Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal:

   The Complete First Season

                                  review by Bobby Blakey

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Genndy Tartakovsky has delivered some of my favorite animated series including Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and the original Clone Wars micro-series as well as directed the three Hotel Transylvania films. In 2019 he unleashed the all-new series Primal that kicked all kinds of ass. Now you can bring the prehistoric chaos home with Primal: The Complete First Season.

Primal follows the tale of a caveman at the dawn of evolution as he forms an unlikely friendship with an almost extinct dinosaur. With suspense, heartbreak, excitement, love, and fear all without a single word of dialogue, the series is a painting come to life, relying solely on music and graphic imagery to tell the story of two unlikely allies as they navigate through a treacherous world. After bonding over unfortunate tragedies, they seem to become each other’s only hope of survival against a common enemy. 

This is easily one of the most effective and brilliant animated projects in some time. The entire series features zero dialogue but still so much emotion from both the caveman and the dinosaur. You completely understand and feel everything they are both going through whether it be emotional or just action packed. It has no business working as well as it does, but the attention to detail to bring these action packed tales to life works to perfection.

 

Being a fan of pretty much everything Tartakovsky has done I knew I would love it, but it is so much more than you might expect. It is a very simple story focusing on the unlikely pairing of these enemies that is heartwarming and heartbreaking throughout. The animated style is so cool and fits this show perfectly. While I love every episode there is one later in the season that focuses on the past loss of them both that is so amazingly good that you will no doubt need to have the tissues ready.

 

I cannot wait for the next season, but this one is so good I can watch this entire season over and over. Thankfully with this release I can do just that. Grab your copy of Primal: The Complete First Season available now from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.