Universe: The Movie (DVD)" – Amazon
  6. Movie on Google Play
  7. "Release date and track list for the Steven Universe: The Movie soundtrack" – CartoonNetworkPR on Twitter
  8. "Alonso Ramirez Ramos (Disney’s Mickey Mouse Shorts, Steven Universe Movie)" – Vital Thrills, in regard to announced WonderCon 2019 panelists
  9. "The #SUMovie teaser! I returned to the Crewniverse to be on the story team for this! We cooked up something exciting & I can't wait for you to see more!" – ianjq on Twitter
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Storyboard Artist – Steven Universe (Movie) / Nov 2017 – Feb 2018" – Christopher Pianka (LinkedIn profile)
  11. "Today, members of our animation team at Sunmin Image Pictures Co. came to visit! They are hard at work on the movie, have we mentioned that we’re working on a movie? Here’s the Storyboard for the movie!" – Steven Crewniverse on Tumblr
  12. 12.0 12.1 File:SU Movie 007.png
  13. "Featuring all NEW songs by @rebeccasugar in collaboration with @chancetherapper, @EstelleDarlings, @PattiLuPone, @UzoAduba, @SoGallant, @aimeemann and more! – Cartoon Network on Twitter
  14. https://twitter.com/rnn_tweet/status/1241501102777892864
  15. Steven's New Neck | Steven Universe The Movie | Cartoon Network
  16. [1] Joe Johnston on Instagram

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