Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal

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Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 46
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Air date: Oct 8, 2019
Air date: Oct 9, 2019
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Air date: Oct 11, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

A piece of elemental storytelling that finds some real emotional depth without either of its protagonists uttering a single word of dialogue.

Oct 8, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Primal is fresh, visceral, and incredibly Tartakovsky. Built on the foundation of a career's worth of experience and a dedication to animation, it's a must-see series.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The mix of stylized creatures and fantastic attention to detail makes Primal's action sequences feel like segments from a particularly thrilling nature documentary.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Striking, original, and minimal... It's just fun to see [director Genndy Tartakovsky] do something on his own that he does so well.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Few shows have managed to capture the full range of the human experience as expertly as the first few minutes of Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal.

Oct 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Nothing short of breathtaking.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It's storytelling at its most basic, sound and images moving faster than a speeding velociraptor and brimming with soulfulness.

Oct 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If Primal has a flaw, it's one of length; at 22 minutes, episodes occasionally strain the limits of its dialogue-free, roar-heavy approach to storytelling. As an event, though it's hard to question its few missteps.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tartakovsky has long been a distinctive force in TV animation and this is another winner, a spare storytelling experiment that plays like nothing else in the current landscape.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's violence is a reflection of its characters' existence, a cycle from which there's no escape.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: Season 1

  • 2h ago
    amazing. second episode was a bit cheesy but by the end of episode 5 i was biting my nails. Beautiful too.
  • 5h ago
    From its inception, Samurai Jack stood out to me as one of the most incredible cartoons of my youth, and the episodes with little to no dialogue were some of the most memorable. Genndy Tartakovsky takes this mastery of pure visual storytelling to the extreme with Primal, and he has not lost an ounce of his edge. Primal allows him to explore the more visceral side of his art without the constraints imposed by Cartoon Network primetime, but the violence is not glorified. Rather, it is used as a means of crystalizing the show's powerful emotional content, which comes through in waves without so much as a word of dialogue. Storytelling at its finest.
  • 11h ago
    Amazing. Tartakovsky is the greatest.
  • 12h ago
    Beautiful work and proof that adult animation is more that just a bunch of dick jokes, toilet humor and innuendos Genndy doing Gods work with this show.
  • 13h ago
    GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY is a master of the craft that can tell a compelling story with visuals and music alone
  • 14h ago
    What began as a very realistic portrayal of what life would have been like with humans and dinosaurs alive together, descends into destruction pr0n. The first episode is emotionally heart-wrenching not just from the perspective of Spear (the human), but also Fang (the female tyrannosaurus) later on. I found myself crying more than I thought I would in the first episode alone. Spear lands a hit on the snout of a tyrannosaurus, but the spear should have gouged out the dinosaur's eye so that if it appears later in the episode, we know which one it is. Similar dinosaurs appear later to attack Fang, but it is unknown if they are the same ones that attacked Spear. Genndy Tartakovsky brilliantly uses misdirection to make it look like Spear will adopt Fang's children as his own before surprising the audience. The only thing wrong with the first episode is the spear that enters and exits a tyrannosaurus at the speed of a bullet. That unrealistic kill ruined the immersion. The second episode took a bit too long for Spear and Fang to learn how to co-exist, but otherwise nothing wrong with it. The third episode shows more brutality towards an old mammoth than to the red tyrannosaurus enemies of the first episode, but the ending of the episode is incredibly emotional. The fourth episode shows the ingenuity of Fang and the culmination of their bond together as Fang puts herself in harms' way to save Spear. The fifth episode COMPLETELY ruins the entire series. The main antagonist should have been the gigantic red tyrannosaurus mother whose children are the enemies of both Spear and Fang. Instead, we get ape-men who use a MAGICAL black serum to transform themselves into the Incredible Hulk and attack Fang and Spear. This completely ruined the immersion and the build-up of the past 4 episodes. The final death of a character before cutting to black, instead of showing the life pass from his or her eyes (as they had done with the mammoth and deer in past episodes), was one of the most amateur directing decisions I've ever seen. I felt no emotion whatsoever in this scene. After the last episode, I was left with the feeling that I completely wasted my time watching this series.
  • 15h ago
    Finally, something critics and audiences agree with this is a fantastic show.
  • 22h ago
    The animation was amazing. Bloody and Thrilling at the same time. I hope there's a second season.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Give me more, please.
  • 1d ago
    Absolutely stunning story telling without even uttering a single word. Beautiful animations matched with amazing music makes this a must watch, only downside is that there isn't much to watch as it is only five episodes.

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