Animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky follows up his award-winning Samurai Jack with a new series for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Tartakovsky released the first clip of his new show Primal, at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019, and it’s bloody amazing!
Genndy Tartakovsky is a huge name in the world of animation. The man is responsible for animated classics such as Dexter’s Laboratory, the first Star Wars: Clone Wars series, as well as the critically acclaimed Samurai Jack.
Tartakovsky has also written, directed and produced various other shows in the same realm of animation. His writing and directing credits include The Powerpuff Girls and Pokémon. Most casual audiences will recognize his name from his directing of the Hotel Transylvania franchise (so far), starring Adam Sandler.
While Tartakosky has been in the animation world for decades, Samurai Jack is the show that brought him the most critical appeal.
The Cartoon Network show Samurai Jack originated from Tartakovsky’s love for Samurai culture and the Bushido code. Samurai Jack featured an out-of-time feudal prince, in a dystopian future, attempting to return to his own era to defeat his mortal enemy responsible for the destruction in this unfamiliar future.
The series earned high praise for its blend of multiple genres and visuals. Tartakovsky infused Samurai Jack with animation that felt like comic book panels, with the story homages to 70’s genre films. The animated show won multiple Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as heralding unprecedented critical acclaim.
Samurai Jack ended in 2004 with Season 4, but no resolution to the story. However, 13 years since it’s finale, the series returned to the same network, for a fifth and final season. The last season completed the protagonist’s long and harrowing journey. Tartakovsky’s story is so beloved that it stood the test of time for more than a decade, inspiring fans’ continued clamor for the end of Samurai Jack, thus cementing Tarakovsky’s status as an animation legend.
Returning to Cartoon Network with a new series, Tartakovsky debuted the first clip of Primal during San Diego Comic-Con 2019 (SDCC). The new series will focus on a caveman hero from pre-historic times as he battles for everyday survival against wild creatures, unknown dangers and the harsh conditions of life itself in the age of dinosaurs.
The new clip from Primal shows our caveman hero being witness to one dinosaur attempting to protect its young from other ravenous dinosaurs. Our hero at one point jumps into the fray helping the mother dinosaur, by single-handedly fighting off an attacking dinosaur. While the hero is thus far unnamed, I’m hoping for a similar every-day name like John. Because, why not? The brief action scene in the clip is breathtaking and builds tension, unlike some other animated fare.
Primal looks very much similar to Tartakosvky’s Samurai Jack in its style of animation. The visuals harken back to Jack’s retro 70’s vibes. The intentionally old-fashioned look of the series makes the dinosaurs very reminiscent of the ones from the family-friendly Land Before Time franchise. But the similarities end there.
Oh, The Brutality!
Primal will air on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s other division of more mature and adult-themed animated content. So appropriately, Primal is a brutally bloody and gory show. Similar to the last season of Samurai Jack, Tartakovsky has not shied away from showing the graphic nature of life in prehistoric times in Primal. And it’s honestly refreshing to see an animated show not being afraid of doing so.
While no release date has been confirmed for Primal, the show is set to premiere on Adult Swim sometime in the fall.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.