Apple TV+: New research and advanced CGI produce realistic-looking dinosaur series ‘Prehistoric Planet’

“Prehistoric Planet” is a nature series, executive produced by Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton, that takes current research of dinosaurs and pairs it with cutting edge CGI technology to present long-extinct animals in their natural habitats, caring for babies and avoiding predators.

The five-episode “Prehistoric Planet” will premiere May 23-27 on Apple TV+.
The five-episode “Prehistoric Planet” will premiere May 23-27 on Apple TV+.

Joel Keller for Decider:

Prehistoric Planet reminds us of a Discovery Channel series from the ’00s called Dinosaur Planet. It set out to do what Prehistoric Planet does, which is show long-extinct animals in a realistic-looking nature environment. But the intervening two decades between shows indicate just how far the technology has come.

The way that the series melds its realistic-looking CGI with the live-action natural world around makes an immediate impact during the first major shot, where we see that T. Rex and his brood swimming towards an island. Have we ever seen a T. Rex swim before? Probably not, but seeing him and his calves in the water looked as natural as seeing a shark in a current-day nature show.

Most of the graphics look just that realistic, though there were a few times where it seemed like the illusion wasn’t as apparent. No matter; anyone who knows the tropes of a nature show will fall right into the pattern that the producers use for Prehistoric Planet.

MacDailyNews Take: Debuting globally on Apple TV+ in an epic weeklong event from Monday, May 23rd through Friday, May 27th, the groundbreaking five-episode series combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology research findings, and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of prehistoric Earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience.

here’s the official trailer:

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