Is live action Pinocchio the biggest shock of Oscars 2021?

Pinocchio poster
He's a real boy - maybe too real (Image credit: Roadside Attractions)

With live-action versions of classic animations from Aladdin to The Lion King released in recent years, we were bound to get a human version of Pinocchio sooner rather than later. As it happens, we're getting two – Disney's is due in 2021, but it was beaten to it last year by director Matteo Garrone. And many are only just discovering Garrone's effort after last night's Oscars ceremony.

Nominated for for best makeup and hairstyling and best costume design, last year's Pinocchio is a far cry from your average cuddly Disney caper. Filled with creepy character design (human snails, men with dog's faces – that sort of thing), the CGI/live action combo has a decidedly uncanny valley quality – much to the terror of the internet.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.