Prehistoric Planet Sees Natural History Legend David Attenborough Collaborates With Hollywood Director Jon Favreau
The prehistoric planet takes viewers back 66 million years when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Using the latest animation technology, the series brings dinosaurs back to life, and shows how they would have interacted with their environment.
Jon Favreau, who has served as executive producer on The Mandalorian and several Marvel projects including all four Avengers films, has gone from science fiction to science fact with this latest series.
What does a prehistoric planet orbit about?
The prehistoric planet was described as Planet Earth 66 million years ago – and the program follows the same format as the previous Attenborough Project.
Each episode deals with a different habitat, from coastlines, to deserts, to frozen forests, and imagines how different types of dinosaurs will fight to survive.
David Attenborough narrates the actions of the dinosaurs in each episode, which is based on the latest scientific understanding of the behaviors of each creature.
While dinosaurs are animated, the series is shot like other nature documentaries from a hidden camera perspective as if dinosaurs are really being observed.
On a behind-the-scenes press tour, Executive Producer, Jon Favreau, said: “We’ve only been on the planet for a million years, but dinosaurs have been around for 100 million years only in this period.
Continents moved and changed with the presence of dinosaurs on the planet. There are many different areas to explore here.”
How were dinosaurs formed in the prehistoric planet?
The series used hyper-realistic computer imaging to render images of the dinosaurs more realistic than anything seen on TV or film before.
“We could never have shown animals with feathers like this 15 or 20 years ago,” Favreau said.
“Jurassic Park, my first and one of the best CGI uses for my money, were dealing with scales and skin, and that took all their processing perspective.
“Well now we can make fur, we can make feathers – there is so much available to us from the point of view of feasibility that research and our imaginations are really the only limitations.”
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that every time there’s a new technology everybody wants to show dinosaurs,” he added.
“The first time they stopped the motion was the first time they did CGI. This has fascinated storytellers and humanity since the original discovery of dinosaurs.”
Deinocheirus is one of the feathered dinosaurs that appeared on the prehistoric planet, and is shown to struggle with flies invading its shell.
The huge creature is shown scratching itself with its huge claws before rubbing itself with a tree trunk to relieve the itch.
In addition to using advanced CGI technology, the series also relied on the knowledge of prehistoric experts to ensure the accuracy of prehistoric dinosaur design.
Dr Darren Naish, a paleontologist who worked alongside the producers on the series, said: “This is the first time a TV series or movie about prehistoric life has had a full-time presence with a technically qualified paleontologist.
“It was important to get this engagement and as a result see the best possible picture of our scientific understanding of these animals.”
Favreau said that none of the animations were “made for flash” and that all animation options were “set in the flag”.
What is the launch date of the prehistoric planet?
The first episode of the five-part series will premiere on Apple TV+ on May 23.
The following episodes will be released over the next four nights, with the final show ending on May 27.