Disney fans shocked to find out about live-action 'Pinocchio' after Oscar nomination: 'It will haunt my dreams'

The live-action Pinocchio was nominated in the categories of 'Best Costume Design' and 'Best Makeup and Hairstyling' at the 93rd Academy Awards

                            Disney fans shocked to find out about live-action 'Pinocchio' after Oscar nomination: 'It will haunt my dreams'
A still from the live-action Pinocchio movie (Twitter/Josh Billinson)

Many Disney Fans was in for a shock while watching the Oscars 2021 award ceremony after the live-action 'Pinocchio' movie was announced as a nominee in the 'Best Costume Design' and 'Best Makeup and Hairstyling' award. As it turned out, many fans were completely unaware that a live-action 'Pinocchio' movie had been made and was first released in Italy in December 2019.

However, social media users did not seem very impressed by the representation of Pinocchio and other iconic characters in the live-action adaptation. More than the initial shock of discovering its existence, Twitterati was soon overwhelmed by the stills from the movie, which they dubbed as 'nightmare fuel'. 


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All you need to know about live-action 'Pinocchio'

Directed and co-produced by Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone, the fantasy film is based on the 1883 classic novel 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' by Carlo Collodi. 

The movie stars Oscar-winning actor Roberto Benigni of 'Life Is Beautiful' fame as Pinocchio's maker Mister Geppetto. Interestingly, this is the second Pinocchio feature film adaptation starring Benigni, who played the titular role in the 2002 movie 'Pinocchio'. At that time, the movie was nominated for multiple Razzie awards. 

The live-action 'Pinocchio' is considered a far better attempt from the perspective of filmmaking and storytelling. With an ensemble cast from the Italian film industry, the movie also stars child actor Federico Lelapi as Pinocchio, Gigi Proietti as Mangiafuoco, Rocco Papaleo and Massimo Ceccherini as the Cat and the Fox, and Marine Vacth as the adult Fairy with Turquoise Hair.

The movie was nominated in the Best Makeup category for the Oscars since the looks were created through prosthetic make-up rather than CGI.

'It will haunt my dreams'

Twitter users who just discovered about the live-action 'Pinocchio' movie were not quite impressed, to say the least. "Just found out they made a live-action Pinocchio movie this year and it will haunt my dreams," tweeted Josh Billinson.

One user summed up everyone's thoughts, "so we were all stuck at home with the lockdown and no one knew about the pinocchio movie ? #Oscars2021 #Oscars"

"omg yes people are finally noticing the live action Pinocchio movie from last year, the makeup designs from this film changed my LIFE and I haven’t even watched it yet," joked another user. One user shared a screengrab of a bizarre-looking fish from the movie, saying, "I see that the new Pinocchio is trending so all I have to offer is this fish from the movie. Thank You."






Meanwhile, another animated Pinocchio movie is all set to be produced by Disney which will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It will be the first animated feature film for Toro which will tell the classic Carlo Collodi tale with a twist. 'Pinocchio' will be set during the rise of fascism in Benito Mussolini’s Italy.

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