This review is about Ralph Bakshi's (Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin,
etc.) STRANGEST work of all time since Hell. And one of Paramount's strangest PG-13 through R-rated animated films ever created (unlike South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
(Yes, Paramount dropped the deal from the distribution of this and Ralph also created this movie.) and Beavis & Butthead Do America
, and like Bebe's Kids.
) and it's called, Cool World.
A 1992 animated/live-action film. You know, like Roger Rabbit
or Space Jam.
But, it is crazier than Don Bluth's Rock-a-Doodle
, except unlike that movie, this one is darker.
This plot is set in 1945 in Las Vegas (yes, and that's my town. I live there.) where a cartoonist (Hmm... does this sound familiar?!) named Frank Harris (played by Brad Pitt), who had an accident by killing her wife. This is he gets sucked into the animated cartoon world of Cool World. 47 years later, a cartoonist named Jack Deebs (played by Gabriel Byrne) produces a comic strip with the same name as the alternate universe he doesn't even know Jack about.
With the creation of Holli Would (played by Kim Basinger), they take him to Cool World. For real this time! Everywhere there's original cartoon characters (doodles) of different types, shapes and sizes in the styles of old cartoons such as Disney, Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, Walter Lantz, Terrytoons, MGM, Charles Mintz/Screen Gems/UPA, and Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios, and yes, they are messing about and producing the same type of wackiness with Ralph's spinoff of the old Mighty Mouse cartoon called, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse.
Holli Would looks sexy like... hmm... THAT OTHER CHARACTER NAMED JESSICA RABBIT FROM WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
Anyway, Holli Would is sexy, but naughty in many ways unlike Jessica Rabbit, thank god! She also smokes, which isn't sexy at all. Later, Jack is persuaded not to have sex with Holli because noids (real life humanoids) should not do it with doodles. Unfortunately, Holli breaks that rule and, much to her surprise, turns herself into a noid. While in the real world, they find themselves turning into clowns at numerous frames. I don't know why, maybe it's because this film is just too fricked up! I'm not going to give off the whole thing, but when Holli becomes a doodle again, she turns Jack into a cartoon superhero and for a limited time, chaos happens in Las Vegas (the place that rarely even gets chaos) as people are turned into doodles and a huge crack fantasy takes place with backgrounds that are the equivalent of John Kricfalusi's weird and sometimes blotchy backgrounds in Ren & Stimpy
or Sega/DiC's cartoon show with some blotchy drawings and weird-like backgrounds called, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
In case no one knows, this is written by the guys who wrote the script for Poltergeist
and Poltergeist II: The Other Side.
But, this looks even scarier. In fact, this looks like I've been taking LSD. Shit, it also looks like an LSD scene from The Mob Squad.
In other words, I have to give this a major...