Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal

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Epic in every sense, Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal is a stunning feat of visual storytelling.



Critic Ratings: 18


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User Ratings: 82
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Air date: Oct 8, 2019
Air date: Oct 9, 2019
Air date: Oct 10, 2019
Air date: Oct 11, 2019
Air date: Oct 12, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

It's a testament to the medium and another shining example of how animation can provide a memorable onscreen experience as well as any live action fare is able to do.

Nov 11, 2019 | Rating: A | 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…
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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…

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…
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The joy in watching Primal comes not from the frenetic action sequences... but rather from how Tartakovsky charts the unlikeliest of relationships from its tragic starting point to one that is, strangely, emotionally fulfilling.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a great show for teens with some patience and love of animation as an art form. The art, while not complicated, is simply gorgeous; each minute feels like a study in animation.

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tartakovsky is one of the maximalist animators of our time, crafting his world with the most visual and graceful extremes and having plenty of firecrackers up his sleeves.

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

Primal is the culmination of years of experimentation, and it's an incredible project densely packed with a wide range of emotions. It's an intense, powerful, and brutal masterpiece.

Oct 23, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Primal is an incredible series to look at, stunning in both moments of stillness and in its ultraviolent action.

Oct 15, 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…

Even if it takes stretching history millions of years, Primal finds an innate truth buried deep in the fossil record.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Primal proves that [Genndy] Tartakovsky has evolved without sacrificing his core instincts.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Excellent! Everything I'd hoped it would be – this show needs more attention! I hope in later episodes they'll explore more of an overarching adventure, or revisit some elements of earlier episodes, but that's by no means a criticism of the episodic, free-flowing nature of the show now; it's wonderful how much drama they're able to mix into such a nonverbal, visceral universe. Highly recommend.
  • 4d ago
    It's the best! Please say there will be soon be more and please revive "Dino".
  • Nov 06, 2019
    So layered and full of emotion without saying a single word. Just finished it and those 5 episodes of 20 minutes each will stay with me much, much longer than 90% of the movies and tv series with pretensions that are thrown at us on daily basis. This is what art's all about. Thank you, mr. Tartakovsky and company !
  • Oct 31, 2019
    A well deserved almost perfect score. Primal is absolutely one of the best pieces of anime I've ever had the pleasure of watching. With no words in the entire 5 part series you're left with only raw emotion, this truly is primal in every sense of the meaning. Well done Genndy, well done.
  • Oct 29, 2019
    definitely the best show this year; no words, just pure emotion. The anger and sadness throughout the show are palpable. the universal nature of the show makes it easy for anyone to be invested in the characters.
  • Oct 29, 2019
    It's amazing! This is the top reason why I still dread digital remakes of classic animation, it's art that should never be overlooked and the quality of it's details and storyline are just excellent! Must watch and must watch again!
  • Oct 28, 2019
    One of the best new animated show I've seen without dialogue. I can't wait for the 2nd half of season 1.
  • Oct 26, 2019
    Without a single line of dialogue, this show sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions and was a stunning experience.
  • Oct 24, 2019
  • Oct 23, 2019
    An emotionally gripping and universal character study.

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