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Apple TV Series Review: Prehistoric Planet Shows Dinosaurs in the Wild!

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There’s something about dinosaurs that still make them the topic of many series and movies. Producers Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton have envisioned a world where Dinosaurs hunt and exist in the enthralling new series Prehistoric Planet. Read on for a review of Prehistoric Planet on Apple TV!

Prehistoric planet review


The series combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology learnings and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of ancient Earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. “Prehistoric Planet” presents little-known and surprising facts of dinosaur life set against the backdrop of the environments of Cretaceous times, including coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds and forests. From revealing eye-opening parenting techniques of Tyrannosaurus rex to exploring the mysterious depths of the oceans and the deadly dangers in the sky, “Prehistoric Planet” brings Earth’s history to life like never before. 

Prehistoric Planet Review

Screener provided by AppleTV, all thoughts and opinions my own.

The premise of Prehistoric Planet is simple: What if there were cameras 66 million years ago?  What did dinosaurs look and sound like while hunting or eating?  Prehistoric Planet answers those questions in a visually pleasing new series that gives viewers a birds-eye view of the planet when dinosaurs occupied most of the land.

The attention to detail is IMPECCABLE in Prehistoric Planet.  There are a few scenes where you can tell the dinosaurs are CGI, but most of the time?  The animals look very realistic and it’s easy to feel transported as if there were cameras alongside dinosaurs hunting and trying to survive.  The background scenes seem to be real and each episode varies showing dinosaurs in different environments the first few being the coast and desert.   

Prehistoric planet review

The narration of Prehistoric Planet is done by David Attenborough whose crisp British accent guests view through the ups and downs of life amongst dinosaurs.  He also does a bit of an introduction and conclusion to each episode for viewers which is helpful to know what dinosaurs are being covered in each episode.  

Viewing Prehistoric Planet means that you might have to put some disbelief aside especially if you are watching with children.  I fielded questions like “How did they know that dinosaur had feathers?” and “Did T Rex really know to swim to another island to get food?”  I had no answers but it was a good opportunity to do some googling and reserve some dinosaur books from the library.

Prehistoric Planet also introduces two new dinosaur species:

  • Qianzhousaurus, sometimes known as ‘Pinocchio rex’ because of their long snouts. These new tyrannosaurs were newly discovered in the last decade in Eastern China. 
  • Nanuqsaurus, a small tyrannosaur (around 6 meters) built for life in the polar north, we get a glimpse of them here covered in insulating feathers to help them survive the winter in prehistoric Alaska. It is probable that they were intelligent, social animals capable of hunting in groups to bring down large prey. 

Apple TV is running neck and neck with Disney Plus for documentaries that are both beautiful and intelligent and Prehistoric Planet will fill that need for more animal series on streaming devices.


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