(out of 5)
Gabriel Byrne plays a comic book artist whose little world of ‘doodles’ and ‘humanoids’ turns out to actually exist! After a scientist finds a way to bridge the human world with Byrne’s, he enters ‘Cool World’ and meets the star of his comic strip, a sexy vamp named Holli Would. What Holli really wants is to go back to Earth with Byrne and become a real woman, which she does in the form of Kim Basinger. Ralph Bakshi (Fritz The Cat) combines Roger Rabbit storytelling with his adult vision of animation to extremely poor effect, and the pitiful screenplay certainly doesn’t help. Like Basinger and Byrne, Brad Pitt also embarrasses himself by appearing in this film, his character a cop who monitors toon life in Cool World. This whole film is a giant, boring, worthless mess.
Bakshi Animation, Paramount Pictures
Directed by Ralph Bakshi
Screenplay by Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Cinematography by John A. Alonzo
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Music by Mark Isham
Production Design by Michael Corenblith
Costume Design by Malissa Daniel
Film Editing by Steve Mirkovich, Annamaria Szanto