Genndy Tartakovsky’s new adult series, Primal, is receiving a limited seven-day run at the Downtown Independent LA (251 S. Main St.) from September 20-26th.

The theatrical release will come ahead of its Adult Swim debut on October 7. It’s not clear whether the entire series is being shown or if a theatrical cut of certain episodes has been made.


Could the theatrical version of Primal make an Oscar run?

It’s a real possibility, though it’s not clear if Adult Swim, a subsidiary or Warnermedia, will run the feature version of Primal for the Academy Awards. However, the format of this theatrical run — public exhibition in Los Angeles County for at least seven consecutive days, with at least three daily screenings — meets the qualification requirements for the Oscars. Adult Swim previously submitted Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for the Academy Awards.


What is Primal about?

Primal follows a caveman at the dawn of evolution as he forms an unlikely friendship with an almost extinct dinosaur. After bonding over unfortunate tragedies, they seem to become each other’s only hope of survival against a common enemy.


Who’s behind Primal?

Primal was created by Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Hotel Transylvania series, Samurai Jack) with art direction from Scott Wills (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack) and music composition from Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Samurai Jack).

Tartakovsky, 49, last worked with Adult Swim on Samurai Jack, which was revived for its final season in 2017.


When is it showing?

Here are screening times for the run at the Downtown Independent:

Friday, 9/20 3:15 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:45 PM
Saturday, 9/21 12:45 PM, 9:30 PM, 11:15 PM
Sunday, 9/22 6:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 9:30 PM
Monday, 9/23 4:15 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:45 PM
Tuesday, 9/24 2:20 PM, 6:15 PM, 9:45 PM
Wednesday, 9/25 6:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 9:30 PM
Thursday, 9/26 1:30 PM, 3:15 PM, 9:45 PM

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