By Tom Ward
With Father’s Day coming up, (hint, hint – – Don’t forget guys: Sunday, June 21st), we want to reminisce some of our top dads from animated Disney movies. So, without further ado, here are our top 12 Animated Disney Dads (in this writer’s personal order, although please note that some are considered tied).
12. King Triton
Starting us off is King Triton, the father of Ariel, from Disney’s Little Mermaid (1989). As fathers go, he’s loving, powerful and stern. He means well for all his daughters even though that sometimes means putting his fin down when he’s afraid for their safety. After all, the ocean is a large, dangerous place, and the land… forget about it!
11. The Sultan
He may have tried to marry his daughter off based on tradition and listened to a smarmy aid, but the Sultan from Aladdin (1992) eventually came around. So we can forgive that. The Sultan, in the end, is lovable and wants what is best for his daughter, Princess Jasmine, therefore he’s a pretty good dad in our book. Did I mention he allows Jasmine to have a tiger as a pet!? Best. Dad. Ever.
Bringing us to #10 is Zeus, the beloved father of Hercules, from Disney’s Hercules (1997). As fathers go, he’s loving, funny, and all powerful. If only he could have kept Hades from making his son a mortal, but then — heck, we wouldn’t have had the story.
9. Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff
Big Daddy from Princess and the Frog (2009) might be known for being the most powerful man in New Orleans but his love for his daughter, Charlotte, is why he makes this spotlight list. Sure he may be a bit of a pushover and dote on her a little too much, but since he is voiced by John Goodman we’ll let that slide. I mean, who doesn’t love to spoil those we love?
Coming in at #8 is Maurice, Belle’s father from Beauty and the Beast (1991). He might be a little quirky but he’s loving, supportive, and works hard, all for a chance at a better life for his family. Although he does get held captive by the Beast, and later Belle sacrifices herself for his freedom, in the end, they all get to live in a palace or be palace-adjacent, so let’s just say it all worked out!
Are we partial to characters voiced by John Goodman? It’s a huge possibility. Another great one is Pacha from The Emperor’s New Groove (2000). I love this movie SO much. Pacha is a gentle llama herder who has to leave his home, wife, and two adorable kids, Chaca and Tipo, to return Kuzco to his palace safely after he’s been turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma (Eartha Kitt — um, yes, please!). Pacha does all this to save his family’s homeland. Awww.
Prancing in at #6 is Pongo from 101 Dalmations (1961). You can’t have a whole lot of puppies and rescue them from a villain like Cruella De Vil and not be on this list. Good boy, Pongo. #boopthesnoot
The thought of Mufasa from The Lion King (1994) may make you start crying, but whether on land or living in the clouds he will always be one of our favorite animated Disney dads. He’s noble, strong, loving, and knows how to let loose and have fun. You could almost say he was purrr-fect.
I’m sure we can agree that we all wish we had a dad like James from The Princess and the Frog (2009). Not only is he supportive of Tiana, but he knows what is most important, love. So, even if your dreams seem far away, as long as you have love… you have it all.
3. King Fargus
This lovable Scottish family wouldn’t be complete without their papa King Fargus from Brave (2012). He’s tough, easy going, and kind. Has a little bit of a temper and is loud, but likes to have fun with his kids which is always a plus. We also dig the fact that he rocks a wooden leg. So boss.
2. Mr. Incredible
Mr. Incredible (aka. Robert “Bob” Parr) from 2004’s The Incredibles and 2018’s Incredibles 2 blasts into the #2 spot. He will stop at nothing to save the world and knows the source of most of his power comes from his super family. Out of shape or in shape, we love him just the way he is.
Bringing us to our #1 pick, Goofy! Max’s dad seen here in A Goofy Movie (1995) may not be the brightest or the strongest, but there is nothing he wouldn’t do for his son. He’s full of love, understanding, and makes every day an adventure!
To all you dads out there, thank you for being you! Don’t see your favorite Disney Animated Pop on our list? Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit them all, but make sure to let us know who your top picks are on Instagram @blastftp or on Facebook @blastfromthepastinc.