The flat, two-dimensional, cut-out aesthetic was creative & clever, but the lack of storytelling momentum, the 'make it up as you go along' narrative & characters that come and go without ever establishing an arc or personality, really hurts the overall experience. Brad Pitt is already every inch the movie star here; it's just unfortunate that Bakshi's original script was thrown out & re-written by meddling producers
Having grown up with the marketing campaign, I'd always assumed "Cool World" was a film about a successful comic book artist who gets pulled into an animated world of his own creation (which sounds like a fun movie). In reality, it's about...Brad Pitt as a WWII vet living in an alternate dimension? Just be grateful for the stellar soundtrack - Ministry, Thrill Kill Kult - and Bakshi's expressionistic art direction.
A major missed opportunity from director Ralph Bakshi. An original story that had a lot of interesting possibilities is let down by a muddled script, uneven performances, and lackluster production values. It uneasily tries to blend cartoon wackiness with the darker aspects of the story (its PG-13 maybe a hinderance), though it does get better toward the end. Worth watching for its originality, but a disappointment.
I admire this film for it's ambition and it's sheer, off the wall, psychedelic insanity. Bakshi lets his imagination run wild, creating a frenzied, manic atmosphere of cartoon mayhem. It does not really work as a narrative, the characters are cardboard and it's hard to care about anyone on screen. However, I can't recall too many 90's pictures aimed at the mainstream that are this weird and wild. Love the soundtrack.
I am amazed by how many people fail to appreciate the hallucinatory, playful goodness of this film. Certainly it's upsetting that Bakshi wasn't allowed to pursue his original idea for it, but the way people criticize it is shockingly lacking in humour. If you go into something like this expecting something serious and logical, you're bound to be disappointed. If you want something mind-altering and absurd, this is it
A cool concept that could've been so much better if the studio had allowed the artists the freedom that the director and artists were allowed on the seminal 80s animation Heavy Metal. The live action and animation concept doesn't work as well as in the similar live action animation film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A disappointment because of what might've been it's still fun but without the substance of Heavy Metal.