You guys are absolutely insane, this film easily surpasses Snow White in every single aspect. And now I'll get on to a standard review.
Walt Disney's second film, Pinocchio, is worlds above and beyond the abysmal effort that was Snow White, and the reason for this all boils down to personality and heart, all of which is established early on in a manner similar to Snow White, through the use of a story book sequence, but the audience is, instead of text imposed on the screen, given Jiminy Cricket detailing what is to come as he opens the book, tossing in a joke every so often. We may be in story book land, but at least we are also in movie land as well. The introduction to Geppetto and his pets is well done enough, and while his character is a little under developed, simply established by a quick mention by the Blue Fairy that "He has been so kind to others that he must have a wish" as a way of advancing the plot, he does not really play much of a role in the film any how and his dedication, albeit a bit creepy, is genuine. Pinocchio is pretty interesting as well, taking the blank slate that Snow White served as and injecting a child like whimsy that is believable given his circumstances and makes for a fairly compelling character when he is on screen. Pinocchio is naive, and at times foolish, but it is all in character and believable, which is good. And of course there is Jiminy Cricket who provides playful dialogue while serving the role of pseudo-narrator without overtly drawing attention to the device. The story is a bit simplistic, and the idea that Pinocchio really wants to be a real boy does kind of get pushed to the back burner the clear moral story that goes one makes the chunks all blend coherently as Pinocchio continues to grow, so the film does not really slow down and some sort of plot, mostly subplot, is advanced during this time. The whole film is beautiful to look at too, no scenes stand out as much as the high points of Snow White, though the underwater sequence, first clock sequence, and transformation sequence are all stunning. As a whole though the film is considerably more varied and much more pleasing throughout, and the transformation sequence does rival the Queen's from Snow White. The dark tones are a great touch too and I'm considering picking up the Blu-Ray/DVD re-release just to make sure that nothing is messed with, such as the gun early on and the children smoking and drinking during the Pleasure Island portion. I also really enjoyed the presentation of Honest John and his cohort as they immediately made me think of the King and the Duke from Huck Finn, and they continued to remind me of the two throughout the film. The magic bottle is kind of a weak device and the film is far from perfect, but the songs are developed, and when the words are not there we don't get the constant droning on of 'da-da' or 'heigh-hos' that Snow White had, rather allowing the film to simply move on when the song writer wanted to stop rather than prolonging the film's advancement simply to flex some animation muscles. So yeah, thank God for Pinocchio because it really was a complete turn around from Snow White. It's not insanely complex, though there is depth here, and most importantly it works as a fairy tale/fable and as a film.
B+/A- or 4.2148923473265
Currently in the marathon the rankings go as...
2. Snow White
Pinocchio also achieves a 13.3 out of 17, with 0 being my memory of a specific Disney film that will be discussed at some point in the near future, 8 being my recollection of another specific film in this marathon that will be revealed when it has been watched, and 17 representing how great Hercules is based on my most recent watching, which was likely over the summer, or winter break maybe.