The much bigger problem is the story. There isn't one. This movie is just a series of random scenes strung together by a "moral" to appear like things are actually progressing. I love movies that are just totally bizarre and weird, but this movie isn't surreal enough for me to enjoy it in that way. It also has way too much filler. Also, the cricket is really annoying. All he does is provide narration of things that are onscreen. Children aren't so stupid that they need to be told that there are things in front of them. Or maybe they were back in 1940? Either way, he is annoying and for the most part unnecessary.
In the end I don't have much to say about this movie. Its just a series of filler and nonsense. I like some of the musical sequences, but ultimately I was just bored watching this. I'd imagine that this movie would scare most children. I would only recommend this to hardcore fans of animations.
Honestly, if you're looking for a better version of Pinocchio, then watch the first two Shrek movies. I'm not even joking. Pinocchio is way more entertaining in those movies than in this one. I'm glad he's in the public domain.
Overall, I'd say that this is a pretty great story. The setting is interesting, and I like the animation. My only complaint is Julius. He's a terrible and useless character. I despise forced love interests, and he's one of the worst. I wouldn't have minded him as much if it wasn't for the cat constantly saying that they're in love when they have no chemistry. This could be blamed on the dub, but the two of them make out several times and end up getting married. Maybe in the original they don't hate each other and their "romance" actually makes sense, but maybe I'm just being optimistic.
I would recommend this movie.
My biggest complaint is the sound design. While the voice acting is all great, the sounds in this show leave a lot to be desired. At first its ok, but once you realize that every sound is a stock sound effect it gets really distracting. Every musical cue is something I've heard in countless other works already. That violin is the worst. If you've heard it, then you know what I'm talking about. It might sound like a small thing to some people, but the music can make or break a scene in some cases. I just finished binging the entire series, and I can't think of a single sound that stood out to me as being unique or interesting. For a whimsy fantasy story like this one, I feel like it could've benefited from a unique score. There are a lot of points where the background audio sounds like a stock phone ringtone or something.
I know I'm being a bit negative, but I still liked this show. It is flawed though.
I'm not really opposed to the animation, but its definitely dated. There's a lot of random continuity errors, and sometimes its hard to watch. Ironically its one of the stronger aspects.
Its kind of annoying how the magic and stuff is never really explained. I watched the movie and I have no idea what the Book of Peace is or what it does. I think its supposed to be a mcguffin, but how am I supposed to feel any tension if the stakes are so poorly explained.
Another complaint I have for this movie is how none of the "character development" feels earned at all. Whenever a character "changes" it feels like its only happening because we've arrived at the part of the movie where that kind of things happening. everything the characters go through it just a cliche and its very cringeworthy. This movie was too short and the script really needed to be smoothed out A LOT.
I don't have much more to say about this movie other than its kind of dumb and forgettable. I will say this though - it is full of cliches. If there is any point in the movie where you think you can predict exactly what is about to happen, chances are good that it will then happen.
The more I think about this movie, the madder I get so I'm just going to stop.
On its own though, I'd say that this movie is pretty good. The beginning is a bit messy, but once it gets everything sorted out, the overall story is good. The animation is pretty great, along with the voice acting and characters. This movie as a whole isn't great, but it has a lot of redeeming qualities and I would recommend it.