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Prehistoric Planet: Guide to these Cretaceous Creatures

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Life indeed does find a way.. as Apple TV+ showcases a documentary event that travels back 66 million years to a dominion when these extraordinary creatures roamed the lands, seas, and skies.  The wonders of our world are brought to life like never before. 

Dinosaurs continue to spark the imagination in all of us and with new updated scientific research and the latest imaging technology we are able to bring these titans to life. Throughout this five-night event, you’ll see a different terrain showcasing these creatures in extraordinary climates whether it’s the swooping sky, coastal depths, deep-sea, Icecaps, desolate desert, or fresh forests. What I’ve witnessed is that throughout each episode all dinosaurs of every kind are facing the one common thing which is the struggle to survive. 

Prehistoric Planet which is now streaming on Apple TV+ teams up with the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the team behind many successful nature documentaries such as “Planet Earth” and The Moving Pictures Company’s visual effects team who’ve worked on Hollywood movies such as 2019’s “The Lion King”. this is all thanks to a great partnership between Mike Gunton, the BBC’s most senior natural history producer and Hollywood director Jon Favreau. Filming took place in real-world locations and the result is absolutely astonishing, as the scientifically accurate dinosaurs are brought to life and showcase behaviour in ways we’ve never seen before.

Prehistoric Planet is a feast for curious minds, it showcases one of the most exciting times in our world’s history which is a world populated by these extraordinary creatures. Some you may have never heard of but imagine flying reptiles the size of a giraffe soaring the skies, devil toads hopping around the marshlands and massive Dreadnoughtus march the desert. The series also brings to life many well-known dinosaurs such as Triceratops, Velociraptors, and Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the many marvels during the dinosaur dynasty. 

Transporting back 66 million years ago brings with it a combination of real and imaginary as Prehistoric Planet is a wildlife documentary that features the dramatic elements of struggle, conflict, life and death. The heart of the docu-series and what I witnessed is that you get a front-row seat to the greatest show on Earth set in the land of the dinosaurs. 

Prehistoric Planet is something spectacular and is populated by these magnificent prehistoric creatures. It’s a big breakthrough into understanding their behaviour, their anatomy, and their appearance, it’s truly something that must be believed to be seen. 

What kind of animals were they? what did they look like? and how did they live?. These are the questions that scientific research can now finally answer not just about Tyrannosaurus Rex but the other species that lived alongside it. And with dozens of dinosaurs featured throughout the five episodes, I’d like to tell you more about Prehistoric Planet’s new stars and some of my favourites.

DEINOCHEIRUS

Deinocheirus, with its feathered body and duck bill, the eight-ton creature wades through the Asian wetlands. first named in 1970, originally scientists only had a pair of arm bones with big, long claws. In 2014 new evidence revealed that Deinocheirus had a unique, large hump on its back supported by its back bones. Name meaning “terrible hand” Deinocheirus was a large omnivorous theropod. 

CARNOTAURUS

Carnotaurus meaning “carnivorous bull” is another large theropod. It’s known for its hollow bones and three-toed limbs and was discovered by Argentinian palaeontologist Joes Bonaparte in 1984. Their thick muscular neck and distinct horns sticking out of its eyes help identify the this creature which can get up to twenty-six feet in length which makes it a formidable predator. However Prehistoric Planet showcases these creatures in a whole new way as we witness a touching display as a Carnotaurus male puts on a courtship performance with only the smallest of arms, does he succeed in wowing the female well you’ll just have to tune into this epic five night event. 

MONONYKUS

Mononykus meaning “single claw” was a small theropod, measuring just around one metre in length. With long thin legs, shaggy featuring and small specialised forearms used for foraging. Mononykus also was very nimble which is very useful in the open desert plains. This desert expert patrols the vast lands to find enough food. As mentioned the long thin legs help to keep the body cool whilst its features form a shield protected it from the suns rays. super sense facial discs make her hypersensitive to sound which gives the Mononykus a mental map. Another skill this remarkable creature has is a flexible lounge, twice the length of her head as she uses her single claw to break into the tree bark and feast on termites. 

BARBARIDACTYLUS PTEROSAURS

Barbaridactylus Pterosaurs is a nyctosaurid pterosaur, a kind usually associated with coastal areas and hunting for fish. Originally discovered in Morocco, it uses its sixteen foot wingspan to swoop down and dive into oceans, snatching any fish swimming close to the surface. Meaning of name comes from the Barbary Coast of North Africa. 

NANUQSAURUS

Nanuqsaurus meaning “polar bear lizard`’ was built for life in the polar north regions,It was first described and named in 2014. This species is also related to Tyrannosaurus rex, however its about half the length as this Tyrannosaur grew to around six metres in length. They displayed powerful predatory skills. 

CORYTHORAPTOR

Corythoraptor meaning “crested thief” is an oviraptor newly discovered in 2017. Its part of a group of crested, toothless, and feathered dinosaurs that are equipped with parrot-like heads, this omnivore is similar to that of a  cassowary a relation also to the emu. Corythoraptor’s can reach approximately five feet tall as they had long legs and were very much likely to be fast runners. 

Prehistoric Planet will truly stand the test of time as this Revolutionary series documents the riveting journey each species goes through, which is thanks to new scientific research such as Phylogenetic bracketing. This technique looks to see where animals sit on the evolutionary tree of life and also seeing what creatures were alongside them, for instance a Tyrannosaurus has crocodilians on one side of the spectrum and the other you have modern birds. This helps understand the behaviours of each species and  their fossil records. 

Prehistoric Planet on Apple TV+ truly is a big breakthrough in showing what the world these dinosaurs lived in was like and the series breathes new life into some of the most misunderstood creatures that ever walked the earth. 

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Fly Me To The Moon | Official Trailer – Apple TV+

Marketing maven Kelly Jones wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as back-up.

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July 12, 2024

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Greg Berlanti

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Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Woody Harrelson

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Marketing maven Kelly Jones wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as back-up.

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Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock Season 2 | Let’s Radish and Roll

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This review was made possible by screeners for Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock Season Two which releases on Apple TV+ Friday, March 29th

Are you ready to Radish… Let’s all put on our Strawberry hats and dance the cares away, as Jim Henson’s fun-loving, musical Fraggles are back for season two. Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and POGEY! Alongside new Fraggle friends on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.

The highly-anticipated second season of the beloved classic series reunites these characters and unearths them once again for Season 2 streaming on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 29, 2024. The second season of Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock by The Jim Henson Company consists of 13 incredible and entertaining brand-new episodes that are fun and educational for the whole family alike, as each episode features an important lesson that the Fraggle Five learn and ultimately accept. Important topics covered in these episodes are about facing your fears, the importance of change and adapting to it, anxiety and distraction, differences of opinion, using the right words, and self-expression. Such as embracing your uniqueness, and showing that there is nothing wrong with who you are. as well as how to treat others no matter their size, Of course, all of this is combined with catchy music and dance numbers, as singing and dancing are what a Fraggle does best. Fraggles explore their feelings, work through problems, and grow their minds and bodies through music so when a song comes on they celebrate. Parents will be able to show their kids how to clap, walk and move to the beat and ultimately learn the rhythm. 

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Jim Henson’s fun-loving and musical Fraggles—Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Travelling Matt, appearing alongside new Fraggles and Doozers voiced by special guest stars, including Ariana DeBose (Mezzo), Brett Goldstein (Pryce), Catherine O’Hara (Leader), Daveed Diggs returning as Jamdolin, Adam Lambert (The Great Glitterini), and K-pop group Aespa—are back with more epic, fun, and zany adventures, this time with big changes affecting the Rock. The Fraggles, Doozers, and Gorgs are forced to confront their past and celebrate their interdependence as they move through challenges together with hope, silliness, and brand-new songs, all while dancing their cares away down at Fraggle Rock.

The addition of new Fraggle friends and special guest stars like the ones I’ve mentioned, such as Ariana DeBose, Brett Goldstein, and Catherine O’Hara, injects fresh energy into the series, adding new dimensions to the characters and their interactions. The voice talents shine through, breathing life into the colourful and vibrant world of Fraggle Rock.

All through the world of Fraggle Rock and the characters who inhabit the lands, ultimately, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock tells viewers that no two paths are the same, that we are not defined by our mistakes, and that if we all work together, no matter our differences, we can change the world.

Throughout season two of “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock”, each of the Fraggle Five characters goes through personal growth and development, thanks to the talented puppeteers who bring them to life. Gobo Fraggle, portrayed by John Tartaglia, continues to lead the group but struggles with the balance of leadership and power. Red Fraggle, portrayed by Karen Prell, learns the value of humility and teamwork. Mokey, portrayed by Donna Kimball, must confront her fears of letting go. Wembley, portrayed by Jordan Lockheart, discovers the importance of self-expression and self-identity. Boober, voiced by Dave Goelz and puppeteered by Frank Meschkuleit, must learn to embrace change and recognize the power of words. The fantastic puppeteers truly embody these characters and provide a deep connection that enhances the viewer’s experience.

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In season two, Uncle Traveling Matt’s return is highly anticipated as the Fraggles eagerly await his latest postcards and tales from his adventures in Outer Space. As each episode unfolds, we are entertained by Matt’s quirky observations and interactions with the strange beings he encounters. His use of Fraggle vocabulary adds a fun and playful element to his storytelling, making the audience laugh and appreciate the oddities of the Human world through Uncle Travelling Matt’s eyes. Matt’s return in season two brings a sense of excitement and wonder to the show, as we get to experience the unique perspective of this adventurous explorer and his amusing encounters with the unfamiliar.

We also get to see more from the Doozers who live amongst the Fraggles building and creating their infrastructure. Most Doozers are construction workers, while others are architects and miners. But I love that Cotterpin takes front and centre in this season providing such knowledge and insight that help the Fraggles confront the challenges they face. 

I’m also happy to say that we also get to spend more time with the family of Gorgs who live above Fraggle Rock. Junior Gorg (Voice and face by Dan Garza- body by Ben Durocher) is the son of Pa (voice and face by Frank Meschkuleit-body by Andy Hayward) and Ma Gorg (Voice and Face by Aymee Garcia-body by Ingrid Hansen), the self-acclaimed king, and queen. 

We also get to spend time again with Sprocket and Lili Cooper’s Doc whose messages and problem-solving especially what’s important to them mirror that of the Fraggles, whether that is climate change or food insecurity.

My belief is in the power of community and collective action. The Fraggles’ resilience and determination in the face of challenges struck a chord with me, reminding me that even in the darkest of times, there is always a way forward if we come together and work towards a common goal. Watching season 2 of “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” gave me hope and renewed my commitment to making positive change in the world. It reminded me that we are never truly alone, as long as we have each other to lean on and support us.

Jim Henson’s spirit and what he stood for truly shine throughout each of the thirteen episodes. Fraggle Rock wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the amazing puppeteers who have poured their heart and soul into creating this loveable series for the second time that will ultimately create a path for a new generation of dreamers. 

Puppetry especially the style Henson created has always held a special place in my heart. From the earliest memories of watching Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal and The Muppets, The skill and artistry involved in bringing puppets to life truly is awe-inspiring, and I’ve always been amazed by the way puppeteers can imbue these characters with so much personality and emotion. Watching John Tartaglia, Karen Prell, Donna Kimball, Jordan Lockhart, Frank Meschkuleit, and Dave Goelz alongside the many other incredible puppeteers who have my utmost respect bring the Fraggle Five and their friends to life is a truly magical experience, and I believe that the timeless appeal of puppetry is something that will never fade. Special mention must go to Kanja Chen who has made me fall in love with Pogey! 

Speaking of Tartaglia, As a long-time fan I couldn’t be more excited about his recent joining the Jim Henson Company in an official capacity as Creative Supervisor on Fraggle Rock. Tartaglia’s passion for Fraggle Rock and his deep understanding of what makes it special truly make him the perfect person to spearhead its evolution into a new frontier. His connection to the show, and the role it played in his childhood, gives him a unique perspective that will undoubtedly inform his vision for its future. 

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Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” is executive produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson, Halle Stanford and John Tartaglia, along with Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson. Co-executive producers are Dave Goelz and Karen Prell, and the executive music producer is Harvey Mason Jr. The new season is produced by Chris Plourde and co-produced by Tim O’Brien. The series is produced in association with New Regency with Arnon Milchan and Yariv Milchan executive producing.

Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock Season 2 premieres on AppleTV+ on Friday, March 29th.

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The Changeling | Official Trailer – Apple TV +

When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, he left his son a box of books and strange recurring dreams. Now Apollo is a father himself–and as he and his wife, Emma, settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. At first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression. But before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act and vanishes. Thus begins Apollo’s quest to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His odyssey takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.

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September 8, 2023

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LaKeith Stanfield, Amirah Vann,

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