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Trivia / Cool World

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $28 million. Box office, $14,110,589.
  • Creator Killer: Doubly so! Ralph Bakshi had already moved onto television and only returned to filmmaking to do this film. Its failure and Troubled Production simply reiterated his desire to stay out of movies for over a decade before coming back with the crowd-funded The Last Days of Coney Island. It also did not help Frank Mancuso's career either.
  • Executive Meddling: The movie was intended to be an erotic horror flick about a cartoonist who had sex with a sexy cartoon woman he created named Debbie Dallas and is now the father of a half-human, half-cartoon girl who considers herself a freak and goes on a rampage against the man who spawned her. Sadly, Frank Mancuso Jr. and Kim Basinger nixed that at the last minute to make it more kid-friendly (though it really doesn't come off that way) and into the complete and total bomb we know it as. The film hurt both of their careers as a result.
  • Genre-Killer: Put a severe halter on adult animation thanks to Mancuso and Basinger's actions, which helped enforce the Animation Age Ghetto against the efforts of The Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Don Bluth, and later Dreamworks Animation for a while until the 2016 film Sausage Party got announced which is the first R-rated CGI animated movie.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Kim Basinger plays the Big Bad but was part of the Executive Meddling out of a desire to be able to show Cool World in hospitals for sick children. This was one instance where the trope actually worked against the actor/actress due to the Executive Meddling ruining what the primary idea for the movie was.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: This was originally intended to be an erotic horror film, but Frank Mancuso Jr. didn't want to make a horror movie, and Kim Basinger wanted something more family-friendly.
  • Playing Against Type: Just as Wizards was his first attempt at a family-friendly film, this was Bakshi's first (and, ultimately, only) attempt at a big-budget Hollywood film.
  • Star-Derailing Role: One of three films in the early 90's that ended Kim Basinger's status as an A-list actress after a great stint in the 80's.
  • Wag the Director: Actress Kim Basinger is responsible for the movie being toned down to a PG-13 knock-off of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. She wanted to make a movie that she could show in hospitals to sick children. Mancuso agreed with her. Bakshi was baffled.
  • What Could Have Been: The original horror concept (in which Jack has sex with Holli [who was actually named Debbie Dallas, after the infamous 1970s porno, Debbie Does Dallas] and Holli has a half-cartoon, half-human daughter who sees herself as a freak and plots to kill her parents) would have made a much better movie than a Roger Rabbit ripoff we have now. Blame Frank Mancuso Jr. and Kim Basinger for screwing it up.
    • Originally, Candi Milo wasn't supposed to be the voice of Lonette. She was only there as a line-feeder for the other actors, but she was put in after the producers saw that she was great with doing voices and acting.
    • Brad Pitt and Drew Barrymore were Ralph Bakshi's original choices for the roles of Deebs and Holli. At one point, Willem Dafoe was going to play Deebs.

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