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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.


Ron Mann


Adam Cawley (additional dialogue), Solomon Vesta




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]







Release Date:

11 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sphinx Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


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

Crazy Credits

"No hippies were harmed in the making of this movie." See more »


Features Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »


Mr. Gasser
Written by Robert M. Climes
Performed by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos
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15 September 2006 | by cinemartSee 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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