46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2003
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 once...it 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.
I'll leave the rest of this stuff to your own imaginations...I won't spoil it, cause there is much more in this flick. Cool World is a very complex film, and seems like it was written as a puzzle for people to figure out later on. Every time I watch it I noticed something about it that I didn't notice before. The themes in this film are very depressing, dark and gothic and a little to real, so I would not reccomend this picture to children; and I believe it was not intended for children. Cool World deserved better for sure. Highly mis-understood.
52 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 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.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 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?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2004
Cool World is a more mainstream effort from Ralph Bakshi (Lord of the Rings, Wizards, American Pop) than some of his other works but it still shows his genius.
There exists a two-dimensional world called Cool World. Sometimes our worlds overlap. In Cool World, humans are Noids and cartoons are Doodles. Brad Pitt is a Noid who has been stuck there for years and has been acting as a detective.
The villain (if you want to call her that) is Holli Would, a sexy, talented and smart doodle who wants to get to the Noid world. She plans to do this by having sex with a cartoonist who thinks he created Cool World for a comic book.
Pitt works to prevent this from happening as the results could cause the destruction of both worlds. But Pitt has his hands full as Holli is no mere brainless bimbo.
The effects are wonderful as cartoon scenery goes from drawing to prop seamlessly. While Cool World looks a little like Toon Town (Roger Rabbit) with its faces on buildings and twisted landscape, but these are not cute toons (although the Tex Avery-style wolves do make an appearance).
A fun movie with adult themes and unique imagery.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2009
I came across this little jewel while searching for animated movies. It was on cable once and had a fine impression on me. Somewhere between children and adult it stimulates a fantasy where reality is not all what it seems. Somewhere in an alternative universe there exist a race of perverse cartoons, the ultimate 'toon being Holli Would (Kim Basinger). Gabriel Byrne, a cartoonist and convict serving time in our reality thinks he has created 'Cool World'. And Holli is the woman of his dreams in both worlds. Also, Brad Pitt turns up as the local cop in an unbelievably riotous spin through this cartoon land. The animation and live action blends favorably to a fantasy right on the edge. With it is an electronica soundtrack with a driving beat throughout. Make this a trip to the other side of our life.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2003
I rather liked this movie. Despite some animation/real life scenes where both sides mixed and just didn't fit, it is a good movie to watch. I think it is equal, if not better than Roger Rabbit. Cool World is a twisted, Toon Town where chaos happens all around and an eyelid is never battered. A good escape from reality.
The animation is fantastic, and Brad Pitt does very well considering he was acting on his own most of the time.
Kim Basinger spoils the climax with her poor acting as a human. She's better left as a cartoon.
The music is fantastic and suits the scenes well. Cool World is in a category of its own and a much different movie to watch then most would expect.
5 stars for the animation and sound track. Minus a star for allowing Kim Basinger a role in the movie.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2005
I've seen this movie several times and it is truly for the twisted minded folks such as myself. It isn't supposed to be a great classic. It is supposed to be mindless, non-thought provoking entertainment and it is just that. If you pay attention to the movie, it's more like real life than the "normal" people want to admit.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2002
When I first wrote this review which was pretty much negative, it had been 5 years since I saw Cool World. I watched it for the second time last week and there is something about this "sleazy cousin of Who Framed Roger Rabbit" as a previous reviewer put it that for some reason holds a bit of my interst. Cool World could probably be described as one of the not-so-great movies that features the interaction of cartoons and real people. Not only is the plot weak, it has a bit of a naughty side to it. Still, there is something about Cool World that make me want to possibly see it a third time. For one thing, Kim Basinger makes a sexy cartoon character. Another thing is that I have always favored and been fascinated by movies that put cartoons and real people together such as Bednobs and Broomsticks, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Space Jam just to name a few. However, Cool World is definately not a movie that I would go out and buy. So what I'm saying is that if Cool World comes on television I would suggest giving it a look but I wouldn't suggest spending money to rent it unless you just feel you have to see it. Of course, if you compare Cool World to Who Framed Roger Rabbit as many reviewers have done, you will be disappointed. Cool World is only worth 2.5 stars at most but I'll give it the other half star just to be nice. Word of caution to parents; this movie is rated PG-13 for a good reason and should not be viewed by children under 13 or by children even a couple years older than 13 as far as I'm concerned.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2005
I think that this movie could have been done a bit better. It had a good concept and some well done scenes but it drags on a bit too much. The weird fantasy enviroment is awesome and it makes this film worth a peek if you like weirdness. The plot however can be viewed as a series of loosly conected holes together by stunning animation.