Animals never before seen on screen are created via visual effects in season two of Apple TV Plus’ Prehistoric Planet, which starts streaming May 22.
The season reveals five new habitats in the Cretaceous period, including a volcanic region known as the Deccan Traps in India; marshlands in Madagascar, deep oceans near North America and more. It also reveals several new dinosaurs that have recently been discovered, including Isisaurus, a long-necked plant-eating dinosaur that lived and laid eggs in volcanic-heated terrain; Pectinodon, a North American feathered dinosaur; Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx – the biggest creatures to ever fly; and Madagascar’s Beelzebufo, a giant Cretaceous frog with a bite comparable to a modern-day tiger. Other featured creators are Tarchia, who were herbivores but also formidable fighters, and Mosasuraus, a 55-foot aquatic lizard able to accelerate through the water at incredible speeds to snatch prey. The series also features early mammals, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and frogs.
Apple TV Plus is also launching a four-part official companion podcast on May 8. Episode one features executive producer Mike Gunton talking to fellow EP Jon Favreau, with additional episodes debuting each Monday through May 29. Besides Favreau, Gunton will talk to paleontologists, animators and others as they reveal how the series was brought to life.
Prehistoric Planet 2 is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and executive produced by Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton. BBC Studios Natural History Unit produces with support from MPC and concept art created by Jellyfish Pictures. Hans Zimmer, Anže Rozman and Kara Talve from Bleeding Fingers Music composed the score.