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Don't you get it? They're real. When they touch something, they feel it. When they taste something, they REALLY taste it. And when they do it with a man! Woo! They really do it...
~ Holli Would
Pencil dick.
~ Holli's final words for the movie

Holli Would is the main antagonist in Ralph Bakshi's 9th animated feature film Cool World. She is a doodle inhabitant of Cool World, but she wants to be a real woman living in the real world and she is willing to resort to anything without hesitation to make her dreams come true, even killing.

She was voiced and portrayed by Kim Basinger, who also played Heather Evans in Final Analysis that filmed on the same year.

Biography

Holli Would first appears dancing in a club during Jack's first arrival and in a doodle sketch of Jack's drawings. She is then seen again drinking and smoking in Jack's face saying "You're too hungry for what I got". Jack also later tells Holli that if she has sex with him he will turn her into a human (Noid). Holli Would has a rather sordid history in Cool World, a world of surreal landscapes and madcap cartoon violence. She frequents night clubs sporting revealing outfits and is followed by her own little gang of cartoon punks. Holli has repeatedly come to blows with Cool World policeman Frank Harris, who is actually a "noid", a real person, due to her constant attempts at bringing other human men into Cool World. There is an unspoken rule in that "noids" and "doodles" are never supposed to have sex, and Frank is constantly dealing with Holli's insatiable lust.

Despite appearances, Holli is a manipulative, amoral, and sometimes spoiled doodle woman whose main goal is to become a real woman, and to find the legendary "Spike of Power", a device created in Cool World which opened up the boundaries between the two worlds. It was this device that originally brought Frank to Cool World in the first place. Holli is a fervent believer in the story of "Vegas Vinnie", a doodle who escaped Cool World and opened the Union Plaza hotel many years ago, the same casino where said Spike is supposed to be hidden. Holli has constantly brought other men into Cool World, yet none have ever consummated a relationship with her.

In 1992, Holli began bringing Jack Deebs to Cool World, yet he would usually blip back to the real world. Deebs was an incarcerated cartoonist who believes that he invented both Holli and Cool World, having created a popular comic book series based on them while in prison. When Deebs is finally released from prison, he actually meets Holli for the first time, and despite warnings from Frank, him following his instincts that noids don't have sex with doodles and not listening to Holli Would's rules has sex with Jack, after a provocative strip dance on him. This act turns Holli into a living, breathing human, and the two return to the real world in order to escape Frank after Holli kills his partner, Nails. Sparks relays this incident to Frank after finding out about it.

Although at the end of the film she is brought back from being human to a cartoon again and she sets off to finally find the Spike of Power, but along the way both Deebs and herself begin flickering between human and doodle states, the result of their relationship. Holli becomes bored with Deebs and sets out to find the Spike herself at the Union Plaza. This leads to a standoff between herself and Frank, who has returned to the real world to stop her. Holli murders Frank and takes the Spike out of its holding place in the casino's sign.

This not only reverts her back to her animated form but allows the cartoon madness of Cool World and its denizens to begin spilling out into the real world. People in the real world also begin to transform into doodles, some instantly and others flickering between states. Deebs uses this opportunity to allow himself to turn into a superhero-type doodle in order to properly deal with the chaos Holli has created. Despite her best efforts, Holli is unable to prevent Deebs from getting the Spike out of her hands and back into its proper holding place. With the Spike returned, Holli, Deebs, the deceased Frank and the revived Nails, and all the other denizens of Cool World are sucked back to their world as the humans of the real world permanently turn back to their proper states.

Frank actually receives a happy ending of sorts, as his death at Holli's hand occurred during one of the moments when she was flickering between cartoon and human state. As such, another rule of Cool World states that if a doodle kills a noid in the real world, the noid is reborn in Cool World as a doodle. This allows Frank to pursue a relationship with doodle Lonette. Meanwhile, Holli is now stuck with Deebs, still in his state of being an annoyingly-uptight superhero that's planning on their new life together with his new form and mentality, leaving her in dirty clothes and in a bad mood, calling him a "pencil dick", supposedly meaning he's a jerk that draws cartoons or some other sexual meaning.

While he's planning their new life together, he mentions a house, a family, drawing new cartoons and fighting evil, meaning that she could possibly be pregnant, after her adventure and her sexual encounter with Deebs in human form.

Quotes

I know that movie by heart. The girl gets everything by the end of it; everything she ever wanted.
~ Holli Would
You got over here. So why couldn't he make it over there? Or for that matter, why couldn't I?
~ Holli Would, wanting to become a real person.
Fine. You don't want to help me? Then I'll find somebody else that will.
~ Holli Would
You wouldn't erase me, baby.
~ Holli Would
Can't let the neighbors push us around.
~ Holli Would
You love me, don't you, Jack?
~ Holli Would

Trivia

  • Holli's name is a pun of Hollywood.
  • Holli is the only animated character in the film to use traditional cel animation; the Goons, Superman Jack, etc. all use digital ink and painting.
  • Holli could be inspired by other cartoon sex symbols such as Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit.
  • In the original draft of the screenplay for Cool World, Holli Would was originally called Debbie Dallas.
  • To draw Holli's body, a model named Jenine Freni was taken as a reference.
  • During the first production process, Ralph Bakshi wanted Drew Barrymore for the character of Holli (who still carried the name of Debbie Dallas). The company rejected the young Drew for being seventeen years old at that time.
  • A rumor claims that there was an unpublished version of the film in which Holli appears completely naked, but in the test exhibitions, it caused controversy, so they had to redraw clothes on Holli's body. It is also assured that the actor Brad Pitt had a scene from Half-Naked with his girlfriend Loonette, and this version of the movie to this day has never been shown.
  • Holli shares some similarities with another Ralph Bakshi character Miss America from Coonskin as they both are sex symbols, manipulators and rapists.

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