DINOSAURS like you’ve never seen them before.
That’s basically the pitch for David Attenborough’s new Apple TV+ series, and it’s spot on.
The new natural history show produced by the BBC animates dinosaurs in spectacular quality.
It’s directed by Jon Favreau (Marvel Studios, The Lion King) and features a team of 10 paleontologists fact-checking every last detail.
Hollywood-grade graphics and storytelling feature some of Earth’s most iconic (but long-gone) creatures across five episodes.
I got a chance to watch two episodes ahead of their May 23 debut on Apple’s streaming service.
It brings dinosaurs to life with compelling stories that show how all of their lives were so closely connected.
And we place them on Earth using real location footage, transporting us through the story like never before.
Even the start of the series is spectacular.
The first episode focuses on coasts, and we see a gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex swimming across the ocean.
That’s not how we normally imagine the T-Rex, so it’s already clear that this series treats dinosaurs differently.
We see heartwarming footage – which you’d assume was real if logic told you otherwise – of Daddy T-Rex flanked by his babies.
They frantically run to shore to find a meal, but an even larger predator lurks beneath them.
I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a crisp (and very intense) opening.
The second installment moves into deserts – desolate wastelands of prehistory made exciting by the hardy dinos that once inhabited them.
We see the brutal lives of many dinosaurs and how these magnificent creatures survived against (almost) all odds.
They spend a lot of time wondering how they could possibly know some of the details.
Granted, some of what we see will be pure speculation.
But modern science allows us to know far more about these creatures than ever before.
It’s very more-ish and is damn good entertainment too.
David’s familiar and familiar voice really strengthens the project.
It makes these often extraterrestrial creatures look like they could just be bumped into in the real world – just like in any of his fantastical nature documents.
The music is beautiful and exciting. You have Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Inception) to thank for that.
If you are at all interested in dinosaurs, nature or science, you will love this show.
In fact, it’s so much fun that it’s probably all it takes to be alive to have a brilliant time watching Prehistoric Planet.
It’s hard to say what the end message of the series will be.
This is on the Attenborough project – and an Apple production – so there will likely be some moralizing at the end.
I suspect it will be something like: We lost all this majestic life to a freak accident, so let’s take better care of the animals we have left – while we can.
But maybe they’ll go full-on into Jurassic Park and advocate for the revival of dinosaur life.
Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad after all? The baby T-Rex were very cute…
Prehistoric Planet debuts May 23 on Apple TV+, with a new episode releasing each day.
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