Primal, marketed as Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, is an action-adventure animated series created by Russian-American Genndy Tartakovsky, who previously worked for Cartoon Network.
A caveman nicknamed Spear was trying to survive with a female Tyrannosaurus Fang after both had their families killed by the rouge Tyrannosauruses. They both attempt to fight off rouge animals trying to kill them. From mammoths, to dinosaurs, to more.
Why It Rocks
- Absolutely beautiful animation and visuals. Those features were improvements from Samurai Jack.
- It was an attempt for (adult swim) to stop over saturating the generic comedy genre and actually focusing on the plot.
- The character designs have a lot of effort put into them, despite Genndy himself stating he wanted a simply art style in Samurai Jack. Notably the animals and the enemies, along with the backgrounds.
- The amount of dialogue is unique in it’s own way, since we didn’t need to hear words to understand what’s happening in the show. Just using grunts worked since that adds to the unique ways of using dialogue.
- Stronger emotional moments, like when we relate with Spear when he had suicidal thoughts about his family being gone.
- Badass action scenes. They do not have excessive gore and blood, just enough to make the scenes actually feel effective and appealing to view.
- The main antagonists are intimidating, as they really mean business when fighting the main protagonists. No weak antagonists, currently.
- Spear and Fang are likable in their own way, as they never kill for fun. Instead, they only do so because they need to survive the violent landscapes.
- The soundtrack fits the serious tone of the scenes that tell there’s gonna be a fight.
- Visual storytelling is present, something rarely done in a television series.
- You could also watch the first 5 episodes in film form, Primal: Tales of Savagery.
- The amount of prehistoric animals is actually interesting. Since Genndy wanted to break the rules by having a man and dinosaur.
- The second half will be airing on 2020.