When Jack Deebs was behind bars he found escape by creating Cool World, a cartoon series featuring a vixen named Holli Would. The flesh proves weaker than ink, however, as Holli takes human form in Las Vegas.


Ralph Bakshi
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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)


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Holli Would if she could ...and she will See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Since the characters were created from scratch, the directors decided to parody popular Disney and Warner Bros. cartoon characters. Examples include the medium used for the rabbits, the old bald man, their own version of Geppetto and Pinocchio in a larger character's stomach, and Daffy Duck's face in a building. See more »


In the opening scene, as he gets off the plane, Brad Pitt's character is wearing the twenty-ninth division patch. Later, when he first shows his mother his motorcycle, he asserts that he won it in Italy. The twenty-ninth division was never in Italy. See more »


Frank Harris: [sees Nails sniffling] Nails, this is no time to catch a cold.
Nails: It's not a cold, boss. I'm allergic to clouds.
Frank Harris: WHAT?
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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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Featured in David Bowie: Real Cool World (1992) See more »


by Johnny Marr, Bernard Sumner and Neil Tennant
Performed by Electronic
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

Could be a bit better...
18 July 2001 | by goevikesSee all my reviews

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 held together by stunning animation. Kim Basinger as Holli Would was cool. Note to Brad Pitt: Monotone does not count as acting, nor should it be considerred any matter of pride that your performance is held up only by rejected Looney Tunes. Thank you. If you liked Roger Rabbit as a kid but are getting too old for it you might enjoy this. I give it a B-.

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Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool World See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,556,451, 12 July 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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