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Rebecca Sugar on the essential role of music in Steven Universe

An exclusive look at the series’ first full-season DVD collection

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

For the first time in the show’s five-year history, Steven Universe fans will be able to buy a DVD collection of its full first season.

That shouldn’t seem like a major milestone for an extremely popular, award-winning television show, but them’s the quirks of DVD releases at Cartoon Network. The three-disc collection includes the first 52 episodes of the animated series, from “Gem Glow” through “Jail Break,” “Full Disclosure,” and “Joy Ride.”

And it also contains special features, including a “never-before-seen intimate conversation” with series creator Rebecca Sugar, according to a news release from Cartoon Network. You can watch an exclusive clip from that conversation above, in which Sugar discusses the role that music plays in the show.

“Early on when I was working on [Steven Universe],” Sugar recalls in the video, “I knew it was going to have to have incredible music, and that it would have to have a lot of original songs.”

Those original songs have garnered their own attention: A soundtrack album released in 2017 debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Soundtracks chart.

Steven Universe: The Complete First Season will hit stores on Jan. 30. To help celebrate, Cartoon Network is partnering with four Voodoo Doughnut locations — Austin, Denver, Downtown Portland and Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles — to offer a Steven Universe-inspired doughnut on Feb. 3. The press release isn’t specific about what kind of doughnut that is — but Steven’s not picky.

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