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The life and times of famed hot rod & custom car designer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth (voice)
Ted Rosnick ...
Rat Fink (voice) (as Theo Rosnick)
Alex Xydias ...
Old-Timer (voice)
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Cruisin' (voice)
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Heartbreaker (voice)
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Station Wagon (voice)
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Trailer (voice)
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Heavy Chevy (voice)
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Flamethrower (voice)
Bill Weinstein ...
Bill (voice)
Marilyn Weinstein ...
Marilyn (voice)
Robert Williams ...
The Outlaw (voice)
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Beatnik Bandit (voice) (as Billy F. Gibbons)
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Tom Wolfe's Car (voice)
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The Surfite (voice)
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The life and times of famed hot rod & custom car designer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

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DVD supplements include several RAT FINK & BIG DADDY comic strips by Mort Todd and 'Cliff Mott'. See more »

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Good Advice - Sara Driver, Elliott Lefko, Paul Mavrides, Joe Medjuck, Michael Mendelson, Paul Quarrington, Bill Schroeder, Gary Topp, Larry Weinstein, The Juggernaut See more »

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Features Dragstrip Girl (1957) See more »

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15 September 2006 | by (Riverview, MI) – See all my reviews

'm a shameful Detroiter. I grew up on the outskirts of the Motor City sheltered from the automotive world by my mechanic stepfather. He was determined to keep me out of the garage and following in his greasy footsteps. Through luck (and hard work), I managed to find employment at a string of jobs that had little-to-nothing to do with the auto industry (a feat in Motown). And, even after several years of attending the Woodward Cruise, I couldn't tell a kit car from a custom. I'm an automotive idiot.

I confess to these sins in order to give my complete "outsider perspective" when it came to seeing this Canadian documentary on artistic motorhead Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. I might have more knowledge of Rene Descartes than the Rat Fink.

I can say without hesitation after seeing Ron Mann's film that I now possess a good understanding not only of Roth and his accomplishments but also his impact on popular culture. Little did I know that my beloved "wacky packages" stemmed from such auspicious beginnings. Roth managed to warp the minds of millions via his custom cars, t-shirts, artwork, and glue used to piece together his series of model cars.

Narrated by John Goodman as Roth (who passed during production) and sporting some nifty animation/photo manipulation, there are some weak moments in the film (the anthropomorphic talking cars) but overall TALES OF THE RAT FINK does a terrific job of avoiding staid talking head interviews while providing a comprehensive, organized portrait of a wonderfully multifaceted media pioneer.


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