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->''"Around here, anything goes. Anything goes except one thing...Noids do not have sex with Doodles!"''
-->-- '''Frank Harris'''

A 1992 movie by Creator/RalphBakshi where a cartoonist finds himself in the animated world he created, and is seduced by one of his characters, a comic strip vamp who wants to be real. '''''Cool World''''' marked Bakshi's return to feature films after nine years. The film was originally pitched as an animated horror film about an underground cartoonist who fathers an illegitimate half-human/half-cartoon daughter who hates herself for what she is and tries to kill him.

The plot itself ([[RandomEventsPlot if you could call it that,]] after all that ExecutiveMeddling) opens with Frank Harris (BradPitt), a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran who finds himself transported to the titular Cool World, a strange alternate universe inhabited by cartoon "Doodles", following the death of his mother in a motorcycle accident. There, he becomes a police officer tasked with enforcing the Cool World's single law: Noids (real people) do not have sex with Doodles (cartoons). This causes him no small amount of torment, as he has fallen in love with a Doodle waitress named Lonette.

Years later, a disturbed comics artist named Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) murders his wife's lover in a fit of passion, and as a result is sent to prison. For escape (of the mental, not physical type), Jack draws a comic book based on the dreams he is continually having of the Cool World and a voluptuous vixen named Holli Would (Kim Basinger). We first meet Jack when he is being released from prison upon the successful completion of his sentence. Through means that are never adequately explained, Holli manages to pull Jack into the Cool World and seduce him, her goal being to become a Noid and be able to experience the pleasures real people enjoy. Having broken the Cool World's law, however, Jack and Holli start a chain of events that could result in the destruction of the world. It falls on Frank's shoulders to face his demons, return to reality, and save the day.

Contrast ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' which is LighterAndSofter and involves more notable {{Toon}}s.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts: Played straight with Jack, who succumbs to [[FemmeFatale Holli's]] charms, but averted with [[CelibateHero Frank]], who has been together with Lonette for a while, but has never had sex with her in compliance with Cool World's only law, which he is obliged to enforce as a cop.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Holli Would and Lonette are both very eager to get it on with their respective men, with Lonette displaying less ability to cope with the CantHaveSexEver situation that she and Frank are in.
* AlphaBitch: Holli Would, without a doubt.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Spike. It can serve as an InterdimensionalTravelDevice, tearing through the boundary between the real world and the Cool World. But even Dr. Whiskers knows that it is too dangerous to be in anyone's hands, most especially Holli's.
* AscendedExtra: Cast-wise, a pregnant Creator/CandiMilo was originally only there to feed lines to the main cast, but was impressive enough to voice ''two'' distinctive characters. She's gone on to become one of the premiere voice actors in the biz, and her career is the only success to come from this movie.
* AsYouKnow: Instead of a more dramatic flashback, this is exactly how we find out why Jack was in prison. "Hey Deebs, why don't you do a book on the guy you murdered? You know, the one you caught in bed with your wife."
* AuthorAppeal
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Holli Would if she could... no matter who gets hurt in the process.]]
* BigBraToFill: Holli Would as a Doodle has larger breasts than Kim Basinger. [[spoiler:When Holli becomes human, her breasts shrink in the process.]]
* BlondesAreEvil: Holli Would, of course. Combine that with her [[WomanInWhite white clothes]], and you have [[LightIsNotGood someone that doesn't look evil but truly will get evil if she sees fit.]]
* CantHaveSexEver: Frank and Lonette. [[spoiler: Subverted in the end, where he becomes a Doodle and the clothes come off in a hurry.]]
* CelibateHero: Definitely played straight with Frank Harris. He first came to Cool World in 1945 and when it skips over to 1992, 47 years later, he has been romantically involved with Lonette for quite a while without having sex with her and has not broken the law with any other female Doodle. And there is no clue or hint given that a human woman has come over for him to even have a quickie with (Not that he would anyway). Wow.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Unlike most {{Toon}} worlds, it's dark and hellish, quite often verging on an EldritchLocation.
* ClusterFBomb: Harris to Jack in the real world.
* CrapsackWorld: Cool World is a hellish cesspool of violent "lesser" toons mixed in with [[NonStandardCharacterDesign realistic looking horrors.]] The human-like Doodles are about the only sane things in it, and even they (Sparks, Holli Would) tend to be quite nasty.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Bob, one of Holli's goons.
* CultSoundtrack: The soundtrack is the most popular thing to come out of this movie.
* DeathBySex: The entire universe, courtesy of Jack and Holli. Well, [[EpilepticTrees supposedly]].
* DerangedAnimation: It's filled with psychotic looking {{Toon}}s who almost all are violent and insane, living in a hellish looking city filled with BodyHorror-eque buildings, mixed in with uncanny looking monstrosities; a good example being Holli's door, whose skull is constantly pushing itself out of its head.
** And then there's the GainaxEnding involving an EldritchAbomination myriad of {{Toon}}s as well as several more realistic looking deranged horrors.
* DeusExMachina: The MOTHER of all non-{{lampshade|Hanging}}d deus ex machinas. It just so happens after Frank is killed that when a Noid is killed by a Doodle, they become a Doodle themselves, permitting him to live again.
* FemmeFatale: Holli.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Holli's office, Harris beirfly looks at himself at a funhouse mirror that gives him disproportionately huge shoulders. [[spoiler: This is how he looks as a Doodle later on.]]
* GainaxEnding: The [=SNES=] game. As in many other [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames licensed games]] of that era, AWinnerIsYou was in full effect. [[spoiler: The game ends with the protagonist's fall into Cool World... ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6ijsDn3i2U only reversed.]]'']] That's it, really.
** Also the movie's ending involves Jack becoming a LargeHam super hero and an EldritchAbomination of {{Toon}}s that causes other people to become {{Toon}}s as well.
* GoldfishPoopGang: The Goons, Slash, Mash, Bash, and Bob.
* GroinAttack: Two times, one to Jack and one to Harris, by Holli.
* GrotesqueCute: Nails, {{Toon}}s when they're not acting AxCrazy, [[NonStandardCharacterDesign most]] anyway.
* HardboiledDetective: Frank Harris.
* HeDidntMakeIt: Nails tells this to Lonette after Holli pushes Frank off the Union Plaza hotel.
* HighConcept: Cool World is built on pure, unadulterated RuleOfCool, desperately seeking a plot.
* HumanityEnsues
* HumansAreBastards: Frank's reason for not wanting to leave Cool World. Having gone through UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and seeing firsthand that WarIsHell makes him decide that Cool World, as much of a CrapsackWorld as it is, is a better place than the Noids' world because it does not have any wars going on, ever. It may be in a constant state of chaos, murder, destruction, depravity, and abuse, but there is no lasting death, and no ''pain.''
-->'''Frank Harris''': ''Let me tell you something about "over there." It '''hurts''' "over there." It-it's '''lonely''' "over there." It's a '''war''' "over there." They got '''eight million ways''' for you to die, hon, and '''all of them are permanent.'''''
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Holli, of course, right before she [[spoiler:turned human.]]
* IndecisiveDeconstruction: The original idea for the film was supposed to show how InterspeciesRomance and PerverseSexualLust can go horribly wrong.
* InkSuitActor: Holli Would was tweaked to look more like Kim Basinger.
* MeaningfulName: "Holli Would would if she could but she can't."
* MediumBlending: Of regular {{Toon}} animation and realistic looking horrors.
* MoodWhiplash: The film goes straight from Frank's mother's death to a slapstick sequence.
* MsFanservice: ...Guess!
** Also Lonette would qualify.
* NonHumanSidekick: Nails the Spider.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: While it does inflict a DarkerAndEdgier RogerRabbitEffect of {{Toon}}s and humans, it also includes disturbingly realistic looking abominations like Holli's door-knocker.
* NotSoDifferent: Frank and Jack ''both'' prefer the fantastic anarchism of the Cool World to the Real World. But while Frank is willing to restrain himself to keep from destroying it, Jack jumps headfirst into something that could end up destroying ''both'' worlds.
* OddNameOut: Holli's goons are Slash, Mash, Bash... and Bob.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Holli's expression when Jack returns the Spike.]]
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Despite spending the movie smackdab in the middle of {{Buttcuckooland}}, Lonette is the most level-headed Doodle, if not ''character'' in the entire movie.
* PaintingTheMedium: In the scenes where 'Noids are in Cool World, the real-world props are deliberately as flat and 2-dimensional as possible.
* PerverseSexualLust: Not only does Jack Deebs have it for Holli, a cartoon character he himself created, it could be argued that ''the entire movie'' is in fact ''about'' the subject, and may be the only major Hollywood production to deal with the subject.
* PinocchioSyndrome: The movie revolves around the toon ("doodles" per the movie's parlance) villainess Holli Would's obsession with becoming a human woman and experience everything the "noids" can. She has to break the one law of Toonworld to accomplish this: [[InterspeciesRomance have sex with one of them]]. She eventually succeeds, but the worlds start to converge and turns into a chaotic anarchy as a result.
* PrivateDetective: Frank Harris, again.
* PunnyName: Holli Would = Hollywood. A pun old enough that [[Music/GeorgeClinton Parliament]] had already used it in the song "Holly Wants to Go to California" thirteen years earlier.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: It's one of the few animated films that wasn't aimed for kids during this time.
* RogerRabbitEffect: A DarkerAndEdgier version of this.
* SelfInsert: Jack Deebs is a cult-popular cartoonist with a small but dedicated fandom, who hasn't had a real success in years and is mostly known in the mainstream as a dark weirdo. He longs for hot cartoon women and his idea of utopia is the roiling chaos of cartoon insanity with distinct sexual overtones. If you can't conclude that Jack Deebs is Creator/RalphBakshi, then you're not watching the film right.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Frank has a very brief war flashback after the accident.
* SittingSexyOnAPiano: Holli at one point.
* ShoutOut:
** Some of the background cartoon characters that are wolves [[Creator/TexAvery look very familiar]], Creator/RalphBakshi had stated that he as well as his workers were fans of Creator/TexAvery.
** One part of the movie had a black and white dog that looked like {{B|ettyBoop}}imbo, while another scene of the movie had a big character that looked like Bluto (from {{Comicstrip/Popeye}}).
** When the doodles realize what Holli is about to do with Jack, a Toon rabbit says, "Man is in the bedroom." Sounds a lot like "Man was in the forest", a line from {{Disney/Bambi}}.
** After the Goons plummet from the building, the camera zooms into his mouth and for a brief moment, one can see a man and a wooden puppet on a raft. {{Disney/Pinocchio}} reference, for sure.
** In the climax where the Toons enter the real world after Holli pulls out the Spike of Power, there's a scene in a graveyard similar to the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment in {{Disney/Fantasia}} where Toons fly out of graves and some fly through a hangman's noose.
** A group of men turn into Dogs Playing Poker.
** When the cartoon chaos is ensuing in the city, Jennifer morphs into a doodle that looks a lot like {{Little Orphan Annie}}.
** A character that looks like Fearless Leader from {{Rocky and Bullwinkle}} walks by.
** The superhero that Jack turns into is a lot like {{Franchise/Superman}}.
* SympatheticMurderer: Jack Deebs killed his wife's lover. Neverthless, he seems to have become a bit of a mini-celebrity in the comics world.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Holli Would
* ThatsAllFolks:
-->'''Nails''': Bye bye folks, have a nice life!
* ToonPhysics: And like the rest of the movie, it's deranged and psychotic.
* ToonTown: The titular Cool World, although it far more resembles ''Film/DarkCity'' than the bright and cheery (but also [[CrapsaccharineWorld crapsaccharine]] in its own way) ToonTown of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
** The film originally contained a locale called "Sweet Place", where the more family-friendly, Disney-esque toons lived, that played the trope straight. The only remaining references to it are one of Harris' nicknames for Holli and a brief scene in the comic adaptation.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Jack Deebs gets pulled inside the titular Cool World by Holli.
* UnusualEuphemism: Frank uses one of these when delivering his lecture to Jack about the no Noid-Doodle sex law:
-->'''Frank''': You keep your pencil in your pocket. Know what I mean?
* VaporWear: Holli won't wear something that doesn't reveal a majority of her body.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Bob, though he's harmless, if annoying.
* VivaLasVegas: The film is set in Las Vegas.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Nails is allergic to butts.
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