If Steven Universe fans thought that the film was perfect (or at least as perfect as something that came after the series finale could be), then the live rendition of many Steven Universe: The Movie tunes at the animated epic's New York Comic Con 2019 panel may cause them to get flashbacks to the show's San Diego performance and/or hyperventilate. So too might the update that the show is getting an epilogue limited series entitled Steven Universe Future. Yup, new Steven Universe.
It was the first panel the show's had since the film premiered, so they had to talk about what comes next. All that and more was revealed at NYCC 2019 - and SYFY WIRE was there for it all. First, however, were the songs from Estelle (Garnet), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), Deedee Magno-Hall (Pearl), and Sarah Stiles (Spinel) as well as show creator Rebecca Sugar. Just a very real concert on stage, featuring songs like "Drift Away," "Isn't It Love," and of course "True Kinda Love" from a full band.
Sugar and the cast continued the fun after the songs died down with a Q&A about the show's end and the movie that worked both as a series-capper and a way in for gem newbies. The film, which spawned hit songs by pop/indie musicians like Ted Leo and Chance the Rapper, took influences from '30s rubber-hose animation, Sugar's childhood stuffed rabbit (which also led to Adventure Time song, "Everything Stays"), and Broadway.
Sugar touched on her collaborative writing process, going to Estelle for all things music for advice, while revealing that she voice directed the entire film due to the high frequency of songs (which she voice directs in the show). Stiles explained that she auditioned with "Drift Away" and it was as tearjerking as ever - even on tape. Now audiences have to try not to cry, though they still have a few things to look forward to, like the limited series Steven Universe: Future, which showed off a very brief video tease (the opening credits) at the very end of the panel:
This epilogue will replace any new season and does not yet have a release date. The official description reads, "After saving the universe, Steven is still at it, tying up every loose end. But as he runs out of other people’s problems to solve, he’ll finally have to face his own."
The Movie gets a home release (which includes the making-of documentary Behind the Curtain: The Making of Steven Universe: The Movie on Nov. 12, while the vinyl soundtrack drops a few days later on Nov. 15.
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