"Cool World" was a feature that combined live action and animation and concerned a cartoonist named Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne), who enters a cartoon world of his own devising only to meet a sexy, voluptuous blond "doodle" named Holli Would (Kim Basinger).
The movie, which has grossed $14.1 million to date, opened July 10. It went up against Fox's "Prelude to a Kiss," a romantic comedy (which also struggled at the box office) starring Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan, and TriStar's "Universal Soldier," a futuristic action-adventure film that got good box office.
"Cool World" had the star appeal of Basinger going for it, and used the same animation/live-action combination of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." But Paramount's marketing campaign didn't seem to work, despite placing a likeness of Holli Would on the Hollywood sign, which generated a rash of news stories.
The ads were a sexy come-on to readers, showing the cartoon bombshell posing seductively near a man holding a gun, while all manner of cartoon creatures frolic and sneer at their feet. "Holli Would If She Could," read the ad.