I’m trying to remember a movie that was circus based where I think animals were turned into people.

They couldn’t leave as they would die. The ringmaster did it with magic eye things(?)

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    Can you describe some more detail? Maybe add in when you saw the film? Whether it had a cinematic release? What language it was in? Any possible actors? – Edlothiad Apr 19 at 10:37
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    Seen within the last 5 years I think. Quite a dark movie I’m pretty sure kids saw it at the movies but they are older so not a little kid movie. English – Helen Cole Apr 19 at 10:40
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    And did he turn people into animals, as per the title, or animals into people as per the text? – FuzzyBoots Apr 19 at 13:48

You might be thinking of We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. There are some time-traveling dinosaurs who manage to befriend a pair of children. These children, a boy and a girl, fall into the clutches of one Dr. Screweyes, who runs a creepy circus, and turns them into chimpanzees (y'know, for evil!).

Does this image jog your memory at all? enter image description here

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    This sounds like a good match. Doesn't Dr. Screweyes have an evil eye too that he hypnotizes his victims with before he transforms them with pills. – Bjorn Eriksson Apr 19 at 17:23
  • I think so, but this movie traumatized me badly as a child, and googling images makes me feel slightly ill. – Adele C Apr 20 at 4:01

It might be the movie Animal Crackers (2017)

It takes place at a circus and some of the performers are humans transformed to animals. They can leave the circus, but they need to eat a human biscuit from the box that transformed them or they remain animals forever. The magic is not performed with a magic eye but with magic animal-shaped biscuits. Otherwise it seems to be a match.

Some main characters with the magic biscuits

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