Transforming animated characters into dwelling, respiratory live-action variations is all the trend. Fan artists have devoted themselves to creating wrinkly models of each cartoon character. Scooby-Doo, George of the Jungle, Paddington, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Popeye, courtesy of acclaimed director Robert Altman, all made the leap. For Disney, the conversion is a enterprise mannequin.
So it’s not a stretch to marvel if Steven Universe, the long-running Cartoon Network sequence which wrapped its run on Friday evening with the conclusion of Steven Universe Future, may reincarnate into live-action someday down the highway. Would creator Rebecca Sugar ever entertain the notion?
“I’m always interested in learning new things, so I’d love to learn what that might mean in live action,” Sugar advised Polygon through e mail, “but I love the fascinating history of animation, and the loaded visual language I get to work with.”
Sugar advised Polygon that she has no plans to proceed the story of Steven Universe, other than the upcoming End of an Era artbook. But in musing on the potential of a live-action Steven Universe story, the animator and storyteller touched on a facet of the sequence that always goes missed. The sequence is understood for tackling main emotional and behavioral ideas, and Steven Universe Future finale was no exception. But from the start, Sugar additionally got down to make a present in regards to the paradigms and kinds which have made cartooning such a various medium.
“A lot of elements of Steven Universe are meta-commentary on the kinds of cartoons they’re based on,” Sugar stated. “Spinel [from Steven Universe: The Movie] is the obvious: a cartoon that’s been trapped in time and never allowed to evolve. But the dynamic between the Crystal Gems and the Diamonds additionally has to do with fashionable Cartoon Network cartoons interacting with an ‘older’ technology of cartoons.” For Sugar, these vary from the illustrative work of Winsor McCay and Nell Brinkley to the Golden Age Disney films and 1970s-era anime.
Steven Universe’s on-line fanbase has entertained the live-action adaptation thought experiment because the present first premiered in 2013. One fortified fan wiki page imagines a film directed Maleficent’s Robert Stromberg, starring Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo as Steven, Chris Evans as Greg, Amy Adams as Rose, Rebel Wilson as Amethyst, Bella Thorne as Pearl, and Estelle as Garnet (as a result of who else, actually?). But for Sugar, any live-action remedy of Steven Universe would contain extra than simply plugging well-known faces into the roles.
“If I were to approach these characters in live action, the whole thing would need to be conceptualized differently. I’d need to find ways to express ‘tradition’ and the ways it can be stifling and phony, vs. what feels ‘modern,’ liberated, and honest.”