Tales of the Rat Fink
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It's a pity Roth (1932-2001) didn't live to witness Mann's exquisite collaboration with animator Mike Roberts, whose dynamic contributions bring Rat Fink to life in all his wretched glory. John Goodman splendidly narrates as a posthumous Roth, looking back at his creations as numerous pop-cultural icons (Ann-Margret, the Smothers Brothers, and author Tom Wolfe, who first brought Roth to the world's attention) lend their voices to custom cars that "talk" with flashing headlights, similar to (but more reverent than) Pixar's Cars. It's a perfect way of honoring Roth, the culture he created, and the enduring legacy of his "weirdo" ingenuity. Mann's playful tribute makes it perfectly clear that Roth and Rat Fink embody a creative spirit that will live forever. --Jeff Shannon
- Big Daddy Lives! - Rare interviews with Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
- Rat Fink Reunion - Painting Jam with Ed Roth and Von Dutch
- Big Daddy's Garage - Virtual Art Gallery
- Interview with Director Ron Mann
- Deleted Scene
- Theatrical Trailer
- The Sadies Music Video
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Mann does a fantastic job of taking us back to the `50s with period music and plenty of archival footage. However, his documentary is far from traditional as he has Roth narrate his own life but voiced by actor John Goodman. Mann also gives several classic cars their own voice as they tell their own story and how they contributed to hot rod car culture. It's an unusual move that takes a little getting used to but for those who have seen Mann's other documentaries it is merely a natural progression of his idiosyncratic style - kind of like Roth himself.
Mann animates still photographs and instead of having someone drone on about the different kinds of paint jobs, shows it through stylized animation techniques and footage of cars being customized. Throughout it all, he has Roth's most famous creation, Rat Fink (his answer to Mickey Mouse - a bright green mutant rat - whom he had grown tired of and created a symbol of everything that was cool and dangerous about the hot rod culture), bridges each segment via animated interludes and accompanied by the surf music of the Sadies. Tales of the Rat Fink does an excellent job immersing us in the custom car culture, how it came to be and its distinctive characteristics.Read more ›
this is kustom kulture's history & roots and a big part of today's hot rod scene.
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Thanks for a great product , never disappointed when we order thru AmazonPublished 18 days ago by Bruederle
Meh, it was an okay documentary, but certainly worth watching at least once for any Rat Fink fan.Published 1 month ago by Nikolas Kolenich
I'll never say anything bad about Ed "Big Daddy" Roth! Love the guy! Met him at Movie World Cars of the Stars when I was about 8 years old!Published 14 months ago by Greg P.
very awesome stuff, ed big daddy roth was a pure genious at what he done, if it wasnt for him hot rodding wouldnt be what it is todayPublished 14 months ago by josh justice
I liked the vintage photos and history of Rat Fink
And Ed Roth!
everything was fine, except the disc holder was broken, so the disc was shaking around and scratched as hell. worried me.Published 16 months ago by david carlin