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The cartoon I have been waiting for!
on April 13, 2014
American cartoons geared for adults and teens have been dominated by satirical shows like Family Guy and South Park for years. While I can enjoy these shows, it felt like satire, making fun of people, and pushing the boundaries on offensiveness became formulaic. And as a female viewer, I couldn't help but notice that every show was geared toward a male audience. Sometimes an otherwise great episode would be peppered with sexist jokes or problematic representations of women, which alienated me. Obviously there are plenty of other perspectives out there in the world, but mainstream adult/teen cartoons kept presenting the same very narrow set of perspectives. I was longing for a fresh, positive show that presented women in a way that could map to my reality.
Adventure Time changed everything. I think it really proved that a show doesn't have to be satirical to be popular. It was fresh and charming, and it continues to impress me every time I watch it.
I was extremely interested when I heard that Rebecca Sugar, who had worked on many of my favorite aspects of Adventure Time, was creating Steven Universe. And when I did get to see some episodes, I was really impressed. This show gets it right in so many ways. It has a familiar relate-able world with compelling reveals of an underlying fantasy world. The characters have diverse personalities and bodies. Best of all, the treatment of every character is positive. I knew I was watching something special when I saw Amethyst nonchalantly picking her nose. Embracing one's self and others is a prominent theme in the show, which is wonderful. The original songs are charming, the visual design is just beautiful, and the Cat Fingers episode had some really cool animation. Steven Universe is awesome and it helps to fill a gap that really needed to be addressed in mainstream cartoons.
I do wish that Amazon would make new episodes available sooner after they air.