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Cool World (1992)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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Four years after Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Ralph Bakshi tapped into the live action mixed with cell animated world in this adult-themed production telling the story of an edgy comic book artist who crosses the line into his own cartoon universe. The story begins with a prologue in postwar Las Vegas, where Vegas cop Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) is catapulted into the cartoon Cool World after crashing his motorcycle. The Cool World is a jive-animated parallel dimension created by animator Jack Deebs

Nov 11, 2003

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (32) | DVD (11)

A realm with precious little humor and zero pathos, to be admired only for its considerable technical achievements.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Even the eventual universe-shaking shag is an anti-climax, and by the time all hell rips loose just before the abysmally contrived happy ending, you're well past caring.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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What are the rules anyway?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A surprisingly incompetent film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (7)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Cool World isn't difficult to watch (there's too much insanity floating around to be bored), it's just impossible to digest, absent any grounded activities that could elevate the viewing experience past weirdo cartoon diarrhea.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source:

Bakshi has carved out a niche for himself directing mixes of animation and live action, but he's let down here by an unconvincing script and characters.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4


May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (6)
Empire Magazine

The doodles are thoroughly repulsive and, worse, unfunny.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

nice animation & design but - shudder

June 24, 2004

Critics often use the word 'incomprehensible' when referring to a poorly constructed movie, but nowhere is this assessment more accurate than in the case of Cool World.

April 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

Although director Ralph Bakshi's imagination is certainly present, Cool World is too full of itself to create any magic.

March 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Unfortunately, the film doesn't have much else to offer beyond narrative incoherence and bad acting.

January 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

One of my favorite movies that I didn't like.

January 21, 2004
Aisle Seat

Here's hoping cartoons and noir will meet again on another, more auspicious, day.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Both the live and animated characters are equally uninteresting.

September 18, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Wanted to be the next Roger Rabbit. Turned out to be a watered down 'Fritz the Cat.'

April 14, 2003 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

Occasionally hints at being something great that was hacked down to size in both budget and time.

December 30, 2002
New Times

A huge disappointment.

August 22, 2002 Full Review

Mommy! Mommy! Make the bad man stop!

July 26, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

There are a few clever little satires on other animated films and perhaps a good line or two, but the incoherent story just is not very interesting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

What Bakshi has come up with is merely a one-joke movie -- and it's a dirty joke.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Telling you that I liked Ralph Bakshi's Cool World a whole lot more than I expected to isn't really saying a whole lot for the movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Cool World

At first glance this just comes across as a more adult version of 'Roger Rabbit' and you'd be right basically. The plot is almost the same kind of thing involving a toon (they are called doodles) trying to get into the real world and then turn it into another toon world, pretty basic idea.

Bakshi tries again with animation but fails to capture anything of greatness here with this poor film, the film looks good in the animated world, background wise, but the actual animated characters all look horrible and badly designed. The animation of the characters is pretty shoddy looking and can't compare to 'Roger Rabbit' or any classic Warner Bros/Hanna Barbera toons, the only character that does move well is the femme fatale 'Holli'. Plus the live cast simply don't mix well with the animated characters, far too obvious.

The only bit of interest in the film is the fact that its slightly adult based and shows toons being 'killed', toons showing their butts, swearing a little, mild sexual references and the character 'Holli' shows quite a bit of ass n knickers throughout which we all wanted 'Jessica Rabbit' to do haha. Cast is wildly different in terms of skills, Pitt looks the part but simply can't act too well full stop, Basinger doesn't look anywhere near as good as her cartoon version lol! and she too can't act to save her life (not that hot either in my opinion) and Byrne is way too good for this kind of silliness and shows himself up really.

Mainly the animation gives it some appeal and it is somewhat of a cult, slightly, but falls well short of a decent film and makes little sense really.
October 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

I didn't expect much from this because of both the critics and audiences responses, but it was way worse than I thought. The only reason I was able to finish the movie was to see how it got worse. I like Brad Pitt but even he was enough to save the movie. I hated everything about. The concept to me is stupid. Brad Pitt is in a cartoon world keeping the cartoons from having sex with humans. It's like a cross between Roger Rabbit and Fritz the Cat.
June 28, 2011
Melvin White

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*NOTE: This review is only of the first 20 minutes of the film due to the fact that the reviewer almost shoved the TV remote through his neck after only watching that much.
BAD. BAD BAD BAD BAD BAAAAAAAAAAAAAD. There are no other words that can describe this. I know I didn't watch the whole thing, but I dare you to try and sit through this. I dare you, I really do. Then again, making it to the end of this catastrophe could be seen as masochism. If you're wondering why I haven't mentioned the plot yet, it's because it barely exists and what little there is makes no sense at all. This is Brad Pitt's worst film, without a shadow of a doubt. A cheap CHEAP Roger Rabbit knockoff with no redeeming qualities. In short: DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM.
May 15, 2011
Jacob Ethington

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I love Bakshi's work, his art always impresses me, and the animation in this film is no exception. The only problem with this movie was that it came so soon after Who Framed Roger Rabbit that everyone thinks he was trying to ride on the success of that movie. And it is kinda true, this movie is much more toned down from his past films, if it were more like Fritz it could have been amazing. Overall, I still enjoy this movie no matter what.
May 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Frank Harris: You're a wacka-do.
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