Outside the Wire VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look at the visual effects in Netflix’s new sci-fi action movie Outside the Wire starring Anthony Mackie. Plus, examine the cinematography of Genndy Tartakovsky across Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Clone Wars, Primal and more. And finally, try out a Cobra Kai workout led by Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks, who is apparently still around. Read More »

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal

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The Series: Primal

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: When a caveman and a tyrannosaurs rex both experience terrible tragedies, they form an unlikely bond as they join forces to survive in a dangerous prehistoric world full of deadly creatures, mystical beings, and treacherous environments.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Genndy Tartakovsky is one of the greatest names in animation. As the creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the original 2D animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars, he’s proven to have an incredible eye for stylish animation, clever humor, and mesmerizing action. But more importantly, he knows how to tell a poignant story in a short window of time. With his latest series Primal, he pulls out all the stops to deliver an animated series about a caveman and a dinosaur who become unlikely friends as they try to survive a harsh prehistoric world. But this isn’t just a buddy-buddy cartoon. It’s some of the best animated storytelling in recently memory. Read More »

Making of Primal

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look behind the scenes of the Adult Swim animated series Primal created by Genndy Tartakovsky. Plus, find out how the Disney Theme Park Merchandising team merges storytelling with their products to help bring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge an immersive experience. And finally, see how Adam Savage is customizing The Mandalorian‘s life-size Baby Yoda from Sideshow Collectibles and repainting the figure. Read More »

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Riverdale season 5 is jumping forward in time.
  • Altered Carbon has been canceled.
  • Watch a trailer for the return of Supernatural.
  • Reno 911 has been renewed by Quibi.
  • Primal has also been renewed (and you can watch a teaser).
  • Lucifer season 5 is resuming production.
  • So is Locke & Key.
  • Showtime renews The Chi for season 4.
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries has been canceled.
  • Watch a trailer for the Showtime documentary series The Comedy Store.

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Primal review

Blink and miss one frame of detailed animation and you miss the entire world. At least, that’s the case when watching the masterful animation and razor-blade precision of Genndy Tartakovsky and his team. 

Echoing the flat, sharp-lined, dimensional aesthetic of its spiritual predecessor Samurai Jack, elements like whiplash, stillness, noise, and quiet are vital to the first five episodes of Primal, Tartakovsky’s latest limited series for Adult Swim. Tartakovsky pushes the envelope for cinematic televised animation through zero dialogue, wildlife ambiance, the grandeur and smallness of gestures, and stillness to convey action and introspection. With the rolling trum-trum-trum of Tyler Bates’ and Joanne Higginbottom’s music, Aaron LaPlante‘s growls, shrieks, grunts for a leading character with no words, the thrashy and crunching sound design by Joel Valentine, and Scott Willis’s sharp and flushed art direction, everything is woven into a painstaking presentation. Read More »

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The Good Place Season 4

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • We’re in for a crazy, jaw-dropping cameo on this final Good Place season! (But we don’t know who it is yet)
  • USA is making a show about the guys who created Doom.
  • Claws renewed for fourth and final season.
  • Dear White People renewed for fourth and final season, too.
  • Get your first look at Primal.
  • Snowpiercer TV show, which left TNT for TBS, goes back to TNT again.
  • Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are teaming for a TV project.

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Primal Clip

Legendary animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, the 2003 Star Wars: Clone Wars) comes to Comic Con New York to introduce his latest–and perhaps most audacious–work: Primal.

At the dawn of evolution, a stout Neanderthal caveman and a dinosaur forge an unlikely friendship to survive a bloodcurdling eon in the beast-ridden prehistoric landscape. Imagine Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur but hand-drawn, adult, gorier, more T-Rexes, and with the Tartakovsky Touch. Read More »

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This might be the most Nicolas Cage movie Nicolas Cage has ever done, and that’s saying something. In Primal, Cage plays a hunter of exotic animals who captures a rare white jaguar for a zoo. The jaguar is being transported via ship – but so is a crazy political assassin. When the assassin breaks free, he lets the jaguar, and a bunch of other animals, loose. Mayhem follows. Watch the Primal trailer below.

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Primal Clip

Genndy Tartakovsky is coming home. The master animator behind Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and the original Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning to Cartoon Network with Primal, a miniseries about a caveman and the dinosaur he hunts with. While that premise may sound like something for a younger audience, consider putting the kids to bed before you hit play on this one. Primal is a violent and intense show about surviving in a harsh world, and a new clip from the series really sells the violence and intense tone.

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