I have seen this move some 2 decades ago on TV. That would be around 1998 to 2003.

It was live-action (real people, not animated).

I vaguely remember the theme to be that of some pseudo-Greek-mythology setting.

The movie might have played in a version of Atlantis.

The theme was clearly fantasy.

The hero character tried to escape from the island (or city) where it was set.

There were more people that the hero tried to save / wanted to be saved.

These people would slowly turn into animals over time while working themselves to death.

I think there was an upper class of people or similar that suppressed the others.

There probably was a romance subplot.

I wish I could be more precise, but that is one of the many movies I've seen on TV as a kid. And while I can clearly remember titles such as Jason & the Argonauts, there's lots of movies I only remember snippets.

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    Probably not Pleasure Island in Disney's Pinocchio....
    – Spencer
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 20:26
  • @Spencer no, but that is a good point. Real people.
    – dot_Sp0T
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 20:31
  • Well, most of the donkeys used to be real people.
    – Spencer
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 20:40
  • The island of Dr. Moreau comes to mind, perhaps the one from 1996, but only because of the "people turning into animals" part. I'm not sure about the rest of your details.
    – adcoon
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 21:02

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"Atlantis the Lost Continent"(1961)?

It was set in Atlantis, had upper class people exploiting the lower class, and men being turned into animals to be used as slave labourers. You can see the men being turned into animals at 2 minutes in the trailer below.

  • Amazing! All the memories this brings up :D
    – dot_Sp0T
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 7:17

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