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Cool World (1992)

A comic strip femme fatale seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

Director:

Ralph Bakshi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janni Brenn Janni Brenn ... Mom Harris (as Janni Brenn-Lowen)
Brad Pitt ... Frank Harris
William Frankfather ... Cop
Greg Collins ... Cop
Maurice LaMarche ... Interrogator / Doc Whiskers / Mash / Drunk Bar Patron / Super Jack (voice)
Gabriel Byrne ... Jack Deebs
Joey Camen ... Interrogator / Slash / Holli's Door (voice)
Kim Basinger ... Holli Would
Michael David Lally ... Sparks (voice)
Michele Abrams ... Jennifer Malley
Carrie Hamilton ... Comic Bookstore Cashier
Stephen Worth Stephen Worth ... Store Patron / Bash
Murray Podwal Murray Podwal ... Store Patron
Jenine Jennings Jenine Jennings ... Craps Bunny / Lonette / Holli (voice)
Gregory Snegoff ... Bash (voice)
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Storyline

When cartoonist Jack Deebs was behind bars, he found escape by creating "Cool World", a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous femme fatale named Holli Would. But the cartoonist becomes a prisoner of his own fantasies when Holli transports Jack into Cool World with a scheme to seduce him and bring herself to life. A hard-boiled detective--the only other human in Cool World--cautions Jack with the law: Noids (humans) don't have sex with doodles (cartoons). However, the flesh proves weaker than ink as Holli takes human form in Las Vegas, staring in a trans-universal chase that threatens the destruction of both worlds. With a splashy combination of animation and live-action sequences, "Cool World" delivers the hottest action around. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

There are two different worlds: The Real World and the Wacky, Animated World. Only one of them will survive. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The movie was originally sold as a "hard-R" animated/live action horror film. The original concept art that Ralph Bakshi used to pitch the film was significantly more disturbing than what ultimately ended up onscreen, and had character designs stylistically similar to those found in Frank Miller's "Sin City". Once Kim Basinger became attached, she and the studio became ambivalent about the kind of reaction the movie would generate, resulting in the studio deciding to "soften" the picture to a PG-rated dark comedy (though the ratings board ultimately gave this a PG-13). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank Harris: A little late for a lady to be out on the streets, don't you think? I've got a couple of questions for you, miss.
Lonette: Oh, come on, officer. Let it slide, would you? I'm tired.
Frank Harris: Word is you have a thing for noids.
Lonette: Yeah, I've got a thing for noids, but what's it to you, tough guy?
Frank Harris: Baby, you don't know how tough it is.
Lonette: You're late.
Frank Harris: Ah, you're killing me. Why are you so beautiful?
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Alternate Versions

When shown on the sci-fi channel, the following scenes have been cut:
  • When sparks encounters doodle children in the alley he releases little coins with fangs that attacks them, they only show him say "I hate it when she meets guys without telling me".
  • While being chased by the popper police, Slash (the baby-like doodle) urinates on them: they only show the popper police get hit by the train
  • While waiting for the doodle telephone to get to Frank, Nails bites into his desk
  • The sex scene between Holli Would and Jack Deebs has been altered and some footage has been deleted
  • After Nails was "penned' by Holli, Frank encounters Sparks and knocks his french fries out of his hand, Sparks responded with "now you can buy me more fries, dick-head", but it was changed to "now you can buy me more fries pinhead"
  • At the end, Holli's "pencildick" remark is deleted.
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Soundtracks

The Devil Does Drugs
by Marston Daley (as Buzz McCoy) and Frank Nardiello (as Groovie Mann)
Performed by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Courtesy of Wax Trax Records, Inc.
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A mixed bag, but imaginative.
4 April 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

A mixed bag, to be sure, but not (at least in my opinion) the disaster that's widely believed to be. The story may be weak and the technology sometimes flawed, but there is one thing you can't accuse Ralph Bakshi of, and that is a shortage of imagination and creativity. The screen is filled with mostly enjoyable throwaway characters and gags, and even though the film keeps changing tones rapidly (from "slapsticky" to erotic to sad), it doesn't lose your attention. Neither does Kim Basinger, at her most gorgeous here. (**1/2)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,556,451, 12 July 1992

Gross USA:

$14,110,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,110,589
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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