Jack Deebs is a cartoonist who is due to be released from jail. His comic book "Cool World" describes a zany world populated by "doodles" (cartoon characters) and "noids" (humanoids). What Jack did't realize is that Cool World really does exist, and a "doodle" scientist has just perfected a machine which links Cool World with our world. Intrigued at seeing his creating come to life, Jack is nonetheless wary as he knows that not everything in Cool World is exactly friendly. Written by
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It is obvious watching this movie that it was high-quality stuff until some team of idiots destroyed the script through multiple rewrites, forced it to be released early and threw away any integrity it had left by making it adhere to a PG-13 rating. If you think cartoon characters having sex with live humans sounds like a badass movie idea, you are quite right, because it is. And there's an intriguing, though never developed, concept of Brad Pitt's character choosing to live in a cartoon fantasy land because he can't emotionally face the real world (that's the most frustrating part of all: the feeling that this movie was supposed to be *about* something). Too bad the final product looks like something Don Bluth would create if he went insane. It's like "Rock-a-Doodle" times 1000.
Nothing in this bad trip of a movienot one line nor scenemakes sense. Watching it you are faced with endless unanswered questions: What the hell is Cool World? How did Jack the cartoonist dream up an exact replica of a world that has apparently existed since before he was born? Why are Cool World comic books so popular when the actual Cool World appears to be so lame? Why is Brad Pitt so hell-bent on preventing Noids from having sex with Doodles? Why does Holli Would complain that she can't feel anything in cartoon form when by all indications she can? Why does Holli want to touch a spike on top of a hotel to turn the entire universe into a cartoon land when she previously wanted to be a real person? Come to think of it, why IS there a spike on top of a hotel that turns the entire universe into a cartoon land? Why is Jack turning into a cartoon? Why is the scientist dude running around Las Vegas in a trenchcoat? Why is any of this happening?
At some point, it's best to just quit asking questions and let the train wreck unfold. The only part of Cool World that is actually cool is the hellish, twisted background art of the cityscape, but it contrasts heavily with the badly designed and animated characters in the foreground who look like they're out of some early 90s Nickelodean cartoon. They're unlikable and irritating, and their dialogue is endlessly corny and stupid ("He's fulfilling his destiny! He's becoming a hero!"). The human actors look extremely uncomfortable in every scene. Ralph Bakshi completely blew it with this one. Another year in production and a smarter script and it may have been legendary. Instead it's a painful viewing experience that you'll want to get rid of with intense therapy. 2/10.
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