Main Plot Points:
- Filmed for over a decade, Magical Universe is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88-year-old strange and reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art — mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas.
- The documentary profiles Carbee’s amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle, Magical Universe explores this unique artist’s story through the prism of his unlikely friendship with filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly becomes Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. Far beyond just a portrait of an eccentric, Magical Universe is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity, culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and a man.
What We Thought:
- Magical Universe is one of the most bizarre and odd documentaries I’ve seen in a long time.
- I honestly couldn’t tell if Al Carbee (the focus of the documentary) was nuts, bi-polar, a creepy old guy or just genuinely fascinated in Barbie dolls and art.
- The whole documentary is about Al, a man in Maine who has a house full of Barbie dolls that he builds sets for, photographs, has thousands of pictures of and other odd things.
- He created a hidden cave in his house for his art. He connected a barn to his house for his art. He had fish tanks full of guppies for some reason. He was just odd.
- Although what might be odder is this husband and wife who kept in touch with him, sent him video tapes and watched his. Sure the husband made a short film about Carbee that played some film festivals, but how do you keep going with it?
- I honestly don’t know what else to say about Magical Universe. It’s just odd. The whole story is odd. The man himself was odd.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Al Carbee
- Barbie Dolls
Recommended if You Like:
- Art Documentaries
- Bizarre People
- Odd Ways to Use Barbie Dolls