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Four years after Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Ralph Bakshi tapped into the live action mixed with cell animated world in this adult-themed production telling the story of an edgy comic book artist who crosses the line into his own cartoon universe. The story begins with a prologue in postwar Las Vegas, where Vegas cop Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) is catapulted into the cartoon Cool World after crashing his motorcycle. The Cool World is a jive-animated parallel dimension created by animator Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne). Among Jack's many creations is the knock-out broad Holli Would (Kim Basinger).… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

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"A few of Bakshi`s inventions, such as a rattled telephone that panics every time it rings, are amusing and well animated, but most of the characters are grating and dislikable."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"The plot is too sketchy to provide much of a framework, and the only logic here is the logic of fevered daydreams. Yet, in spurts, the movie's enjoyable."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The movie has no internal logic. It's a mess."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"It has a walloping visual style, though, returning filmmaker Ralph Bakshi to top form."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Back to the drawing board, everyone."
‑ , People Magazine
"What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"Bakshi's world is typically subversive, anti-nostalgic and, at times, a brilliantly conceived grafting of two and three dimensions. Unfortunately, its ingenuity matrix seems to have short-circuited."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Cool World is a major disappointment -- a repellent oddity with unsavory overtones."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Director Ralph Bakshi looked set to produce an adult version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit with this mix of animation and live action, but somewhere down the line it ran out of steam."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Cool World isn't difficult to watch (there's too much insanity floating around to be bored), it's just impossible to digest, absent any grounded activities that could elevate the viewing experience past weirdo cartoon diarrhea."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Watching Byrne, Basinger and Pitt struggle to bring verisimilitude to this cockeyed business is painful. And watching the parade of ricocheting doodles is just headache-inducing."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"After the painstaking technical bravado of Roger Rabbit, it's no longer possible to get away with scenes in which a cartoon has obviously just been pasted onto an actor's wooden movements."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Much ballyhooed, much-advertised, the live-action/animation feature is much disaster. Not even an animated Kim Basinger dancing the hoochie-coochie can save it from its own death-wish combination of outsized ambition and undersized budget."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"A combination of Ghostbusters and Roger Rabbit, Cool World, unfortunately, plays more like the lamentable Howard the Duck."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"[Who Framed Roger Rabbit] is better than this film in every qualifiable sense except it doesn't have a sex scene."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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