The Steven Universe Podcast is an Internet podcast hosted by McKenzie Atwood which debuted on July 20, 2017. The format of the show consists of informative interviews conducted by McKenzie with the creative team and cast of Steven Universe, addressing the creative process involved with the show from the guests perspective. The show is produced by Cartoon Network and published for streaming on iTunes.
Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and her brother Steven, who inspired the title character and who also serves as a background artist on the series, talk about growing up together playing video games and watching anime. They reveal the origins of some of the Steven Universe imagery, characters, backgrounds, and music, what inspired the creation of the Gems, and fan theories about the show.
"Zach Callison and Grace Rolek - Coming of Age with Steven Universe"
July 27, 2017
Zach Callison, voice of Steven Universe, and Grace Rolek, voice of Steven's best friend Connie, talk about growing up with and growing into their roles. Hear about the story of their auditions, how they found out they landed their respective parts, working with creator Rebecca Sugar and the Crewniverse, and some of their favorite episode moments and songs. Steven and Connie themselves join in and reveal their favorite video games, pizza, and the super power they wish they had.
Storyboard artists Jeff Liu and Lamar Abrams explain the boarding and writing process, and which characters are their favorites to board. Storyboard revisionists Maya Petersen and Amish Kumar share the challenges of revising group scenes, and shots featuring multiple Gems. And Storyboard Supervisor Hilary Florido and Supervising Directors Joe Johnston and Kat Morris take us inside the "Mr. Greg" episode, and offer tips and advice to upcoming young artists and animators.
"Voicing The Gems with Rebecca Sugar, Deedee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz, Shelby Rabara, and Jennifer Paz"
August 10, 2017
Shelby Rabara, Jennifer Paz, Deedee Magno Hall, and Michaela Dietz have stories about their respective auditions, working together and with other cast members in the booth, what they love best about their characters and the show, and which other Gems they were originally considered to voice. Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar returns to talk about the origin of the Gems, and what it took to find the perfect voices to play them.
"All By Design with Steven Sugar, Liz Artinian, Jane Bak, Mary Nash, Efrain Farias, Danny Hynes, Aleth Romanillos, and Angie Wang"
August 17, 2017
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 characters themselves. We'll hear about their favorite episodes to create, their most challenging design moments, and their proudest design achievements.