Prehistoric Planet

Tyrannosaurus rex and juvenile shown in “Prehistoric Planet."
Tyrannosaurus rex and juvenile shown in “Prehistoric Planet."
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Prehistoric Planet




5/5 Stars


Experience the wonders of our world like never before in this epic docuseries from Jon Favreau and the producers of Planet Earth. Prehistoric Planet combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology 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. 


If you've ever watched the original Jurassic Park films and remember how in awe you were, you will be dazzled and amazed by the new natural history series Prehistoric Planet on Apple TV+ in which Sir David Attenborough steps 66 million years back in Earth's past to show, talk and walk with dinosaurs.

With incredible computer technology and special effects, scientists and filmmakers recreate Earth in the astounding new series, bringing dinosaurs alive and showcasing their behaviours as if they're alive today.

If you're old enough to remember the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs from 1999 – this new documentary series is similar and enhanced with 20-years of further knowledge, scientific understanding and filmmaking advancement.

Incorporating the latest scientific and archaeological knowledge and extrapolating plausible scenarios and behaviours, Prehistoric Planet, in the first mesmerising episode, shows how underwater dino giants would likely have battled over the territory since some were found with the broken-off teeth of rivals in their necks.

Set in the Late Cretaceous period, 66 million years ago, Prehistoric Planet is paleontological TV perfection: It's can't-look-away great. It makes you feel like you're in a time machine, literally viewing dinosaurs exactly as they were while they roamed the Earth.

Produced for Apple by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Moving Picture Company (responsible for the remake of The Jungle Book and The Lion King), with Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton as executive producers, the show has been in the making for over a decade.

It corrects in its depiction of what we now know of dinosaurs, for instance, that the skin of baby Tyrannosaurus rex and other species were covered in feathers.

Episodes range from Coasts, and Deserts, to Freshwater, Ice Worlds, and Forests.

"The skies are filled with flying giants. In the seas, monstrous reptiles control the depths. On land, dinosaurs of every kind - all facing the struggle to survive," says Sir David Attenborough in the show. "We now know so much of the world that was ruled by the dinosaurs."

The various dino tales artfully segue from one into the other. The show excels at building tension and at subverting expectations - what you think might happen to a dinosaur in a specific case is terrific for you as a viewer to guess during the build-up and then see if it comes true.

These dinos look, feel and act as if you've stepped into Jurassic Park, although you're looking through the looking glass at creatures, with approximated behaviour, from a time so long ago.

Find that 7-year old dinosaur fan in your family and watch this with them – in fact, watching a single episode of Prehistoric Planet will make you one or rekindle your interest in that terrible lizard era and those legendary creatures who ruled our world millions of years ago – from the pterosaur and the beautiful aquatic mosasaur, to the nanuqsaurus, antarctopelta, pachyrhinosaurus and many more exotic - and deadly fascinating animals.

The prehistoric spectacle is packed with little known new facts, new behaviours, and surprising reveals: From mating behaviour to swallowing seabed pebbles, complex teamwork-makes-the-dino-dream-work and T-Rex dads who apparently kind of cared for their young as they swam to islands. Who knew?

In our disconnected so-called modern world where we've forgotten that everything is (still) interlinked, Sir David Attenborough and Prehistoric Planet take us back to an original time showing how life began on our planet not as one thing but as an ecosystem of interlinked and interdependent creatures - underwater, on land and in the skies.

Over 66 million years, the creatures changed. The message, and wonder, remain the same.


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