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Tales of the Rat Fink

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4.2 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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The story of hot rod cartoonist Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

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Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann has specialized in making counter-cultural documentaries since 1978, and Tales of the Rat Fink is his masterpiece. Rarely has the combination of technique and subject matter been presented with such symbiotic perfection, and Mann's tribute to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth will appeal to anyone who recalls the glory days of hot rods and custom cars. Roth pioneered customizing in the late '50s, taking his cue from the legendary Von Dutch (whose automotive pinstripes "flowed like jazz") to become the first hot-rodder to sculpt custom cars out of fiberglass, the first to airbrush custom "monster" designs on T-shirts, and the inventor of Rat Fink, the "anti-Mickey Mouse" adopted as the drooling mascot of rodders, surfers, model-building hobbyists and assorted misfits throughout the '60s. Roth's best-known custom cars--The Outlaw, The Beatnik Bandit, Mysterion and others--remain timeless classics of southern California's custom-car culture, and they're all shown here on dazzling display.

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


Special features

  • 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

Product details

  • Actors: John Goodman, Ted Rosnick, Alex Xydias, Paul Le Mat, Ann-Margret
  • Directors: Ron Mann
  • Writers: Adam Cawley, Solomon Vesta
  • Producers: Ron Mann, Bill Imperial, Martin Harbury, Michael Boyuk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000H6SY3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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