Why Do You Like Steven Universe? – The Psychology Behind Media

ALCon 2017 panel on psychological theories of adult enjoyment of children’s media using the show Steven Universe as an exemple.

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handsomefatman
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Steven Universe is amazing.

Rezro
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One of many but yes. I recently discovered also Star vs the Forces of Evil. I originally skip it because first season is average, but after that show become really great. And who didn’t watch Gravity Falls?

Chicken Puppet
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I think this is a generational thing, but also a quality thing.

This phenomenon started with the end of the “animation age Ghetto” in the late 80s and early 90s when animation was no longer deemed only “kids stuff” by western audiences.

The adults watching Steven Universe are mostly young millenial adults. (I’m sure there are some Boomers and GenX’ers that really enjoy it) There’s sort of an in-between era where many people that enjoy animation will continue to watch but with a more discerning eye for only the best written shows.

Chicken Puppet
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EG: People that grew up in the 80s continued to watch shows like Batman TAS, Animaniacs, and Gargoyles.

Later, it was the last Airbender and Justice League, then more recently Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe.

Welshguy
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You’ve got something there.
I grew up as a teenager during the 2000’s where there was practically no cartoons worthy to watch, with a few exceptions like Justice League and Avatar. This was when I was more interested in Anime because they had much to offer. It was by the late 2000’s that things started to improve with Spectacular Spider-Man in 2008, and in 2010 I watched and became a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in 2010. After this I’ve been watching more western animation.

Rezro
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You are too optimistic.. yes, in the 90’ties there were several usually comic book related shows worth watching (speaking of that famous “toy commercial” cartoons from 80’ties, like G1 Transformers also were produced by Marvel) and lets not forget Disney Renesanse what spread also on they TV series like mentioned Gargoyles, plus if someone is deeper in that skit style cartoons like Loony Tunes originated as product for adult before silver screen diminish them to “kid shows”. But claim that cartoons stop being deemed as “kids stuff” is false, like also you forget or ignore that most cartoons in 90’ties… Read more »
Tross
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I’ve never seen this show, but it sounds pretty neat, and I’ve heard good things about it. I have personally been a Brony since 2014 though, and even chose them as my topic of study for my Qualitative Methods class back in university. I was a sociology major who now holds a sociology BA and I’ve found the subject of adult kinderculture fascinating. This vid is interesting, and does seem to help explain why a grown man with a degree and a career could possibly like My Little Pony, or more specifically Friendship is Magic (as I’m not so fond… Read more »
Rezro
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From worth checking alongside Steven Universe, pure “cartoons” (not comicbook or franchise adaptations): Gravity Falls, Star vs the Forces of Evil, Adventure Time and Regular Show.

PS: For its times G1 My Little Pony was decent (made by Marvel after all). FiM in fact is remake-sequel of Rescue from the Midnight Castle, and contain references to basically all those series. Of course I not force anyone, but knowing them give another layer of the plot.

Tross
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Oh, I’ve gone back and watched the G1-3 shows, and I’m glad I’ve seen them for the context they provide. I just have no desire to see them again, although Rescue at Midnight Castle has to be the most alright of the past gen material. I’m not sure if I have the time to dedicate to another series as it already makes little sense that My Little Pony has slowly but surely sucked my soul away, and I’m certain I don’t need another obsession as between MLP and gaming, my monthly visa bill is high enough, but I guess if… Read more »
Rezro
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I didn’t expect that but ok.. RfMC is most important from G1 shows as those events are straight up continued in forth season of FiM, and it explain many many stuff. Mostly the nature of element of magic and Scorpan, or what did happen to the him and his Empire (what “doesn’t look” like corrupted Crystal Empire from episode under same name) and his dragon assistant. Plus not-Starlight (G1 Twilight aka Majesty) was there with her tricky sister and one seriously discorded wizard, girl from human world and Sirens. Escape from Catrina is skipable (though cat person would me in… Read more »
Rezro
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I think I should address it as it was bring up in the panel. HUGE SPOILERS (season 5) When Steven was put on trial, huge twist was that Diamonds don’t blame Rose Quartz for shattering Pink Diamond because.. haza.. she couldn’t do that. They only want to know WTF did happen back then? This was foreshadowed before by Bismuth who pointed out that Rose sword was incapable to shatter gems (it is why she work on gam shattering device). Quite obvious though unspoken conclusion was that it was that Diamond was behind it, but even if Yellow Diamond is hostile… Read more »
Rezro
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Also I forget to mention.. it is quite possible that if this theory is correct that real Cristal Gems were in fact the villains. If Pink Diamond start creating off color gems (there is also a theory that she was off color herself, though I can get credit for that) and make other weird movements as human zoo (what as creepy as it sound contradict the idea of her vile intentions). It is quite possible that some of her gems would rebel seeing that as blasphemy in they purity obsession. Here it is worth to remind that neither of the… Read more »
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