It’s the first CN series from a solo female creator — which doesn’t put that network behind the rest of the world, especially. With a few rule-proving exceptions, animation was a sexually segregated industry for many decades, relegating women to the ink-and-paint department. There were noted outsiders, such as Faith Hubley and Sally Cruikshank, animating in the days of yore, but you will not exhaust your fingers and toes counting them. Things are changing, but it’s still mostly dudes running the show.
Steven (Zach Callison) is a chubby boy of indeterminate preteen age who seems to live in the custody of but also fights alongside three universe-defending superwomen, the Crystal Gems: Garnet (the British R&B singer Estelle), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz) and Pearl (Deedee Magno). Each is embedded with a magical, mystical jewel that confers distinct special powers.
Is there anything particularly female about the series? I suppose so, in the way that there’s something “female” about Tina Weymouth’s bass playing or Jane Freilicher’s still lifes, and because art reflects everything that makes the artist. There may be more salmon and violet in the palette than usual; possibly the emotional notes are more delicately and naturally struck than in, say, “Phineas and Ferb,” to hazard a couple of stereotypes. The important point is that more diversity among animators means more diverse cartoons.
And Sugar’s good at this stuff — which is all that really counts. (via)