Steven Universe: The Movie
Steven, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl are on a cliff, while Spinel
Promotional release poster
Based onSteven Universe
by Rebecca Sugar
Written by
  • Lamar Abrams
  • Miki Brewster
  • Danny Cragg
  • Hilary Florido
  • Joe Johnston
  • Amish Kumar
  • Jeff Liu
  • Katie Mitroff
  • Kat Morris
  • Chris Pianka
  • Maddie Queripel
  • Rebecca Sugar
  • Paul Villeco
Story by
  • Ben Levin
  • Hilary Florido
  • Ian Jones-Quartey
  • Jack Pendarvis
  • Joe Johnston
  • Kat Morris
  • Matt Burnett
  • Rebecca Sugar
Directed by
  • Rebecca Sugar
  • Joe Johnston (co)
  • Kat Morris (co)
Music by
  • Aivi & Surasshu
  • Jeff Ball
  • Stemage
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Rebecca Sugar
  • Kat Morris (co)
  • Joe Johnston (co)
  • Ian Jones-Quartey (co)
  • Alonso Ramirez Ramos (co)
  • Chance the Rapper (co)
ProducerJackie Buscarino
EditorPaul Douglas
Running time82 minutes[1]
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Original networkCartoon Network
Original release
  • September 2, 2019 (2019-09-02)
Preceded bySteven Universe
Followed bySteven Universe Future

Steven Universe: The Movie is a 2019 American animated musical television film based on the animated television series Steven Universe created by Rebecca Sugar. The film is directed by Sugar, alongside co-directors Joe Johnston and Kat Morris, and stars Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall, and Sarah Stiles, alongside an ensemble cast reprising their roles from the television series. Steven Universe: The Movie takes place two years after the events of the series finale "Change Your Mind", and follows the Crystal Gems as they attempt to save all organic life on Earth from a deranged Gem with a history with Steven's mother.

The film was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, and a short teaser trailer was later released on Cartoon Network's YouTube channel. At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, a trailer for the film was released, along with the announcement of a documentary based on the film's creation to be released along with the DVD. The film premiered on Cartoon Network on September 2, 2019, to 1.57 million viewers. It was the first Cartoon Network original film since 2015's Regular Show: The Movie.

The film takes place between the original Steven Universe series and its follow-up, Steven Universe Future.[2]


After an introduction from the Diamonds ("The Tale of Steven"), Steven Universe, now 16 years old, greets the citizens of the Gem Empire. The Diamonds want him to stay to fulfill his mother Pink Diamond's role as a leader ("Let Us Adore You"), but he refuses. Back on Earth, the Crystal Gems celebrate their newfound peace ("Happily Ever After"). Almost immediately, a giant drill lands on the hillside, and Spinel, a deranged and cartoonish Gem, appears, announcing her intent to kill Steven and the rest of the Earth ("Other Friends"). Using a scythe-like weapon, she "poofs" Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst back into their gem forms; her attacks also weaken Steven's Gem powers, though his body is unharmed. Steven manages to poof Spinel with the scythe.

Steven calls his father, Greg, for help. The Gems regenerate their bodies (including Ruby and Sapphire separately), but their memories somehow have been erased; Pearl assumes that she is Greg's servant ("system/BOOT.pearl_final(3).Info"). With her memories gone, Spinel is a goofy and happy-go-lucky Gem whose function is to entertain her companion. Steven seeks advice from Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, and Bismuth; they try to raise Steven's spirits ("Who We Are"). Bismuth recognizes Spinel's weapon as a "Rejuvenator", a device used to reset the minds of rebellious Gems back to their default state. 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, they fuse into Garnet ("Isn't It Love?"), but she still has no memory of her life.

After Steven recovers Amethyst's memory by reenacting experiences the two had together ("No Matter What"), Peridot discovers that Spinel's drill is injecting a toxic chemical that will kill all life on Earth. In a moment of panic, Steven attempts to remove the injector, but his weakened efforts only serve to accelerate the process. In order to revive Pearl's memory, the group takes her to a Sadie Killer and the Suspects concert, hoping their music will bring back her memories of rebellion ("Disobedient"), but Pearl insists that as long as Greg exists, she will obey him. Steven uses what little energy he has left to fuse with Greg ("Independent Together"), which enables Pearl to recover her memory. She tells Steven that Spinel was once Pink Diamond's playmate; overcome with sadness, Spinel flees.

Steven follows Spinel to a desolate garden in space, where she reveals her backstory: When Pink Diamond began the Gem colonization of Earth and did not want Spinel to join her, she tricked Spinel into "playing a game", in which Spinel was to stand frozen in the garden. Spinel was left there alone for 6,000 years before learning that Pink Diamond no longer exists ("Drift Away"). Steven tells her that he will never abandon her and that he will make up for his mother's mistakes ("Found").

Back in Beach City, Spinel turns off the injector, but when Steven begins shifting his attention back to everyone else, she accuses Steven of just using her, suggesting he'll abandon her or wipe her memory again. She turns the injector back on and attacks Steven. As he tries to explain the truth to her, Garnet recovers her memory ("True Kinda Love"). Steven sends the others 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 notion of growth and change, which he needs to re-experience. Embracing this fact, he regains his powers and battles Spinel, trying to convince her that she can change as well ("Change"). Their fight destroys the injector, and Spinel relents after realizing how much she hates what she has become.

The Diamonds suddenly arrive, intending to live on Earth with Steven. He introduces Spinel to them and they take an immediate liking to her because of her goofy personality, and how she reminds them of Pink ("Let Us Adore You (Reprise)"). 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, and Steven, Connie, Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst, and Greg perform a Takarazuka-style "Finale".


Main article: List of Steven Universe characters

The film features the main and recurring characters of the series,[3] and introduces the new characters Spinel and Steg.


Further information: Steven Universe: The Movie (soundtrack)

The film is a musical, with songs written by the series creator Rebecca Sugar featuring musical collaborations with Aivi & Surasshu, Chance the Rapper, Gallant, James Fauntleroy, Macie Stewart, Mike Krol, Grant Henry (Stemage), Jeff Liu, Jeff Ball, and Julian "Zorsy" Sanchez, as well as Estelle, Ted Leo, and Aimee Mann, who have voice roles. Lena Raine is also credited for song and score mixing.[4] The film is executive produced by Rebecca Sugar.[5] The co-executive producers are Chance the Rapper, Kat Morris, Joe Johnston, Alonso Ramirez Ramos and Ian Jones-Quartey.[5] The film was directed by Rebecca Sugar, Kat Morris, and Joe Johnston. The story for the film was developed by Ben Levin, Hilary Florido, Ian Jones-Quartey, Jack Pendarvis, Joe Johnston, Kat Morris, Matt Burnett, and Rebecca Sugar.[6]


The film was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, and a short teaser trailer was later released on Cartoon Network's YouTube channel.[7] A poster was released a week before San Diego Comic-Con 2019, revealing a glimpse of the film's antagonist and a visibly older Steven,[8] setting the film two years after the events of "Change Your Mind".[9]

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, a trailer for the film was released, along with the announcement of a documentary based on the film's creation to be released along with the DVD.[10]

Adult Swim's action-oriented Toonami block aired a second trailer for the film during their August 24 broadcast.[11]


The film was released on September 2, 2019, on Cartoon Network; the Every Steven Ever marathon aired leading up to the film,[4] followed by a digital release on September 3.[1] The film was released on DVD by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on November 12, 2019; this release contains the documentary Behind the Curtain: The Making of Steven Universe: The Movie and animatics both with and without commentary.[12] The film was later released on the Steven Universe: The Complete Collection DVD on December 8, 2020, alongside the entirety of the original series and Future.[13]


The film has been released among various international Cartoon Network feeds. In Australia, the film released on the streaming service Stan on September 30, 2019. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the film was released a month later on October 1, 2019. In France, the film was premiered on October 27, 2019. In Romania, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, the film premiered on May 9, 2020. In Poland, the film premiered on May 17, 2020. In Germany, the film premiered on May 30, 2020.


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In Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, the film was released theatrically from October 24 to October 30, 2019, in Cinemark Theatres.[15]

A one-night theatrical sing-along screening through Fathom Events was planned for March 23, 2020, including a premiere screening of an episode of Steven Universe Future, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the sing-along edition of the film premiered on Cartoon Network on March 6, 2020, preceding 2 new episodes of Future, while the attached episode was released digitally on the event's original date.[16]

Through its limited run, the film made $24,012 at the international box-office.[17]



Steven Universe: The Movie was seen by 1.57 million viewers on its original telecast, which was commercial-free.[18] This made the film the highest-rated broadcast of the series in over three years.

Critical response

The film was universally acclaimed by critics prior to broadcast, with the music, animation and characters highlighted in particular.[19]

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 100% approval rating based on nine reviews.[20]

Speaking of its effectiveness as a stand-alone story in Forbes, Dani Di Placido described the film as "both approachable to newcomers and deeply rewarding for longtime fans of the series".[21]'s Rollin Bishop summarised that the film contains "amazing musical numbers with striking illustrations and breathtaking animation to outdo anything the franchise has attempted before",[22] while Shamus Kelley of Den of Geek commented on the strong emotional content, saying that "this is a movie that will stick with you long after it’s finished airing. Like the best entertainment, it holds up a mirror and lets you examine your life in a safe way".[23]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2019 Annie Awards Best Voice Acting TV/Media Sarah Stiles as "Spinel" Nominated
2020 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Kids & Family Programming Steven Universe: The Movie Nominated


Main article: Steven Universe: The Movie (soundtrack)

The first single from the film's soundtrack, "True Kinda Love", performed by Estelle and Callison, was released on July 19, 2019. The soundtrack was released on September 1, 2019.[24]

The soundtrack peaked at number 57 on the US Billboard 200 chart, number 6 on the Independent Albums chart, and number 5 on the Soundtracks chart.[25][26][27] Additionally, two songs from the soundtrack charted on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart. "Other Friends" and True Kinda Love" peaked at number 1 and number 8 respectively.[28] The song "Happily Ever After" was later adapted into the title theme of the epilogue limited series Steven Universe Future.[2]

A deluxe version (featuring demo versions of a few songs) was released on November 15, 2019.[29][30]


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