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Cool World (1992)



Critic Consensus: Cool World throws a small handful of visual sparks, but they aren't enough to distract from the screenplay's thin characters and scattered plot.

Movie Info

This mixture of live action and animation tells the story of an edgy comic book artist who crosses the line into his own cartoon universe. There he encounters sexy femme fatale Holli Would, whose attempts to seduce him could have grave consequences for both the animated and the "real" world.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language and sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Grais, Mark Victor, Larry Gross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2003
Paramount Home Video


Kim Basinger
as Holli Would
Gabriel Byrne
as Jack Deebs
Brad Pitt
as Det. Frank Harris
Michele Abrams
as Jennifer Malley
Deirdre O'Connell
as Isabelle Malley
Stephen Worth
as Store Patron
Murray Podwal
as Store Patron
Jenine Jennings
as Craps Bunny
Candy Milo
as Bob/Lonette
Maurice LaMarche
as Interrogator/Doc Whi...
Joey Camen
as Interrogator/Slash/H...
Lamont Jackson
as Lucky's Bouncer
Gary Friedkin
as Animation Performanc...
Big Yank
as Plaza Bouncer
Clare Hoak
as Animation Performanc...
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Critic Reviews for Cool World

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (11)

A few of Bakshi`s inventions, such as a rattled telephone that panics every time it rings, are amusing and well animated, but most of the characters are grating and dislikable.

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic.

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Watching Byrne, Basinger and Pitt struggle to bring verisimilitude to this cockeyed business is painful. And watching the parade of ricocheting doodles is just headache-inducing.

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The plot is too sketchy to provide much of a framework, and the only logic here is the logic of fevered daydreams. Yet, in spurts, the movie's enjoyable.

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Bakshi's world is typically subversive, anti-nostalgic and, at times, a brilliantly conceived grafting of two and three dimensions. Unfortunately, its ingenuity matrix seems to have short-circuited.

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

After the painstaking technical bravado of Roger Rabbit, it's no longer possible to get away with scenes in which a cartoon has obviously just been pasted onto an actor's wooden movements.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cool World

Without any of the charm or iconic imagery of its obvious predecessor "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," this film is ugly and dark in all the wrong ways. The director originally wanted something darker, akin to Frank Miller's "Sin City," but was stonewalled into creating a more family friendly venture. What emerged was not only; not family friendly, but was disgusting and gross. The characters are supposed to be outliers who are dangerous and violent, but they're just idiotic stereotypes. The animation in this is horrible, bordering on amateur. The characters engage in all the insane antics of a Warner Bros. cartoon without the charm of a Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck. The plot doesn't connect very well, and often relies on stupid logic. The ending especially doesn't make much sense, and the logic to get to it boggles the mind. The main drag is the reliance on three dimensional actors in a two dimensional space, which the set designers get around by creating two dimensional sets that often make it obvious that they don't possess the technology to meld these two mediums. It's just a tragically dull film that tries to make animation into an art, but instead makes you gag.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Phil Hubbs

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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