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Tales of the Rat Fink (2006)

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



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


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

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The legend of the world's greatest kustom car builder Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. [DVD box]





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11 March 2006 (USA)  »

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

Crazy Credits

At the end credits, underneath the Panavision logo, it says: (SORRY I BROKE YOUR CAMERA) See more »


Features Leave It to Beaver: Sweatshirt Monsters (1962) See more »


Rat Fink (aka Rag Mop)
Written by Deacon Anderson and Johnny Lee Wills
Performed by Allan Sherman
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I guess you just have to be the right audience to appreciate this one...
13 August 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Lovers of hot rods and Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth are definitely the audience for this film, so the fact that I wasn't particularly enamored by the film is mostly because I am not a fan. Keep this in mind when reading my review--it's not for the hard-core fans but for someone who just likes to watch documentaries.

From my outsider point of view, this was a pretty weird documentary because of it's style. First, because Roth was dead by the time they made this film, John Goodman narrated the film as if he were Roth. And, other celebrities (such as the Smothers Brothers and Jay Leno) also lent their voices--so it's pretty unusual from the outset. Second, many of Roth's designs (especially his famous 60s "Rat Fink") were animated and many old clips were pieced together to make up the film--so you really didn't get much new content. Finally, the film tried very hard to be funny--with talking cars (like you'd see in "My Mother the Car") and rocking campers with personalities that DIDN'T make me laugh. Again, none of these are necessarily "bad", but a bit unusual and hard for non-fans. However, I have to give the film its due--it certainly was innovative and the sound was exceptional--with a great surround-sound quality.

Still, given my predisposition, the film didn't win me over because I just didn't get hooked by all the excitement. It wasn't me.

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