In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar details collaborating with Estelle on Garnet’s standout Season One number, “Stronger Than You.” Though Sugar confesses that she was “nervous” to ask the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter to sing on Cartoon Network’s beloved animated series, Estelle’s suggestions for listening—including the theme from Fame—quelled Sugar’s anxieties and pointed her in the right direction. “This has to be a love song and a fight song and victory song,” as Sugar says, “all at the same time.”
The video is part of a never-before-seen conversation with Sugar included as one of the many extras on the DVD release of Steven Universe: The Complete First Season. (See also: an “Inside the Music” featurette, animatics, song demos, an exclusive live performance, and more.) The first time a full season of Steven Universe has been released on DVD, the four-disc set contains all 52 episodes from Season One, or 572 minutes of Sugar-y goodness. (To mark the occasion, Cartoon Network has partnered with Voodoo Doughnuts to create an 800-dougnut Steven Universe mural at L.A.’s Universal CityWalk this coming Saturday, Feb. 3.)
Steven Universe: The Complete First Season arrives Tuesday, Jan. 30, with a suggested retail price of $24.98.