Saddle up, folks. An S-tier crossover is coming to Apple TV+. Ordinarily, any documentary from the aging GOAT himself – Sir David Attenborough – would be sufficient cause for celebration. But in defiance of the otherwise bleak timeline we’re living in, we’ll soon be receiving a David Attenborough documentary about dinosaurs accompanied by an original score from his fellow GOAT: the Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. This is Prehistoric Planet.
“Prehistoric Planet 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,” reads the official description from Apple TV+.
“The series 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.”
Honouring his late brother Richard Attenborough – who starred as kindly financier John Hammond in Jurassic Park – the five instalments of Sir David Attenborough’s Prehistoric Planet you can expect are as follows:
- Episode 1 – Coasts
“A pregnant Tuarangisaurus is in distress – and her young calf can sense it – as she travels waters that are home to the ocean’s deadliest predators.”
- Episode 2 – Deserts
“Above the deserts of North Africa, aerial combat ensues as male Barbaridactylus pterosaurs fight for the attention of females below.”
- Episode 3 – Freshwater
“With its feathered body and duck bull, the eight-ton Deinocheirus wades through an Asian wetland in search of relief from pesky biting flies.”
- Episode 4 – Ice Worlds
“Within the snow-covered forest, a tense standoff develops between ancient rivals: Pachyrhinosaurus and Nanuqsaurus.”
- Episode 5 – Forests
“A journey through an underground cave in North America turns perilous when a young Triceratops is separated from its mother.”
The CGI-heavy affair has been produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit with Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton serving as executive producers. The photorealistic visual effects have been accomplished in great part thanks to MPC, which was behind what we saw in Favreau’s The Jungle Book and The Lion King remakes.
As for the matter of a release date, Sir David Attenborough’s Prehistoric Planet will be available to stream on Apple TV+ from May 23rd to 27th – check out the trailer above.