From IMDb: “Primal features a caveman at the dawn of evolution. A dinosaur on the brink of extinction. Bonded by tragedy, this unlikely friendship becomes the only hope of survival in a violent, primordial world.”
What I liked:
- Since it takes place in primordial times, the show has zero dialog. Only yells and roars and physical expression drive the emotion of the show. Creator/Director Genndy Tartakovksy has plenty of experience crafting entire episodes around action yet featuring little to no dialog, which is something he perfected working on his brilliant and influential opus Samurai Jack.
- Speaking of action, the man always delivers visceral, thrilling experiences through composition, sound and physicality.
- Explores the bond between two hunters who are also mutually prey.
What I didn’t like:
- Can’t believe they really used the generic IMPACT font to display their episode titles.
- Makes me wish Sony would’ve gone through with Genndy’s Popeye feature film.
Overall: There aren’t many mainstream animators with such a distinct style anymore, but add another well-made, emotionally human tale to Genndy Tartakovsky’s resume.
Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production and has been published both online and in print for Los Angeles City College’s award-winning Collegian newspaper. He’s on Twitter and Instagram, and is also currently writing his first short novel.