The trailer for Apple TV’s Prehistoric Planet follows a young T-Rex on its hunt for breakfast and gives an inside look at how dinosaurs lived before.
The trailer for Prehistoric Planet brings dinosaurs to life in footage for the upcoming docuseries. Prehistoric Planet is an Apple TV docuseries that will bring dinosaurs to center stage, not as predators to be feared, but as animals looking to survive as all others do. The series is produced by Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton, featuring the narration talents of David Attenborough, and a musical score by Hans Zimmer.
The first official sneak peek for the series was released by AppleTV‘s YouTube channel on April 2. The short trailer opens with newborn turtles making their way from the sand to the ocean and then reveals the real subject in the background, a young tyrannosaurus rex hoping to catch its breakfast. The dinosaur is adorably unsuccessful in its attempts, because as Attenborough’s well-known voice attests, this animal has the necessary instincts but lacks the experience to finish the hunt. The video ends with the young creature retreating back to a larger tyrannosaurus rex who, for now, Attenborough says “is just being father.” Check it out below:
The clip manages to endear the tyrannosaurus rex in a way that only incredible footage and Attenborough’s soothing voice could. The footage is also shockingly realistic and moves with a fluidity that removes any thought of manufacturing. Instead, the dinosaurs look and feel as though they were observed in nature and filmed the same way documentaries typically are.
The trailer also makes sure to specifically mention the presence of feathers on the young dinosaur. Though the fact that dinosaurs had feathers is now relatively well-known, it is a good omen to see that the creators are working to make the series historically and biologically accurate. This, in tandem with the neutral discussion of the animal by Attenborough, hints that Prehistoric Planet will aim to go beyond simple glorification or vilification of dinosaurs and give a realistic representation of what they might have been like in real life.
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