Primal: Tales of Savagery (2019)

Aaron LaPlante,
Primal: Tales of Savagery is a movie starring Aaron LaPlante and Jon Olson. GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY'S PRIMAL - TALES OF SAVAGERY features a caveman and a dinosaur on the brink of extinction. Bonded by tragedy, this unlikely friendship...
  • 8.5 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2019-10-31 Added:
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  • Genndy Tartakovsky, Director:
  • Shareena Carlson, Producer:
9 / 10


Primal is Tartakovsky in all of his glory. It's a throwback to both Ralph Bakshi and the days of silent film. It's simultaneously unifying and divisive. We fall in love with both man and beast. It is a tumultuous journey that hits you hard with both action and emotion.

10 / 10


Everything you expect from tartakovsky but it feels like greater by the minute.

10 / 10

Awesome story

I loved every second of it. Amazing movie. An epic bond between animal and man.

8 / 10

good story other than major details

Woulda been nice if there was any actual dinosaurs and not just pop culture dino's from the past and people didn't coexist with dinosaurs so uhhh yea, other than that it was insanely entertaining for the whole hour 20 ( i think that's how long it was). and the animation is beautiful couldn't expect anything less from the man who directed samurai jack... the only grievance is the dinosaurs reconstructions like really.... not even one feather on the raptors?

7 / 10


'Primal: Tales Of Savagery (2019)' is a compilation of the first four episodes of Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Primal (2019-)', which essentially makes it an anthology of loosely connected short stories. It's set in the often-seen but entirely fictional period of pre-history in which man and dinosaur roam side by side, focusing on the unlikely bond formed between one member of each species. Because of its nature, it doesn't feel like a traditional film. Its arcs are limited to each segment and the overall narrative doesn't feel entirely complete (primarily because it isn't). Having said that, the 'episodes' themselves are typically rather entertaining. There isn't any spoken dialogue and the thing is actually really good at visual storytelling; it impressively manages to convey some relatively complex emotions and inner thoughts simply though action. There's a good mix between quiet character moments and brutal, chest-beating action, which keeps things feeling relatively fresh throughout. The set-pieces are exciting and the animation is minimalist but effective. It's a good in-the-moment experience, even if it doesn't amount to an entirely cohesive experience overall. It's probably not the best way to watch 'Primal (2019-)', which is clearly meant to be viewed in 22-minute chunks, but it's a decent time nevertheless. 7/10