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Tales of the Rat Fink (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 11 March 2006 (USA)
The life and times of famed hot rod & custom car designer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.


Ron Mann


Adam Cawley (additional dialogue), Solomon Vesta

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth (voice)
Ted Rosnick ... Rat Fink (voice) (as Theo Rosnick)
Alex Xydias Alex Xydias ... Old-Timer (voice)
Paul Le Mat ... Cruisin' (voice)
Ann-Margret ... Heartbreaker (voice)
Dick Smothers ... Station Wagon (voice)
Tom Smothers ... Trailer (voice)
Steve Austin ... Heavy Chevy (voice)
Jay Leno ... Flamethrower (voice)
Bill Weinstein Bill Weinstein ... Bill (voice)
Marilyn Weinstein Marilyn Weinstein ... Marilyn (voice)
Robert Williams Robert Williams ... The Outlaw (voice)
Billy Gibbons ... Beatnik Bandit (voice) (as Billy F. Gibbons)
Tom Wolfe ... Tom Wolfe's Car (voice)
Brian Wilson ... 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) See more »

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Sphinx Productions See more »
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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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pretty cars, outsider art, not very personal
31 August 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This is the story of famed hot rod & custom car designer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, the creator of Rat Fink. It's a generally chronological description of his journey. It's style is mostly derived from the outsider art that he had such a hand in building. For a general documentary of everything hot rod, this one touches on all of it. It's not that personal of a story. It's not like it gets into his life or anything. It's all about the cars, and the art.

The movie has a lot of animation based on his style of outsider art. It has a lot of stock footage and narration. In fact, the cars get their own voice in narration. Like most car guys, they're trying to give personality to each car. However they all start to sound the same and not that individualized. There's a lot to like, but it's mostly for fans. We don't see anything personal, but we do see a lot of pretty cars.

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