Yesterday, July 22, the second season of Primal, an animated series that has won five Emmys including the Outstanding Animated Program Award, premiered on HBO Max.
Primal follows the story of Spear (Aaron LaPlante), a caveman at the dawn of evolution, who by chance strikes up an unlikely friendship with Fang, a nearly extinct dinosaur. In this second season, Spear and Fang travel to a new world to rescue Mira (Laëtitia Eïdo) from her kidnappers, and unwittingly arrive in a place replete with savage brutality.
Although the synopsis may seem a bit childish, the truth is that the animation is intended for an adult audience that has led it to position itself as one of the most watched series on the HBO Max platform. The series is full of suspense, heartbreak, emotion and fear in a sequence of animated images that barely uses dialogue.
The piece is a complete work of art that comes to life and relies solely on music and graphic images to tell the story of two unlikely allies who find themselves caught up in circumstances where they must work together to face a treacherous and cruel world. After being brought together by each other’s unfortunate tragedies, they end up becoming each other’s only hope for survival.
Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who has also worked on Star Wars: Clone Wars, collaborates with art direction by Scott Eills and musical composition by Tyler Bates and Joanne Higginbottom along with sound by Joel Valentine to create a cinematic production that has been classified as a complete artistic work of grand proportions.
This new season continues to experiment with the animated format by mixing genres, a bet that does nothing but show the mastery of the director. We can only wait to find out if the second season will have the same success and mettle as the first.