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Cool World

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In 1945 Las Vegas, World War II veteran Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) is transported to an animated realm named the "Cool World", a hellish, twisted city of surreal landscapes and random cartoon violence, following a traffic collision with a drunk driver. Forty-seven years later, detained cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) creates a comic strip named Cool World, which features the femme fatale Holli Would (voiced by Kim Basinger). Holli voices her desire to enter the real world, but is declined help from Frank, who is now a detective in the Cool World. After being released from prison, Jack is transported to the Cool World and is smuggled into a club by Holli. Frank becomes aware of Jack's presence in the Cool World and aggressively confronts him, informing him that Cool World has existed long before Jack created the comic series and warns him that "noids", humans from the real world, are not allowed to have sex with "doodles", the inhabitants of the Cool World. Holli brings Jack back into the Cool World and the two have sex, causing Holli to transform into a human.Free upgrade to first class mail.

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When ex-con cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) was behind bars he found escape by creating "Cool World," a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous vixen named Holli Would.

But the 'toonsmith becomes a prisoner of his own fantasies when Holli pulls jack into Cool World with a scheme to seduce him and bring herself to life. A hard-boiled detective (Brad Pitt)--the only other human in Cool World--cautions Jack with the law: 'Noids (humans) don't have sex with doodles (cartoons).

The flesh proves weaker than ink, however, as Holli takes human form (Kim Basinger) in Las Vegas, staring in a trans-universal chase that threatens the destruction of both worlds.

With a splashy mix of animation and live-action sequences, "Cool World" delivers the hottest action around. END

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt, Michele Abrams, Deirdre O'Connell
  • Directors: Ralph Bakshi
  • Writers: Mark Victor, Michael Grais
  • Producers: Frank Mancuso Jr., Vikki Williams
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Live, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cool World" on IMDb

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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By JC on June 23, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I can understand everyone else's opinions about this movie...
true, the script was a little messy...true the animation interaction with live action was quickly done...but all that is beside the greatness of this film, this movie remains one of my favorite movies of all time. WHY?
Because this movie is much more than what it is...obviously there are hidden messages/images in this film...especially in the ending when Holli picks up the "spike" on top of the tower in the real Las Vegas. The title "Cool World" is meant to be a sarcastic quotation. Holli seems to portray evil in the most appealing way. There is a lot of evil going on in the backround and foreground in this film throughout. Temptation (I believe) is the main subject, but there are other subjects tackled in the movie as well.
If you have only seen this movie deserves a second look...and if you still don't get the message, then I can only say that "Cool World" is a reflection of who people really are, and it is ironic that so many people seem to hate this film. You simply cannot compare this to "Who Framed..." that film was a typical disney flick...Cool World is a satire of our society.
Kim Basinger's cocky acting as the real Holli, was done on purpose (I believe). Because it shows what would happen when you take someone such as a cartoon charater out of it's own environment. Kim Basinger pulled that off really well, she was supposed to appear more animated then the doodle Holli.
I don't even believe Holli is really a doodle...and if she is then obviously she may be the 'demon' of Cool World, besides all she does is use people throughout this picture...and whenever she is around...evil is in full effect...and when she's put in her place at the end...Cool World's scenery has changed a bit.
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Bartz on December 31, 2003
Format: DVD
You cannot judge this movie by conventional standards. This is not meant to be Roger Rabbit for adults, it is not meant to be Citizen Kane, it is not meant to be Wierd Science. It is meant to be a completely different genre all by itself, and must be judged as such.
This movie scares me. Not in the sense of "it scares me that anyone would make a movie this bad," but more in the Blair Witch Project kind of scary. What it lacks in plot and scripting, it makes up for in atmosphere and creepiness. The "wooden nickels" scene is an example of this; some guy throws a handful of wooden nickels to some innocent kids, and the nickels proceed to open their mouths and devour the unsuspecting children. It's this kind of random, disturbing event that makes Cool World worth watching. This is a wierd movie for when you need to go on a major acid trip but you don't want to actually put drugs into your system. It is the movie to watch when you want to leave all reality and morality behind and think about what could happen if we could interact with cartoon characters in a cartoon world that, unlike the "toontown" of Roger Rabbit, resembles our own world much more closely than we'd like to think.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ruth C. Abreu on June 15, 2005
Format: DVD
I'll tell ya... if I read one more review written by someone born after 1980 dissing Bakshi, I think I'm going to start kicking rump and taking names. Do people diss Disney? Hardly, until they became such a movie mill that they are computer generating what used to be created by hand with a loving touch.

Look at "Cool World" as the AntiToonworld of "Roger Rabbit". The characters are psychedelic, psychotic, retro and bent. There is a great deal of (expected) sexuality and lewdness, pushing the edge of the PG-13 as far as it can go. Lots of puns and inside jokes it takes an adult to appreciate, something Warner Bros. cartoons were masters at. Granted, they don't always hit the mark here, and there's more chemistry when the Doodles are on than when the Noids take over.

But I dare anyone to watch that scene with Holli cooing "Let's Make Love" to a sweating Mel Torme wannabe while she's having trouble keeping her Noidness intact and not feel the simulataneous urge to salivate and giggle. The transformation of Noids to Doodles when the wand is removed is humorous... a lounge lizard literally becomes one, a cowboy becomes a horse, a female lead a blank eyed Orphan Annie.

The end cap, where Byrne's character becomes a dim witted but sincere superhero, is happily reminiscent of Captain Sternn from "Heavy Metal".

Yes, the acting is practically phoned in. Yes, the plot is odd. But get over it, folks, it's adult animation, and it's entertaining. I watch it again and again... and I always laugh.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald M. Saito on November 13, 2003
Format: DVD
Well, the reviews certainly run the gamut with this one! I personally very much enjoy seeing this film, and continue to do so, whenever it comes on cable. It's not on my top-ten list of DVDs to get, but I'll certainly put it on my "Wish List." I'm not saying so much that this is a "truly great film," nor am I agreeing with the "complete waste of time," crowd, either. I just find it interesting at how quickly people make their declarations and seem to expect that everyone who disagrees with them are some kind of lower form of life, and if you don't want to be like *that*, then you'd better agree with them, post haste. I happen to have a pretty loose sense of humor, and am a bit of a letch (come on - who really isn't - deep down), and so this type of material appeals to me. If you're more the conservative, Christian Coalation, family values, Disney-type, then we can expect more severe opinions from you with regard to this movie, and that's okay, too. I'll make you a deal: I won't force you to watch it, if you don't try to prevent me from liking it. How's that?
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