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"Unboxing" is a Steven Universe short that first aired on Cartoon Network. It is done in the style of an unboxing video, featuring Steven reviewing a novelty hot dog bag.


Steven records an "unboxing" video of his new Hot Dog Duffel Bag, and continues doing so even when the Crystal Gems get into a fight with a monster just off-camera.


A screen full of static appears for a second, and Steven appears. He focuses the camera, and then introduces himself. Steven tells the viewers that this is his first unboxing video, and explains how he is a fan of novelty backpacks, showing his Cheeseburger Backpack. Bringing the backpack closer to the screen, the viewers can see that it has become slightly dirtier than before, Steven explaining that it is dirty because he loves it so much. Steven comes back to the topic and says that he bought a new bag. He invites the viewer to take a look, "together!" The star iris closes onto Steven's face, and reopens on the door. Steven opens the door, and says the package should be there any second. We see Jamie standing, his back facing the camera. There is a pause, and Jamie asks if the camera is ready, after which Steven replies "yeah" Jamie takes a deep breath, turns around, and says "special delivery" in a narrative voice, tilting his sunglasses. The box he holds has the Wacky Sacks brand name. Jamie then asks if he can get a copy of the video for his reel. Static appears again for a split second.

The next scene shows the Wacky Sacks box. Steven hums an upbeat tune while cutting the box's tape with a pair of scissors. Steven opens the box, revealing a bag that resembles a giant hot dog. Steven is very excited, stating "It's the highly anticipated Hot Dog Duffel Bag!" Steven then proceeds to tell the viewers that this is a highly momentous occasion, because the hot dog bag is Wacky Sack's first duffel bag in their line of sacks. We hear Pearl's voice, and the camera moves to show Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. Pearl asks if Steven is ready to go on a mission. Steven tells the Gems that he can't, because he is doing a video review. Confused, Amethyst asks Steven if he is doing a review of a box, and Steven replies, "No! Of a bag!" Pearl accepts his excuse, and tells Steven to have fun with his bag. Amethyst points to the box and states that Lion is already helping. The camera goes back down to show Lion chewing on the box. Steven admonishes Lion, and the star iris closes on Lion's face.

The star iris reopens and the scene is now in Steven's room again. The hot dog bag is now out of the box. Steven examines it, and estimates that it is about six and a half real hot dogs long. Steven, acknowledging his international viewers, says that the length equals to about seven metric bratwursts. Steven touches the bag, and says the bun fabric is very soft. Steven brings his hand to the hot dog part of the bag, and says that it is pretty scratchy and stiff. The camera turns to face Steven, and he says that his dad likes his hot dog skins "all crispy and snappy", because he thinks that tastes better. Steven then says that he doesn't think there's such a thing as a bad hot dog, only bad chefs. Steven giggles, and we hear Pearl's voice yell "Don't let it into the house!" and Garnet summoning her gauntlets. Steven chuckles and apologizes to the viewers, "Sorry for the audio issues, dudes!". Amethyst is then chucked through the air behind Steven.

Another static screen appears, and in the next scene the camera is back on the Hot Dog bag. Steven touches it, saying that there are three pockets, which is thinks is really nice because he sometimes needs more than two. Steven is interrupted when a dark purplish-blue goop suddenly lands on his arm and the bag. Steven groans, but when he easily wipes the goop off the bag, he comes back to his cheery mood, praising the bonus "goo-resistance". A static screen appears once more.

In the final scene, the camera is pointed at Steven, who is covered in goop. Steven is happy with the Hot Dog Bag, stating "Overall, I'd say that this is a pretty great bag... especially if you like hot dogs!". Pearl calls Steven, and so he ends his video by telling the viewers to make sure to subscribe to his channel. A bunch of dark blue tentacles resembling Chrysocolla's then emerge in the background, as Steven concludes his video by saying "I love you! Bye!". Pearl yells, "Steven, stop filming and hel-" but is cut off by the final static screen.






  • Steven estimates the Hot Dog Duffel Bag to be six-and-a-half hot dogs long, which would be about 3.25 feet (0.9906 meters) long. Another estimation included seven bratwursts, being approximately 5.716667 feet (1.74244 meters) long, which would be inaccurate according to Steven's calculations.
  • The short was named "Novelty Backpack" in several instances, such as on the Cartoon Network Africa YouTube channel, but the listed title on Cartoon Network USA's website is "Unboxing".

Cultural References

  • At the end of the episode, Steven says to "subscribe to his channel" as if he makes actual TubeTube (YouTube) videos.
  • The video references the trend of unboxing videos, which started to become popular across sites like Dailymotion and YouTube in 2006.[1]


  • Chrysocolla is still within the Crystal Temple, last seen in "Reformed". Her status as of the end of the short is unknown, although she appears to have left Amethyst's room and has now entered the house.
  • It can be assumed that Steven is using Greg's camera that Rose recorded with in "Lion 3: Straight to Video" and in "We Need to Talk", due to the static and star iris transitions during Steven's unboxing/review.
  • The Hotdog Duffle shows up again in "Mr. Greg" as part of Steven's luggage. It returns again in the episode “Familiar” when Pearl comes to check on Steven to see if he was okay.


View the episode's transcript here.


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ve Episode List
Pilot Pilot
Season 1 A: Gem GlowLaser Light CannonCheeseburger BackpackTogether BreakfastFryboCat FingersBubble BuddiesSerious StevenTiger MillionaireSteven's LionArcade ManiaGiant WomanSo Many BirthdaysLars and the Cool KidsOnion TradeSteven the Sword FighterLion 2: The MovieBeach PartyRose's RoomCoach StevenJoking VictimSteven and the StevensMonster BuddiesAn Indirect KissMirror Gem/Ocean Gem

B: House GuestSpace RaceSecret TeamIsland AdventureKeep Beach City WeirdFusion CuisineGarnet's UniverseWatermelon StevenLion 3: Straight to VideoWarp TourAlone TogetherThe TestFuture VisionOn the RunHorror ClubWinter ForecastMaximum CapacityMarble MadnessRose's ScabbardOpen BookShirt ClubStory for StevenThe MessagePolitical PowerThe Return/Jail Break

Season 2 Full DisclosureJoy RideSay UncleLove LettersReformedSworn to the SwordRising Tides, Crashing SkiesKeeping It TogetherWe Need to TalkChille TidCry for HelpKeystone MotelOnion FriendHistorical FrictionFriend ShipNightmare HospitalSadie's SongCatch and ReleaseWhen It RainsBack to the BarnToo FarThe AnswerSteven's BirthdayIt Could've Been Great/Message ReceivedLog Date 7 15 2
Season 3 Super Watermelon Island/Gem DrillSame Old WorldBarn MatesHit the DiamondSteven FloatsDrop Beat DadMr. GregToo Short to RideThe New LarsBeach City DriftRestaurant WarsKiki's Pizza Delivery ServiceMonster ReunionAlone at SeaGreg the BabysitterGem HuntCrack the WhipSteven vs. AmethystBismuthBetaEarthlingsBack to the MoonBubbled
Season 4 Kindergarten KidKnow Your FusionBuddy's BookMindful EducationFuture Boy ZoltronLast One Out of Beach CityOnion GangGem HarvestThree Gems and a BabySteven's DreamAdventures in Light DistortionGem HeistThe ZooThat Will Be AllThe New Crystal GemsStorm in the RoomRocknaldoTiger PhilanthropistRoom for RubyLion 4: Alternate EndingDoug OutThe Good LarsAre You My Dad?I Am My Mom
Season 5 Stuck TogetherThe TrialOff ColorsLars' HeadDewey WinsGemcationRaising the BarnBack to the KindergartenSadie KillerKevin PartyLars of the StarsJungle MoonYour Mother and MineThe Big ShowPool HoppingLetters to LarsCan't Go BackA Single Pale RoseNow We're Only Falling ApartWhat's Your Problem?The QuestionMade of HonorReunitedLegs From Here to HomeworldFamiliarTogether AloneEscapismChange Your Mind
Film Steven Universe: The Movie
Steven Universe Future Little HomeschoolGuidanceRose BudsVolleyballBluebirdA Very Special EpisodeSnow DayWhy So Blue?Little GraduationPrickly PairIn DreamsBismuth CasualTogether ForeverGrowing PainsMr. UniverseFragmentsHomeworld BoundEverything's FineI Am My MonsterThe Future
Shorts Lion Loves to Fit in a BoxThe Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?We Are the Crystal GemsThe Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?UnboxingThe Classroom Gems: FusionCooking with LionGem KaraokeSteven ReactsVideo ChatSteven's Song Time