Cool World


Cool World

Critics 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.



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Ralph Bakshi's coupling of animated cartoons with live action comes across as little more than a ham-handed attempt at re-creating Who Framed Roger Rabbit? When a cartoonist (Gabriel Byrne) is accidentally pulled into his animated world, he finds himself being seduced by one of his sexy characters named Holli Would (Kim Basinger). It seems that Miss Would desires to be human, and there's only one way to attain that status. A detective (Brad Pitt) tries to stop the proceedings.


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
Frank Sinatra Jr.
as Frank Sinatra Jr.
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 Whiskers/Mash/Drunk Bar Patron/Su
Joey Camen
as Interrogator/Slash/Holli's Door
Lamont Jackson
as Lucky's Bouncer
Gary Friedkin
as Animation Performance Model - Mash
Big Yank
as Plaza Bouncer
Clare Hoak
as Animation Performance Model - Lonette
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Critic Reviews for Cool World

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (45)

  • 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.

    May 4, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic.

    May 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 4, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cool World

  • Jan 08, 2015
    This is hands-down one of the worst films I have ever seen. I'd even go so far as to say that it's in my top 5 worst films ever, and I've seen a lot of bad movies. Do not watch this. It's so bad it's emotionally exhausting to watch.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2014
    Anything but cool, Cool World is a bizarre mixture of live-action and animation. The story follows a doodle named Holli from the animated realm Cool World who's trying to cross over to the real-world. Starring Brad Pitt, Kim Basinger, and Gabriel Byrne, the cast has some talent; but they're not used particularly well. Additionally, the animated character designs are incredibly generic and dirty. But what really hurts the film is Ralph Bakshi's directing, which is overly busy with nonsensical cartoon action that's not related to what's happening in the scenes. And, the actors are poorly integrated into the animation (and vice versa). A crazy mess of a film, Cool World tries to do too much and ends up failing at everything.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2011
    repulsive, repellent, distasteful. Not funny at all... Ralph Bakshi failed at relaunching his career (This film gives me the creeps when i watched it when I was little) Despite all these negativity, the visual effect and set design were quite creative
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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