Karen A. from INDUSTRY, PA Reviewed on 4/8/2014...
There's been much talk in the last decade about what a pioneer Bakshi was. All I can say is, the first man to blaze a trail doesn't always make a good use of the resources. I've seen much of the Bakshi calatogue, mostly through morbid curiosity. I'm not averse to sexual fantasy, but this crosses into mere childishness, and not the kind we think fondly on when remembering our youth, but the kind that makes single people happy never to have had children. Is it sexy? It certainly wants to be. But sex is not, of itself and in a cheap invitation, enough to sell at all markets. Major talents Brad Pitt and especially Gabriel Byrne are thoughtlessly wasted in a sea of unsalvagable dialogue. In essence, Cool World is a stunted half-measure, a few hasty notes on a symphony that can never be played, because though the cause is ambitious, the results are sparse. If you feel differently, I somewhat envy you--you are breathing rarefied air, to be sure. For the vast majority of film goers, Cool World seems silly to begin with, and quickly proves itself to be void of meaning as well as dignity. Much more than Wizards, Lord of the Rings or any of the more notable variety of Bakshi attempts, Cool World chokes on its own adolescent bile and leaves a sour taste in the throat.
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JC | NY | 06/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can understand everyone else's opinions about this movie...
true, the script was a little messy...true the animation interaction with live action was quickly done...but all that is beside the greatness of this film, this movie remains one of my favorite movies of all time. WHY?Because this movie is much more than what it is...obviously there are hidden messages/images in this film...especially in the ending when Holli picks up the "spike" on top of the tower in the real Las Vegas. The title "Cool World" is meant to be a sarcastic quotation. Holli seems to portray evil in the most appealing way. There is a lot of evil going on in the backround and foreground in this film throughout. Temptation (I believe) is the main subject, but there are other subjects tackled in the movie as well.If you have only seen this movie once...it deserves a second look...and if you still don't get the message, then I can only say that "Cool World" is a reflection of who people really are, and it is ironic that so many people seem to hate this film. You simply cannot compare this to "Who Framed..." that film was a typical disney flick...Cool World is a satire of our society.Kim Basinger's cocky acting as the real Holli, was done on purpose (I believe). Because it shows what would happen when you take someone such as a cartoon charater out of it's own environment. Kim Basinger pulled that off really well, she was supposed to appear more animated then the doodle Holli.I don't even believe Holli is really a doodle...and if she is then obviously she may be the 'demon' of Cool World, besides all she does is use people throughout this picture...and whenever she is around...evil is in full effect...and when she's put in her place at the end...Cool World's scenery has changed a bit.I'll leave the rest of this stuff to your own imaginations...I won't spoil it, cause there is much more in this flick. Cool World is a very complex film, and seems like it was written as a puzzle for people to figure out later on. Every time I watch it I noticed something about it that I didn't notice before. The themes in this film are very depressing, dark and gothic and a little to real, so I would not reccomend this picture to children; and I believe it was not intended for children. Cool World deserved better for sure. Highly mis-understood."
An Underrated Cult Classic.
Sandoz | Virginia, USA | 05/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film has been called Roger Rabbit's sleazier cousin...with good reason. Yes, the plot is contrived. Yes, the acting flatter than the animation. But this movie is ... entertaining! Cool World begins in Las Vegas shortly after WWII. A young man is in a motorcycle accident, and is unwittingly sucked into the "Cool World", a hip dimension populated by cartoons. Unable to return, he becomes a Cool World Police Officer, and is the only human there. Years later, a dopey, lovesick comic book artist also is pulled into Cool World by none other than Miss Holli Would...a vampy animated seductress who wants to enter the "Real World" at any cost...Cool World is a film with a very unique animation style that brings to mind classic 40's cartoons like Betty Boop or Red Hot Riding Hood, only they're given a sexier edge. The characters are also what makes Cool World cool. Harris, Jack, and especially Lonnette are surprisingly three-dimensional and likable. The soundtrack is also excellent, a features a catchy theme song by David Bowie. Sadly, the film could have been much better. It's full of missed opportunities (such as the Jack-in-prison subplot) and the script needed a *lot* more polishing. Also, the blending of animation and live-action is far from seamless. Cool World will make you laugh and entertain you, in a very MST3K sense, but it's still worth watching. And I want Cool World on DVD!"
It's A Real Cool World
Ruth C. Abreu | Natchitoches, LA USA | 06/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll tell ya... if I read one more review written by someone born after 1980 dissing Bakshi, I think I'm going to start kicking rump and taking names. Do people diss Disney? Hardly, until they became such a movie mill that they are computer generating what used to be created by hand with a loving touch.
Look at "Cool World" as the AntiToonworld of "Roger Rabbit". The characters are psychedelic, psychotic, retro and bent. There is a great deal of (expected) sexuality and lewdness, pushing the edge of the PG-13 as far as it can go. Lots of puns and inside jokes it takes an adult to appreciate, something Warner Bros. cartoons were masters at. Granted, they don't always hit the mark here, and there's more chemistry when the Doodles are on than when the Noids take over.
But I dare anyone to watch that scene with Holli cooing "Let's Make Love" to a sweating Mel Torme wannabe while she's having trouble keeping her Noidness intact and not feel the simulataneous urge to salivate and giggle. The transformation of Noids to Doodles when the wand is removed is humorous... a lounge lizard literally becomes one, a cowboy becomes a horse, a female lead a blank eyed Orphan Annie.
The end cap, where Byrne's character becomes a dim witted but sincere superhero, is happily reminiscent of Captain Sternn from "Heavy Metal".
Yes, the acting is practically phoned in. Yes, the plot is odd. But get over it, folks, it's adult animation, and it's entertaining. I watch it again and again... and I always laugh."
Could be a bit better
Ronnie Clay | Winnsboro, Louisiana | 09/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I think that this movie could have been done a bit better. It had a good concept and some well done scenes but it drags on a bit too much. The weird fantasy enviroment is awesome and it makes this film worth a peek if you like weirdness. The plot however can be viewed as a series of loosly conected holes together by stunning animation."