I am a daddy’s girl. Don’t get me wrong I love my mum, but my dad can do no wrong. No man I meet will ever live up to him. Which leads me on to my love of the Disney Dad. I love a Disney Dad. Whether they are human, lion, god, merman or Dalmatian, they are (in my expert opinion), the best characters out of all the Disney movies.
I mean I can sympathise with the early Disney fatherless Disney heroines struggling against their tyrant step mothers/wicked witches. Take Cinderella for example, she had a pretty rough time. And Snow White didn’t have it easy either. And then there is the unusual case of Sleeping Beauty who had both parents! True she was torn away from them as an infant, but at least they were alive/human. Poor King Stephan and his wife who mourned the loss of their daughter, and weren’t we all happy when she woke up!But it is the later, motherless girls that I really love. These modern Disney heroines are strong empowered women, with dads who, in the end, support them in their quest to break free. True, their fathers were flawed, but whose dad isn’t?
So, my twin sister Amy and I have agonised over our top Disney Dads of All Time list for years. To make it easier for ourselves, we decided to exclude any non human dads, sorry Mufasa and Pongo that includes you.
Ah Maurice. Poor, weak Maurice. Whose heart didn’t melt when Gaston mocked him in the tavern. All he wanted to do was save his daughter, instead he got locked up. Belle has to rescue the poor soul twice, the first time sacrificing her freedom for his, and the second, giving up her true love.
Did you know that some of the Sultans characteristics were based on the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz? The Sultan (did he have a real name?) is as pompous as he is kind, only embracing Aladdin as a son-in-law when he was Prince Ali. But what dad would want a street rat to marry their royal daughter? He only wanted the best for her ok! Probably one of the most humiliated Disney dads when he is forced to eat those crackers by an evil talking parrot. Poor thing.
Ok, I will admit it, I fancied King Triton, in fact he is probably where my inappropriate crushes on older men/dads started. I am not sure what is more wrong, the fact that he is half fish, or the fact he is super old. But hey, he proved his excellent taste in fashion when he made Ariel that purple gown at the end, what girl didn’t want that dress?!
This is a tricky one, because in Mulan we learn so very little about Fa Zhou. An old war hero, he was wounded in a previous battle and sees himself conscripted once again. Fa Zhou is the proudest of all Disney dads, putting honour before everything else, but still takes time to tell his daughter she is beautiful. But really what dad would really want their daughter running off to the army in his place?! You would not get away with that kind of behaviour today anyway. He overcomes his pride at the end, claiming Mulan to be his “greatest gift and honour.” Awwwww.
I probably like Chief Powhatan most for his voice. Let’s face it, he had a hard time with his daughter constantly jumping off cliffs, talking to trees and whatnot. And he found a nice husband for his beloved daughter only for her to fall in love with an invader! Dads. Worst. Nightmare.
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