David Attenborough has dedicated his life to nature preservation, lending his mellifluous voice to some of the most stunning nature footage ever captured and raising awareness of our rapidly changing ecosystem. But his latest docu-series isn’t about saving the animal kingdom, because it focuses on animals long past saving.
Yes, Prehistoric Planet is probably the first series of its kind — a speculative nature documentary that uses archeological research and cutting edge CGI to help us observe what the time of the dinosaurs might have looked like. Judging by the teaser, it’ll be pretty fun. Unlike most modern CGI dinos, Prehistoric Planet will coat many of its creatures in a fresh plumage of feathers, following the beliefs of many modern archeologists that dinosaurs were not exclusively coated in rough green ridges. That might throw off some of your childhood ideas about what the stegosaurus looked like, but it’s also a fresh deviation from the Jurassic Park model that helps these designs look fresh and — potentially — more accurate.
And in this First Look, you can also see more of the innovative mix of actual footage and real animals with some dinosaurs. The team’s attention to detail is pretty transportive — as is the score from the one, the only Hans Zimmer. It’s being produced by Jon Favreau and will premiere on May 23.