Sure, we’ve all seen Jurassic Park, we know that Hollywood technology can bring dinosaurs back to life in full color. But when we watch Jurassic Park or other dino movies, we know that what we see belongs in the world of fiction. Apple TV+’s next event series Prehistoric Planet offers us a different perspective. In truth, much of the past is obscured to the average human. We may wish that video cameras existed way back when, but they simply didn’t. Still, science and technology have allowed us to come a long way in our exploration of times gone by. And we get to see the culmination of that in Prehistoric Planet. And what does that culmination give to us? Well, it gives us a nature documentary about dinosaurs that actually includes “real” footage of dinos in action. For all you dinosaur lovers out there, this one is good.
Check out this first clip from Prehistoric Planet:
Honestly, this dinosaur documentary is truly wild. We begin the clip and we feel like we’re watching any other nature video. A cute turtle crawls on the shore. The next thing we know, the shadow of a predator looms. But wait. The predator is… a dinosaur. A baby T. rex to be exact. And it happily stomps turtles on the beach. We have to blink once or twice. But yes, there it is, a living, breathing dinosaur baby. At least, a living, breathing digital dinosaur baby. Still, it really feels surreal. And that feeling only grows when mother T. Rex joins her child.
More About How Prehistoric Planet Brings Dinosaurs Back to Life
But how exactly does Prehistoric Planet work its dino magic?
A release for the series explains:
Apple TV+ today revealed a glimpse at its highly anticipated natural history event series “Prehistoric Planet,” from executive producers Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton, and BBC Studios Natural History Unit (“Planet Earth”), and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Set to debut globally on Apple TV+ from Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, the five-episode groundbreaking series will transport viewers 66 million years in the past to discover our world – and the dinosaurs that roamed it – all in stunning detail and set to an original score by multiple Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer.
Rolling out with one new episode per day, “Prehistoric Planet” combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest palaeontology learnings and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of ancient earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. This series is produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit with support from the photorealistic visual effects of MPC (“The Lion King,” “The Jungle Book”), “Prehistoric Planet” presents little-known and surprising facts of dinosaur life set against the backdrop of the environments of Cretaceous times, including coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds and forests. From revealing eye-opening parenting techniques of Tyrannosaurus rex to exploring the mysterious depths of the oceans and the deadly dangers in the sky, “Prehistoric Planet” brings Earth’s history to life like never before.
To recap we have Jon Favreau, Sir David Attenborough, state-of-the-art technology, and dinosaurs. Needless to say, we are in. We get a lot of immersive experiences these days. But this one really offers us something special.
Prehistoric Planet Teaser Trailer
In addition to the clip, Apple TV+ has also released a first look teaser for the series:
Dinosaurs on a grand scale sums up this experience. Fictional movies may spotlight dinosaurs, but usually humans make up the core of the story. But not this time.
Prehistoric Planet releases on May 23. Dinosaur-lovers, this one is for you.