Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt
In stark contrast to the interesting artistic direction of the melding of live action and animation in Coonskin, Cool World takes it the completely wrong way and makes a movie that’s just ugly and terrible. Really, that’s the best way to describe this movie: that they did everything the wrong way.
A comic book artist gets sucked into the cartoon world of his creation by a showgirl named Holli Wood. Holli wants to have sex with him so she’ll turn into a real person, but Brad Pitt, another real person who crossed over into the cartoon world in the 50’s, is a cop hell bent to keep this from happening, because I guess it would destroy both worlds or something. They do it, Holli turns into Kim Basinger and pulls out some magic cork that makes everything a cartoon, and then the movie gets REALLY bad.
Seriously, everything about this movie is terrible. It’s exactly the kind of thing that Bakshi was rebelling against in the 70’s, this awful family-friendly Disnification of vaguely Bakshi-esque concepts. I guess he needed booze money and sold out, and you can tell that nobody actually cared about how the movie came out. Not only that, but this may be the worst performance for both Pitt and Basinger. Pitt just always looks confused and kinda tired and doesn’t really believe that he’s interacting with cartoons, and Basinger just devours the scenery once her character turns real. Never, ever watch Cool World. Don’t do it. DON’T!