Certainly, for many of us, animation was the first experience that made us love cinema. That’s why, regardless of the tastes that each moviegoer has developed over time, watching a timeless animated classic offers more than just a chance to unwind and fully immerse oneself; it evokes a nostalgic journey, rekindling the joy akin to a child captivated by the glow of the TV screen. Director Sammy Verni is aware of this, and so his short animation managed to win us over with its candour. ‘Low Down Larry Versus the Giant Reptile‘ thus offers us just a fragment of a larger project centred on a duo whose adventures defy the conventional rules of physics. Those who are new to these characters needn’t worry: this episode isn’t necessarily a snippet of a larger narrative, but it does provide the necessary ingredients to familiarize us with both the style and the stakes of the whole concept. In any case, the nostalgic viewers who enjoy this episode will recognize the patterns employed by the director, inspired by all those popular children’s series that use stop motion principles.


The story and concept, therefore, do not go beyond the classic structure of an animation intended mainly for a very young audience. Larry and Spike, the dog, travel back in time to bring a dinosaur to the present. But their adventure does not go according to plan, much to their surprise and our amusement.


Far from aiming to astonish with the originality of his approach, Sammy Verni is one of those directors for whom the cinematic language is a way of paying homage to genres that have marked his development. His initiative is as honest as it is welcome, and he manages to stay within the perimeter of a style that never goes out of fashion. Thus, his talent as an animator, the homogeneity of his fictional universe, and the narrative progression of the entire episode guarantee not necessarily the success of his project with a broad audience but the affirmation of a directorial vision with undeniable potential. For us, ‘Low Down Larry Versus the Giant Reptile’ remains a tender experience that we enjoyed and recommend to both genre enthusiasts and those who want to relive the awe with which they discovered the beauty of animation as children.