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Cool World (1992)

Gabriel Byrne , Kim Basinger , Ralph Bakshi  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cool World" on IMDb

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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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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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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subliminal 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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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frightening and disturbing December 31, 2003
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Real Cool World June 15, 2005
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let Holli Be Holli - And Me Be Me November 13, 2003
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This Is a movie that I could not find anywhere else. I love the way It combines animation with realworld. It has a decent story iine that you can follow. Its just a great movie!
Published 5 days ago by David Franklin Chastang
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow Brad Pitt
I saw this movie on a list that Brad Pitt has been in, I had never heard of it so I wanted to check it out. Not your normal cartoon/person kind of movie (if there is such a thing). Read more
Published 8 days ago by Laura
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I Had It Back...
I watched about the first 20 minutes of this movie and sincerely wish I had that 20 minutes of my life back. Read more
Published 25 days ago by J. Wilkins
3.0 out of 5 stars favorite secret classic
Cool is pretty much like an off the Roger rabbit but with more adult theme. The cool thing about this movie is all the crazy animation and art work in the background and the set,... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ryann Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of real and cartoon.
Light fun. No one gets offed, at least forever. Hollywood is the villain you love to hate. Who knew? Watch it, you will have some fun.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a combination :cartoon and real
Husband watched and laughed the hole time ....
But than he does like his cartoons ... It was a little to explicit , so nothing for little kids, but I guess for adults ....
Published 1 month ago by Erika Poppel
2.0 out of 5 stars A movie with such potential
Cool World is a movie that had a lot of potential and instead turned out to be rather sexist dribble with confusing character motivations, plot holes, and a climatic ending that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars It's No "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"...
Definitely not as good as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." The plot is ok, but not as interesting. The acting is fine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Kimsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of my favorite movies. If you enjoy adult animation than this is worth watching.. Will be recommending to friends
Published 2 months ago by HappyReader
5.0 out of 5 stars All time Fav
Good movie if you like old school stuff. I Still think its a great ahead of its time movie! lol
Published 2 months ago by Natone young
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