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.
Source: Adult Swim