This documentary series got a lot of attention because the subjects are larger than life characters.
It’s got a carnival atmosphere, but it’s a sad and depressing carnival.
The series itself is a bit of a mess. It’s unclear what the director was aiming to say. Was it an expose on the works of exotic zoos? Was it a cautionary tale about the fruitless pursuit of fame? Was it a reflection on the deep and unquenchable need for attention that drives some people? It’s never clarified because the director was too caught up in the bizarre details.