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Cool World (1992)

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A comic strip femme fatale seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

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Ralph Bakshi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Holli Would
Gabriel Byrne ... Jack Deebs
Brad Pitt ... Detective Frank Harris
Michele Abrams ... Jennifer Malley
Deirdre O'Connell ... Isabelle Malley
Janni Brenn Janni Brenn ... Agatha Rose Harris (as Janni Brenn-Lowen)
William Frankfather ... Cop
Greg Collins ... Cop
Maurice LaMarche ... Interrogator #2 / Mash / drunken bar patron / Dr. Vincent "Vegas Vinnie" Whiskers / Jack Deebs (super hero version) (voice)
Joey Camen ... Interrogator #1 / Slash / Holli's door (voice)
Michael David Lally ... Sparks (voice)
Carrie Hamilton Carrie Hamilton ... Comic Bookstore Cashier
Stephen Worth Stephen Worth ... Bash (performance model) / Comic Store Patron
Murray Podwal Murray Podwal ... Store Patron
Jenine Jennings Jenine Jennings ... Holli Would / Lonette (performance model) / Craps Bunny (voice)
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Storyline

When cartoonist Jack Deebs was behind bars, he found escape by creating "Cool World", a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous femme fatale named Holli Would. But the cartoonist becomes a prisoner of his own fantasies when Holli transports Jack into Cool World with a scheme to seduce him and bring herself to life. A hard-boiled detective--the only other human in Cool World--cautions Jack with the law: Noids (humans) don't have sex with doodles (cartoons). However, the flesh proves weaker than ink as Holli takes human form in Las Vegas, staring in a trans-universal chase that threatens the destruction of both worlds. With a splashy combination of animation and live-action sequences, "Cool World" delivers the hottest action around. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Holli Would if she could ...and she will See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool World: Una rubia entre dos mundos See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,110,600
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song, "Disappointed" by Electronic, appeared on the film's soundtrack before this appeared on any of the band's own albums. In 2006, this was finally released on the band's compilation album, "Get the Message - The Best of Electronic". See more »

Goofs

When Frank is examining the crime scene of Nails' 'murder', there is a chalk outline of Nail's body on the ground. However, Holli 'inked' Nails and sucked him into a fountain pen, so there would have been no body to draw an outline around. See more »

Quotes

Frank Harris: Baby, you and me, I can't have that in the real world. I can't live without you. But I can't be with you. What do you do, huh? What do you do?
Lonette: Well, we're just going to have to pretend, then, aren't we?
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Alternate Versions

When shown on the sci-fi channel, the following scenes have been cut:
  • When sparks encounters doodle children in the alley he releases little coins with fangs that attacks them, they only show him say "I hate it when she meets guys without telling me".
  • While being chased by the popper police, Slash (the baby-like doodle) urinates on them: they only show the popper police get hit by the train
  • While waiting for the doodle telephone to get to Frank, Nails bites into his desk
  • The sex scene between Holli Would and Jack Deebs has been altered and some footage has been deleted
  • After Nails was "penned' by Holli, Frank encounters Sparks and knocks his french fries out of his hand, Sparks responded with "now you can buy me more fries, dick-head", but it was changed to "now you can buy me more fries pinhead"
  • At the end, Holli's "pencildick" remark is deleted.
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Connections

Spoofs Bambi (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Witch
by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy
Performed by The Cult
Produced by Rick Rubin
The Cult performs courtesy of Beggars Banquet/Sire Records
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A story that focuses on the wrong characters

I've always been a fan of real people being on camera with cartoon characters. Either living in the same or different universes, the concept is fun to think and imagine about. But of course, there has to be professional work involved. And the problem with Cool World is that much of it looks unpolished. There are other examples before and after this that show animation can look really slick. The best role model would be Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), then comes others like Space Jam (1996) and Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003). There's no dimension between what's real and cartoons; everything is 2D.

Even more surprising is how uninteresting the cartoon characters look. The only two characters that make themselves the attention grabbers are the curvaceous Holli Would played by Kim Basinger, and Lonette voiced by Candi Milo. The rest of the characters are eye soars. It's weird too because Holli Would and Lonette are the only too human-like characters that are in the universe of Cool World. Every thing else are animal-like creatures that have perverted minds. Plus that doesn't make them very funny.

The main plot is the creator of Cool World, Jack Deebs, acted by Gabriel Byrne, is dragged into the universe he created. The reason for being pulled into Cool World is that his favorite creation, Holli Would, wants to become human. But the only way she can become human is by having sex with another human,...or as they call it in Cool World, a "Noid". And the person who polices this crime is Detective Frank Harris, played by Brad Pitt. All these actors do their jobs but nothing is done to make them stand out from other movies.

There were a couple things I did like but I didn't get enough of. I enjoyed the musical score produced Mark Isham. Much of it is jazzy with the saxophone always resounding in the background. I also felt more of an attraction to the personal connection between Harris and Lonette. Whenever they were on screen together, I wanted to see more between them than just arguments about how Harris being careless at his job. These two characters had potential and director Ralph Bakshi had minimal work done for them. Very disappointing.

Lastly, it's very difficult to figure out who's the protagonist and antagonist in this story. At first, it feels like Holli Would is the innocent one and Harris is holding her back. And then the end of the film switches the roles. And it's also mentioned at the end of the film that Harris is the hero yet Byrne's character was the hero and was never thanked. For writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor, I don't understand how any of this made sense. I was hoping to get a different experience but all I got was unpleasantness.

The characterizations are confusing and the animation is sloppy. The only parts that stand out are Isham's music and the relationship between Harris and Lonette.


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