Genndy Tartakovsky has one of the most distinct sensibilities of any animator working today. The directorial mind behind Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and the Hotel Transylvania films, he is uniquely attuned to the rhythms of animated action. As the title suggests, his newest show, Primal, is incredibly stripped down.
Focusing on a caveman called Spear and a dinosaur called Fang working together to survive in an incredibly dangerous world, it features no spoken dialogue and minimal plots. The most recent episode, for instance, simply features Spear nursing Fang back to health after a vicious fight, building to a confrontation with a pack of hyenas. Though an incredibly violent show, it also finds a great deal of power in prolonged sequences of quiet. With top-notch art direction and incredibly intricate fight scenes, it’s the best action series on television right now.
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