IMDb > Cool World (1992)
Cool World
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Cool World (1992) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 18 | slideshow)


User Rating:
4.7/10   14,451 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 12% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers (WGA):
Michael Grais (written by) &
Mark Victor (written by)
View company contact information for Cool World on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
2 nominations See more »
(52 articles)
Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1
 (From Cinelinx. 8 September 2014, 4:11 AM, PDT)

Movie Review – The Congress (2013)
 (From Flickeringmyth. 12 August 2014, 3:50 AM, PDT)

The Nostalgia Files: A Tribute to Bob Hoskins
 (From SoundOnSight. 20 May 2014, 9:36 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Cool and unusual See more (79 total) »


  (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
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 
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
Tania Burton .... ink and paint supervisor (as Tania M. Burton)
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
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
Chris Brewster .... production assistant
Wendy Renskowski Dale .... assistant accountant
Gary Douris .... pilot
Mike 'Dallas' Dunlap .... production assistant
Dick 'Skip' Evans .... pilot (as Skip Evans)
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
Nadia Venesse .... additional dialect coach
William Winckler .... rotoscope actor
Petra Frazer .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Larry Gross .... screenplay collaborator (uncredited)
Mercedes J. Sichon .... production coordinator: layouts/backgrounds (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:12 (original rating) | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Ralph Bakshi was almost fired and sued by Steve Miner for punching him in the nose after he told him the film was being changed.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 »
Holli Would:I guess you can't think and drive at the same time, huh?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Monkeybone (2001)See more »
THE WITCHSee more »


Why is the opening song in the movie different from the soundtrack version.
See more »
15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Cool and unusual, 16 March 2004
Author: Cowman ( from The Mitten State, USA

Animated films and cartoons have always been looked upon as an art form that caters primarily to a younger audience. Though this may be an unfair assessment to make, it is a logical one, since the child-friendly Walt Disney Company has dominated the animated film industry right from its inception after introducing the world to Mickey Mouse in 1928. After that, there has only been a handful of daring artists who have tried to disengage the squeaky-clean stereotype that animated films had since been branded with. Ralph Bakshi was such a man.

In 1972, Bakshi wrote and directed FRITZ THE CAT, a full-length animated feature film that touted a self-imposed X-rating and worldwide critical acclaim. Exactly twenty years later, Bakshi would go on to direct COOL WORLD, his sixth and most recent adult-oriented animated film to date.

On its own, the artwork and animation in COOL WORLD is excellent. The girls are sexy, the villains are ugly, and the backdrops have a surreal, almost psychedelic quality to them. The use of rotoscoping (still a relatively new technology at the time) to fluidly illustrate some of the more complex human movements was a wise choice, making the animated `Doodles' seem all the more lifelike. The animators went to great lengths to make their characters' interactions with live actors and actual scenery seem genuine. Many subtle touches, like the cartoons casting real shadows in the Humanoid world, and the direct eye contact between the Noids and the Doodles, were added to enhance the believability of these otherwise unbelievable situations.

Still, despite the great animation and the artists' valiant efforts at making the two-dimensional animation intermingle with our three-dimensional universe, the movie's visuals, while very impressive, are ultimately ineffectual. No matter how well these images are drawn, their lack of depth makes the contact with the live actors seem awkward and even distracting at times. Granted, they did the best they could at combining two very different mediums, but no amount of detail can shake the feeling that you're merely watching a 2-D overlay atop of a 3-D film, rather than 2-D characters within a 3-D film as was intended.

The high point of the film, I think, was Kim Basinger's portrayal of Holli Would as she fervently attempts to adjust to Humanoid life. Basinger is suitably perky as the deviant Miss Would, and did an outstanding job emulating the actions and mannerisms of her cartoon counterpart. Basinger succeeds at making Holli's reactions to the Las Vegas public both hilarious and embarrassing for the viewer, a feat which is probably not easy to pull off.

Gabriel Byrne's performance as Jack Deebs is another example of fine acting in this film. Byrne's character, although probably not as scared or confused by his predicament as he should have been, is portrayed convincingly, and there's enough of a well-developed backstory to accept his antisocial attitude and somewhat pessimistic outlook on life. Byrne also handles Deebs's gradual transition from calm and collected to a state of panic and exasperation exceptionally well, and his sheepishness as he futilely attempts to disassociate himself with Holli and her embarrassingly eccentric behavior is another high point in the film.

Brad Pitt plays his role as Detective Frank Harris in typical Pitt fashion. This is not to say he did a bad job, but his performances tend to be bland and unmemorable, and this movie is no exception. Even as early as 1992, the year COOL WORLD was released, we've already seen Pitt play the same no-nonsense `tough guy' character in a half-dozen or so other films, and he doesn't exactly add any kind of flair to make this role distinguishable from his others.

COOL WORLD's plot, although thin, is exciting and very original. The pacing is lightning fast, constantly jarring the viewer with over-the-top cartoon sight gags and playful innuendos. There are chase scenes, fight scenes, sex scenes, and death scenes; all seemingly back to back, and all set to an awesome adrenalin-pumping techno soundtrack. From the opening title to the closing credits, COOL WORLD plays out like a cinematic roller coaster.

However, as exciting as the movie was, I couldn't help feeling gypped after finally seeing it. COOL WORLD, although undoubtedly a clever picture, lacks the social themes and political commentary (as well as the bold, overt explicitness) that Ralph Bakshi is famous for. In FRITZ THE CAT, Bakshi takes jabs at a wide variety of hot-button issues and events that were controversial at the time, such as the Black Panthers, the alarming rise of police brutality, and the hippie movement. Cool World, at least from my own personal interpretation, is devoid of any kind of theme or commentary whatsoever.

Overall, COOL WORLD doesn't really do anything that hasn't been done before. We've already seen adult-oriented animation in FRITZ THE CAT. We've already seen the `cartoon/reality crossover' in WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. And we've already witnessed rotoscoped animation in Bakshi's own THE LORD OF THE RINGS. But just because it isn't groundbreaking does not mean it isn't entertaining. When it comes to action, excitement, and eye candy, COOL WORLD definitely delivers the goods.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (79 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Cool World (1992)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Anyone else feel bad for Jack?!?!?! blade88x
nicole kidman would have been the best choice for holli would carrcody680
Holli Would or Jessica Rabbit? saddurn_man
anything on a blu-ray version yet aqs87
what was the original version spectrum518
Cool World Video Game fake-25
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Lolita Monkeybone Malibu Express Short Cuts Basic Instinct
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Animation section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.