Actually everything that Ralph Bakshi ever made could be remade based on my criteria that if it wasn't done right once then it's up for a remake. Ralph is a frustrating genius of a man. In almost every project of his there is stuff that just rocks. He also is one of the very few animators to actually show a personal vision onscreen. It's just a crying shame he can never keep it together for any length of time. Hey remember wizards? The scene with "They Killed Fritz" rocked. The whole movie? Not so much.
"Cool World" was basically Bakshi's last shot at a major full length film. It should have blown the doors down. Modeled as a more dirty "Roger Rabbit," it's the tale of Holly Would a toon (oops sorry a DOODLE) who wants to be part of the real world. She sees her key to mundane transcendence in the unlikely form of an ex con who's a cartoonist who believes he has created Holly and her world. The one thing that is going to stop her plan is Brad Pitt as a cop who's been in the Doodle world since the '40s.
Sigh. This has so much going for it. Brad Pitt. Gabriel Byrne, Kim WHEN SHE WAS HWAT Bassinger. It has an interesting visual style and some scenes really do just kill. My favorite is just a throwaway gag. Brad's partner calls him and the phone is like being electrocuted and having an orgasm at the same time as it runs around the room yelling "FRANK!!!"
So why doesn't it work? Well partly it's own design sense works against it. The cool world is just too busy. There are a billion throwaways everytime you are there. It's exhausting and takes away from the plot of the film. I do appreciate the shout outs to animation history, but I could have done with five to their fifty.
Speaking of plot there are things that are pencilled in that are never explored. How Gabriel's character needed an escape while in prison. Or the confrontation between straight laced 40's cop and ex con. These things are in the script but just fleetingly and they deserved more time.
Also, Gabriel and Kim are good actors, but they are not WARM actors. Having an affair between two such actors cools the entire film and not in a cool way. There's no fire, no passion, where there should be. Which also brings me indelicately to the fact that for a naughty cartoon it's not very naughty. If a plot point is toon sex then let there be some toon sex and not some half rotoscoped ass pg13 version.
On the plus side, Brad does great and his doodle girl looks hwat and has a fun forties feel. The music is aggressively dance/techno and works great to drive the movie along. Plus they have a Bowie song which is always a plus.
Really what this film needs for a remake is just a strong story and the balls to really tell the story about toons getting naughty with us normal folk. The rest would just take care of itself.