Apple TV+ highly anticipated natural history event series “Prehistoric Planet,” from executive producers Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton, and BBC Studios Natural History Unit (“Planet Earth”), and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Set to debut globally on Apple TV+ from Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, the five-episode groundbreaking series will transport viewers 66 million years in the past to discover our world — and the dinosaurs that roamed it — all in stunning detail and set to an original score by multiple Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer.
Rolling out with one new episode per day, “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. This series is produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit with support from the photorealistic visual effects of MPC (“The Lion King,” “The Jungle Book”).
“Prehistoric Planet” 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.
New insight into the Tyrannosaurus rex species – they could swim!
While they were mostly land-living there is fossil evidence to suggest that these massive (13 meters long and tipping the scales at 10 tons) dinosaurs would have been competent swimmers using a powerful kicking motion to propel them across large bodies of water.
Two new species of Tyrannosaur, never before seen on screen:
Qianzhousaurus, sometimes known as ‘Pinocchio rex’ because of their long snouts. These new tyrannosaurs were newly discovered in the last decade in Eastern China.
Nanuqsaurus, a small tyrannosaur (around 6 meters) built for life in the polar north, we see them here covered in insulated feathers to help them survive the winter in prehistoric Alaska. They were thought to be extremely intelligent and capable of hunting in groups.
Accurate representations of Velociraptor in more detail – fully feathered and much smaller in size than previously imagined – similar to an adult wild turkey!
This makes them no less fearsome and we are shown a detailed look at their extended claws.
“Prehistoric Planet” is produced for Apple TV+ by BBC Studios. Executive producers are Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton. Theme by Hans Zimmer and Andrew Christie for Bleeding Fingers Music. Original score by Zimmer, Anze Rozman and Kara Talve for Bleeding Fingers Music.
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