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Adult Swim Taps into Nature's Brutality in Genndy Tartakovsky's Epic Animated Series, Primal

Primal encompasses every aspect of the word, telling the story of an unlikely friendship between a caveman at the dawn of evolution and a dinosaur on the brink of extinction. After tragedy strikes, early man and dinosaur find a connection that unites them against all threats. Now wielding a spear and riding a dinosaur the fierce warrior is able to double his efforts when it comes to self-defence and hunting for food. One on the verge of extinction and the other just beginning, they become allies and each other's only hope of survival in a bloodthirsty and ruthless prehistoric world.

Primal is from Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator behind the Emmy-winning series Samurai Jack and director of Hotel Transylvania and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Using dynamic yet artful animation, which veers from extreme close ups to spectacular action, Tartakovsky is able to use visual storytelling to convey his caveman's thoughts and feelings.

A chunky man filled with rage, it's easy to see similarities between the caveman and The Hulk, especially when it comes to sheer strength and basic instincts. Tartakovsky says he was influenced by the Conan: The Barbarian comics and the "complex, confusing and cruel" brutality of nature.

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There's no dialogue, allowing the animated series to break language barriers and forcing the creators to rely on creativity and nuance when conveying character and propelling the inner journey.

Instead, the characters express themselves through grunts, roars and gestures clearly conveying meaning thanks to detailed animation, art direction and sound design. It could have been an animated feature film, but feels just about right at 20 minutes per episode.

The sparse scripting, distinct animation style and brutal head-splitting action give Primal its own raw, bone-breaking and visceral power. It's a series for fans of God of War, people who want to unleash rage and pent up primal energy. While animated, it's violent and full of fury, making it only suitable for mature audiences unleash you want your living room destroyed.

The animated series is part of the [adult swim] collection now available to watch exclusively on Showmax.