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Cool World -- A comic strip vamp seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.


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Writers (WGA):
Michael Grais (written by) &
Mark Victor (written by)
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10 July 1992 (USA) See more »
There are two different worlds: The Real World and the Wacky, Animated World. Only one of them will survive. See more »
A comic strip vamp seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kim Basinger ... Holli Would

Gabriel Byrne ... Jack Deebs

Brad Pitt ... Detective Frank Harris
Michele Abrams ... Jennifer Malley

Deirdre O'Connell ... Isabelle Malley
Janni Brenn ... Agatha Rose Harris (as Janni Brenn-Lowen)
William Frankfather ... Cop

Greg Collins ... Cop

Maurice LaMarche ... Interrogator #2 / Mash / drunken bar patron / Dr. Vincent "Vegas Vinnie" Whiskers / Jack Deebs (super hero version) (voice)

Joey Camen ... Interrogator #1 / Slash / Holli's door (voice)
Michael David Lally ... Sparks (voice)
Carrie Hamilton ... Comic Bookstore Cashier
Stephen Worth ... Bash (performance model) / Comic Store Patron
Murray Podwal ... Store Patron
Jenine Jennings ... Holli Would / Lonette (performance model) / Craps Bunny (voice)
Gregory Snegoff ... Bash (voice)

Candi Milo ... Lonette / Bob (voice)

Charles Adler ... Nails (voice)
Patrick Pinney ... Chico the Bouncer (voice)

Frank Sinatra Jr. ... Himself

Kevin L. Jackson ... Lucky's Bouncer (as Lamont Jackson)

Paul Ben-Victor ... Valet (as Paul Benvictor)
Big Yank ... Plaza Bouncer
Bobby Bell ... Bob (performance model) (as Robert N. Bell)
Gary Friedkin ... Mash (performance model)
Clare Hoak ... Lonette (performance model)
Antonio Hoyos ... Dr. Vincent "Vegas Vinnie" Whiskers (performance model)
Leroy Thompson ... Nails (performance model)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emma Blackwell ... Additional Voices (uncredited)
Lorraine Cote ... Lady at Slot Machine (uncredited)

Maggie Roswell ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Bakshi 
Writing credits
Michael Grais (written by) &
Mark Victor (written by)

Produced by
Frank Mancuso Jr. .... producer
Vikki Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Annamaria Szanto 
Casting by
Carrie Frazier 
Production Design by
Michael Corenblith 
Art Direction by
David J. Bomba 
Costume Design by
Malissa Daniel 
Makeup Department
Cydney Cornell .... department head hair stylist
Jane English .... body makeup: Kim Basinger
Jack Freeman .... makeup artist: Kim Basinger
Emily Katz .... key makeup artist
Rick Provenzano .... hair stylist: Kim Basinger
Production Management
Jon Kuyper .... animation production supervisor
Gina Shay .... animation production manager
Scott White .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Castroman .... second second assistant director
Richard Coad .... second assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
David T. Cannon .... construction coordinator
Guy Hietala .... set painter
Louis Patrou .... neon art
Edward J. Protiva .... set dresser
Douglas W. Randall .... carpenter
Brett C. Smith .... leadman
Felisa Finn .... scenic artist/foreman (uncredited)
Barry E. Jackson .... conceptual designer (uncredited)
Kris Nagle .... welder foreman (uncredited)
Eric Yount .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Rubén Domingo .... sound editor
David R. Finkelstein .... assistant sound editor
Gary Friedman .... assistant sound editor
David Halbert .... boom operator
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Koepnick .... sound effects editor
Roger Mende .... sound effects
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Hamilton Sterling .... supervising sound editor
John Joseph Thomas .... sound effects editor
James Thornton .... sound mixer
Renee Tondelli .... adr supervisor
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Michael Douglas Middleton .... large format still photographer
Visual Effects by
Kristine Brown .... effects assistant animator
Craig Clark .... effects animator
Pat Clark .... effects animator
Kelly G. Crawford .... supervising visual effects editor
Lee Crowe .... animation effects creative supervisor
Phil Cummings .... effects animator
Angela Diamos .... articulate mattes
Mike Disa .... effects animator (as Michael D'Isa)
Daniel Eblen .... effects assistant animator
Ellen Greenblatt .... animation effects coordinator
Ko Hashiguchi .... articulate mattes
Al Holter .... effects animator
Hae Sook Hwang .... effects assistant animator
David M. Kcenich .... effects assistant animator
Chang Yei Kim .... effects assistant animator
Kang Tae Kim .... effects assistant animator
David Kracov .... effects assistant animator
Craig Littell-Herrick .... articulate mattes
David 'Joey' Mildenberger .... effects animator (as Joey Mildenberger)
Juli Murphy .... effects animator
Nate Pacheco .... effects assistant animator
Tom Pope .... effects assistant animator
John R. Shourt .... articulate mattes (as John Shourt)
Don Shump .... scene tracker
Conrad Vernon .... effects animator
Dan Wanket .... effects animator
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Ken Blazer .... stunts
Nick Brett .... stunts
Greg Collins .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Gary Davis .... stunts
Chris Durand .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double: Kim Basinger
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts (as Maria Kelly)
Steve Kelso .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Cyndi Lee Rice .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunt coordinator
Lynn Salvatori .... stunts
David Welch .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts (as Glen Scott Wilder)
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunt double: Brad Pitt/Gabriel Byrne (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted T. Bemiller .... animation camera operator
William Bemiller .... animation camera operator (as Bill Bemiller)
Christopher Blauvelt .... clapper loader (as Chris Blauvelt)
Bill Bloom .... animation camera coordinator
James F. Cornick .... dimmer board op
James F. Cornick .... rigging gaffer
Bingo Ferguson .... animation camera operator
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Robert Jacobs .... animation camera operator (as Bob Jacobs)
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator: re-shoot
Arnaud Peiny .... grip
Steve Sass .... assistant camera: SpaceCam (as Steven A. Saas)
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Jeffrey A. Sklar .... camera loader
George Stephenson .... camera operator
Douglas W. Randall .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Eric J. Abjornson .... key clean-up artist (as Eric Abjornson)
Renee Ilsa Alcazar .... animation checker (as Renee Alcazar)
Joyce Alexander .... ink artist
Wilma Baker .... paint checker
George Bakes .... animator
Anne Marie Bardwell .... animator
Catherine Bazzano .... painter
Estelle Beck .... painter
Scott Bern .... key clean-up artist
Paul Bolger .... animator
David Bombardier .... key clean-up artist
Daniel Bond .... key clean-up artist (as Daniel L. Bond)
Carmen Brooks .... painter
Stuart Brooks .... painter
Ron Brown .... assistant animator
Roy Burdine .... assistant animator
Joan Boodnick Chang .... painter (as Joan Boodnick)
Karen China .... xerox checker (as Karen N. China)
Tony Claar .... assistant animator
Casey Clayton .... ink artist
Mimi Clayton .... ink artist
Eleanor Dahlen .... animation checker
James A. Davis .... animator (as James Davis)
Diana Dixon .... painter
Patricia Doktor .... background artist
Shigeko Doyle .... ink artist
Lillian Fitts .... xerox checker
Tania Francisco .... ink and paint supervisor (as Tania M. Burton)
Chuck Gefre .... animation checker (as Charles Gefre)
Peter Gentle .... paint checker (as Peter Gentile)
Michael Gerard .... animator (as Michael R. Gerard)
Rob Gibbs .... assistant animation coordinator (as Robert Gibbs)
Deborah Goddard .... ink artist
Darryl Gordon .... assistant animator
Steven E. Gordon .... animator: "Holli Would" and "Lonette" (as Steve Gordon)
Peggy Gregory .... inking supervisor
Evan Gwynne .... animation designer
Evan Gwynne .... animator
Evan Gwynne .... layout artist
Andrew Haggin .... painter
Klay Hall .... assistant animation coordinator (as Klay R. Hall)
Veronica Halmos .... painter
Kit Harper .... painter
Joe Hawkins .... assistant animator
Sandy Henkin .... key clean-up artist
Brad Hicks .... background artist
Greg Hill .... animator
Greg Hill .... layout artist
Stephanie Hirsch .... painter
Ron Hughart .... animator (as Ronald P. Hughart)
Dorma Hughes .... paint checker
Melody Hughes .... paint checker
Will Huneycutt .... assistant animator
Don Judge .... assistant animator (as Donald Judge)
Lajos Kandra .... pencil test
Mike Kazaleh .... animator
Michael Kiely .... animator
Milton Knight .... character designer
Lureline Kohler .... key clean-up artist
Elena Kravets .... assistant animator (as Elena Kravitz)
Mi Kyung Kwon .... painter
Kristin Lande .... ink and paint repairs
Annette Leavitt .... paint supervisor
Boowon Lee .... key clean-up artist (as Boowan Lee)
Renate Leff .... painter
Leticia Lichtwardt .... key clean-up artist
Daniel Yoontaek Lim .... assistant animator (as Daniel Lim)
Florence Lliboutry .... painter
Christina Long .... painter (as Christina M. Long)
Cristi Lyon .... assistant animation coordinator
Kim Manley .... painter
Greg Manwaring .... animator (as Gregory A. Manwaring)
Tina Marcaccio .... paint lab dupes
Jules Marino .... animator
James McArdle .... assistant animator (as Buddy James McArdle)
Kenn McDonald .... assistant animator (as Ken McDonald)
Randall McFerren .... painter (as Randy McFerren)
Tom McGrath .... animation designer
Tom McGrath .... animator
Tom McGrath .... layout artist
Bill Melendez .... animator
Roy Meurin .... animator
Debbie Mihara .... paint checker
Chris Miller .... key clean-up artist
Ian Miller .... background artist
Frank Molieri .... assistant animator
Frances Moralde .... cel service
Celeste Moreno .... assistant animator
James Murphy .... animator
Stephanie Myers .... final check supervisor
Yoon Sook Nam .... assistant animator (as Yoon Nan)
Donna Narhuminti .... cel service
Delmy Navas .... paint checker
Sam Nicholson .... animator (as Samuel W. Nicholson)
Judith Niver .... key clean-up artist (as Judith M. Niver)
Dana O'Connor .... animator
Mark O'Hare .... character designer (as Mark S. O'Hare)
Lisa O'Loughlin .... background coordinator
Anthony Ostyn .... color modeler
Katie Ownbey .... paint lab dupes
Jessie A. Palubeski .... cel service supervisor (as Jessie Palubeski)
Irene Parkins .... key clean-up artist (as Irene Couloufis)
Catherine Parotino .... painter (as Catherine Parotio)
Catherine Peterson .... painter (as Cathy Peterson)
Bruce Phillipson .... painter
Charles Pickens .... background artist
Marilyn Pierson .... painter
Silvia Pompei .... animation consultant
David Ray Preston Jr. .... assistant animator (as David Preston)
Letha Prince .... animation checking supervisor
Teresita Proctor .... cel service (as Theresita Proctor)
Gale Raleigh .... mark-up
Andrew Ramos .... assistant animator
Bonnie Ramsey .... mark-up
Bev Randles .... animation checker (as Beverly Randall)
David Recinos .... assistant animator
Edward Rivera .... key clean-up artist
Dorothy Roberts .... painter
Sandra Ryan-Moran .... key clean-up artist (as Sandra Ryan)
Lucinda Sanderson .... assistant animator
Gina Shay .... animation production coordinator
Won Chul Shin .... overseas animation coordinator
Vincent Siracusano .... assistant animator
Myoung Smith .... animation checker
Sheryl Ann Smith .... paint checker (as Sheryl Smith)
Richard Smitheman .... character key
Theresa Smythe .... assistant animator
Deanna Spears .... xerox checker
Alan Sperling .... animator
Clayton Stang .... key color modelist
Jackie Stewart .... painter (as Jackie Stewart-Mache)
Lea Stewart .... xerox checker
S. Ann Sullivan .... paint lab
Roxanne M. Taylor .... paint checker
Jon Terada .... ink and paint assistant coordinator
Greg Tiernan .... animator
Maureen Trueblood .... key clean-up artist
Helga van den Berge .... paint checker (as Helga Vanden Berge)
Irma Velez .... mark-up
Dirk Von Besser .... painter
Ken Walker .... animator (as Kenneth D. Walker)
Cathy Walters .... mark-up supervisor
David Wasson .... animator
David Wasson .... layout artist
Debbie Weilhart .... painter
Kathy Wilbur .... ink artist
Roger Wilbur .... painter
Leonor Gonzales Wood .... ink and paint special effects (as Leonor M. Wood)
Bruce Woodside .... animation supervisor
Yi So Young .... painter
Louise Zingarelli .... character designer
Louise Zingarelli .... character layout artist
Janet M. Zoll .... xerox checking supervisor
Micki Zurcher .... mark-up (as Michele Zurcher)
Kent Butterworth .... animator (uncredited)
Daryl Carstensen .... xerox checker/inker (uncredited)
Tanya Moreau-Smith .... mark-up artist (uncredited)
Tanya Moreau-Smith .... painter (uncredited)
Mercedes J. Sichon .... blue sketch artist (uncredited)
Pat Sito .... checking (uncredited)
Irven Spence .... animator (uncredited)
Frank Suarez .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Joe Suggs .... animator (uncredited)
Conrad Vernon .... character designer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Charles Matthews .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna O'Neal .... costume designer: Kim Basinger
Donna O'Neal .... costumer: Kim Basinger
Editorial Department
Timothy Alverson .... first assistant editor
Kelley Dixon .... assistant editor
Stephen Eckelberry .... additional editor
Lee Haxall .... assistant editor
Bret Marnell .... assistant editor
Neal Romanek .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Dickson .... composer: additional music
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor: songs
Kevin Laffey .... music consultant
Richard McIlvery .... scoring stage manager
Jan Piepenstock .... assistant recording engineer
Mark Tucker .... assistant scoring engineer
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Transportation Department
Roger Wooge .... transportation
Other crew
Gwynne Adik .... assistant: Ralph Bakshi
Bobby Bell .... live action model: Bob (as Robert N. Bell)
Chris Brewster .... production assistant
Wendy Renskowski Dale .... assistant accountant
Gary Douris .... pilot
Mike 'Dallas' Dunlap .... production assistant
Dick 'Skip' Evans .... pilot (as Skip Evans)
Gary Friedkin .... live action model: Mash
Clare Hoak .... live action model: Lonette
Antonio Hoyos .... live action model: Doc Whiskers
Jenine Jennings .... live action model: Holli Would
Jenine Jennings .... live action model: Lonette
Tae Soo Kim .... president: Big Star Enterprise, Inc.
Jon Kuyper .... assistant to line producer
Jon-Michael Preece .... script supervisor
Ginger Reynolds-Smith .... assistant: Frank Mancuso Jr.
Eddie Sanchez .... pilot
John D. Sarviss .... pilot
Sussy Selbst .... assistant location manager
Gene Starzenski .... set medic
Leroy Thompson .... live action model: Nails
Nadia Venesse .... additional dialect coach
William Winckler .... rotoscope actor
Stephen Worth .... live action model: Bash
Petra Frazer .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Larry Gross .... screenplay collaborator (uncredited)
Mercedes J. Sichon .... production coordinator: layouts/backgrounds (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (re-rating) | Chile:14 | Germany:16 | Iceland:10 (original rating) | Iceland:L (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | UK:PG (cut) | UK:12 (original rating) | USA:PG-13
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Ralph Bakshi wanted Brad Pitt to play Jack Deebs. Brad said he wanted the same, but Paramount disagreed.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jack and Holli are about to have sex, Jack can be heard moaning. But in an up-close shot where Holli gets on top of him, his mouth doesn't move at all.See more »
Frank Harris:Hey, sexy.
Lonette:It's the man with the badge.
Frank Harris:In the flesh.
Lonette:Don't remind me.
Frank Harris:How can I help it? What are you doing to me? You're messing me up.
Lonette:Oh, honey, you're tense. It's Holli again, isn't it?
Frank Harris:Yeah, Miss Holli Would-if-she-could. That dame. You heard anything?
Lonette:Now you know I don't listen to that sleazy cow.
Frank Harris:Don't. Just don't.
Lonette:But why?
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26 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The messiest, sloppiest animated film ever made?, 12 May 2003
Author: Craig Carrington from San Francisco, CA

I wish to state that I don't mean my review title to be sarcastic. I have a tough time being "cruel" to a movie like this because I was informed beforehand of Bakshi's well-meaning intentions here. I'm not a Bakshi fan, but I appreciate what he has been attempting to do even if I personally don't care for the content of his movies.

While Bakshi certainly has a reputation for creating films that have outraged, offended and (with certain audiences) entertained, he is also known by those who have met him for being someone who indeed genuinely cares about people, wants to use his medium to show how messed up our modern society is and how folks can triumph over the worst of difficulties while trapped within it. The only problem is that he has a tough time communicating with others, both personally and through his films. Somewhere beneath all the X-ratings and reputation, there is indeed (believe it or not) a very caring, sensitive man.

Believe it or not, he had thought of COOL WORLD as a statement speaking out on the dangers of casual sex (his proclamation, not mine). He's trying to point out just how dangerous such actions can be so as to caution his audience about bodily responsibility. And, he had hoped, might even help save lives.

The problem is that his movie is simply a mess. I've been informed all about the insiders' stories regarding what went wrong with this production (apparently there was even at least a couple of extra hours of this movie made!!), including the fact that its storyline was made up as Bakshi went along (a habit he has, I'm told, with all of his films).

The technical flaws, acting and everything else here are by now legendary to the public, so (even though it's certainly not a favourite title of mine) I'm going to instead point out four things I *did* actually enjoy about the movie.

(1) Conceptual designer Barry Jackson's background designs and paintings are absolutely brilliant. People familiar with my own work already know that I've spent a lifetime drawing stuff similar to this sort of "twisted background" style, so I in particular was fascinated and impressed by Jackson's amazing work even if it was emotionally the exact opposite of the sort of atmospheres I create. I actually took the time back in 1992 to call him up and compliment him personally on his material in COOL WORLD; it's that impressive. But VERY dark as it appears in this film, which is as a city imagined in the troubled and desperate mind of a jailed cartoonist.

(2) I enjoy most of the music on the soundtrack: Mark Isham's score is to die for, and many of the songs here are a lot of fun, especially David Bowie's title piece that plays over the ending credits and The Thompson Twins' "Play With Me" which blares over the opening. (An interesting piece of musical trivia here: there is a song called "Mindless" which only credits itself as "Written by Mindless", "Performed by Mindless" and "Produced by Mindless". I wonder who it really is...? Spooky...)

(3) Holli Would is a thoroughly detestable character; many say she has no personality, but that isn't the case. She has one, alright... a selfish, cruel, insensitive personality that doesn't care about anybody or anything else (much less the results of her own actions) as long as she gets her own way. She may be physically more beautiful technically than Jessica Rabbit, but Jessica is by far the more wonderful "ideal woman" of the two in terms of her true blue intentions and personality. So it probably comes as no surprise that there is *ONE* scene in the whole film which *IS* funny; it's at the very end, after the Spike of Power is plugged back where it belongs. For a split second, we see Holli do in shock the most hilariously unflattering take you have EVER seen! Watching her be put through such a hysterical piece of animation after her being so selfish and design-perfect throughout the rest of the film is a delight. ...and finally,

(4) Yes, it is a sloppy film. And so far, I'm convinced it's the messiest film of it's type I've ever seen. But at least it had good intentions, which does place it a mark above other movies out there which were simply offensive dreck without any intentions at all. I may not enjoy the movie and never will, but I do personally forgive Bakshi this film because I know he was trying to say something important for others' sake.

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