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Trailer Release for Genndy Tartakovsky’s New Show PRIMAL | Trailer Breakdown and Analysis

A legend returns to television. After his comeback with the largely successful fifth season of Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky is coming back to Adult Swim with a new show: Primal. For those unaware, Tartakovsky has created such classic cartoons as the aforementioned Samurai Jack, along with Dexter’s Laboratory, the Clone Wars miniseries, and he’s even directed all three of the Hotel Transylvania movies. And with a new show releasing soon, fans are excited to see what he does with this new series.

Based on the recent teaser trailer, we get a bit of just what Primal will be. We open with a series of slow shots setting us up with our protagonist and the otherworldly beauty of his environment. He’s an unnamed caveman living in prehistoric times, set against harsh climates and even harsher predators: dinosaurs. We then get a bunch of action shots of the caveman fighting different prehistoric monsters, from large snakes to woolly mammoths. And, towards the end of the trailer, we see the caveman teaming up with a large tyrannosaurus rex, both of them howling to the sky as they engage in deadly, bloody fights to the death.

Now while this doesn’t tell us much about any sort of plot for the show, or even about the characters of the show, the trailer does succeed in giving us a theme, a mood. Primal is drawn in the same style that Tartakovsky loves, with everything having straight lines and sharp angles, even if his style has matured some as he’s gotten older. And it’s this sharp art style that helps add to the intensity of the show. There’s blood everywhere, fights rage against impossible odds, prehistoric monsters abound, and the sharp line work really helps add to this. Tartakovsky and his crew chose to give audiences a feel for the show instead of just giving us facts and plot points, making his trailer stand out among others that have come out recently. You can tell just by watching this trailer whether or not you’d be interested in what’s to come.

However, while I may wish for more facts about the show, since that’s how my mind works, even I can tell that this new show is looking to be another homerun for Tartakovsky. Every one of his shows just gets better and better with its style and animation, and Primal looks to be pushing the envelope of what that style can achieve. Also, having this show on Adult Swim is great because it allows for the animation to be more bloody and graphic without being restricted by censors. Whether or not this bloodier cartoon is gratuitous or not is simply up to personal opinion, but if it’s what the creator feels needs to be in the show in order for it to be whole then I’m down to see how it turns out. Hopefully, the show is as action-packed as this trailer. Primal is set to start releasing Fall 2019 on Adult Swim.

But what do you think? Did Primal sell itself to you with its minimalist trailer and show-don’t-tell style? Or would you have preferred more direct information telling us about what this show will be about? Leave a comment down below and tell us your thoughts and opinions, and to stay tuned in for more Primal news consider subscribing by email.

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Afro Samurai Director Reveals New Movie Project | Human Lost | C2E2 2019

This past weekend I was honored to not only attend the 10th anniversary of C2E2 in my hometown of Chicago but was honored to be invited to many exclusive press conferences. However, one of the biggest things to come from C2E2 was in the form of a small reveal to the public eye on the SyFy Live! Stage.

Fuminori Kizaki, the director of famed Afro Samurai, and its Emmy-winning follow up, Afro Samurai: Ressurection, too to the stage to reveal his latest movie project with Funimation.

As fans of the oddball, and slightly futuristic anime lined the seats in droves, Kizaki took the stage with Toshiaki Obata (Psycho-Pass), and Shuzo John Shiota (Polygon Pictures) to explain how Kizaki will  dive even further into the futurism when he tackles a cyberpunkish piece of sci-fi by the name of Human Lost.
They were careful to keep the project in mystery but confirmed that the show would be set in 2036 Tokyo, Japan.

Concept art was shown with much of it being blue-hued, rugged, urban, and grey toned. The film has apparently been in production for the past four years and was looking to fill the gap in the Japanese sci-fi genre left by films like Akira, and Ghost In The Shell. The creative team looks to combine their influences and follow in the footsteps of Afro Samurai’s success both critically and popularly.

Kizaki explained that working on the film had plenty of differences than his past work, most notably that the 3-D film takes a different process than 2-D animation, which he sees as a refreshing approach, and promised a ton of action sequences.

The film was revealed to be based on the famous Japanese novel, No Longer Human, an intense partially autobiographical drama about alienation and addiction, from author Osamu Dazai. The goal is to combine the books subject matter with sci-fi elements to provide inherently complex and flawed humanity inside the secretive film. One difference Kizaki did state that the film will have from the book, despite having as much of the original subject matter as possible, would be the ending, in which they took measure to lighten up the depressing original take.

Finally, they showed off a teaser trailer, which you can view below, before showing off an even longer, and seemingly industry focus trailer exclusive to the convention attendees. Highlights in this trailer indicated that the story would revolve around medical advancements that would extend life dramatically, bringing a cost with it. Mad Max style vehicles could also be seen, and plenty of colorful Blade Runner-esque neon advertisements to paint their worlds environment. Most importantly, there was plenty of bloody conflicts, to the point where even a horse took fire. If a burning horse doesn’t send a message, then I don’t know what else does.

Human Lost will be in theaters this Fall.

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