Fathers day is this Sunday. As we get ready to honor all of the great Dads out there for their hard work in raising their little ankle biters, I have a question -what about the men who have stepped in where the real “Dad” has stepped out? I am talking about all the great step dads. Disney does not shy away from the fact that there are absentee fathers and I think the men who take their place deserve some recognition. To honor the men who step up to the plate when they were needed, here are my top 5 Disney Step Dads/Father Figures.
5. Merlin: The Sword in the Stone
Arthur is an orphan. His foster parents treat him like a slave (not to mention they call him Wart). Then along comes Merlin. He teaches Arthur valuable lessons, believes in him and prepares him for his destiny – being King. That’s what any good Father would do for his child.
4. Trusty & Jock: Lady and the Tramp
This one is a little bit of a stretch,but hear me out. From the beginning of the movie, Lady looks to Trusty and Jock for their advice and approval, just as most daughters would. Let’s not forget when she ran to them to show off her new collar. Trusty and Jock love Lady and look out for her – especially when it comes to Tramp (the boyfriend). When she needs them they come through, just like a great Father would. So,Trusty and Jock, you may share a spot but you made the list.
3. James P. Sullivan (Sulley): Monster’s Inc.
Ok, so we really don’t know much about Boo’s real world life. Maybe her Dad is a fantastic father. Who knows, really? I do know that there is no doubt that Sulley loves this little girl like his own. He protects her throughout the whole movie. Risks his job and friendship to get her back home and then makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect her in the end by letting her door be destroyed. (Mike get’s honorable mention for staying along for the ride and glueing her door back together).
2. Carl Fredricksen: UP
Sure he is a bit of a curmudgeon at first, but the bristly old timer has been through a lot of heartbreak losing his wife and all. Into his life comes Russell. While Russell has a Dad, it is obvious the guy is a total dead beat. So,Carl steps up and turns into one of the best Father figures out there. He saves Russell’s life and I don’t just mean from Charles Muntz. He gives Russell the father/son relationship he craves.
1. Baloo: The Jungle Book
Was there any real question who number one would be? Ole Papa Bear, Baloo! Disney’s greatest step dad. Baloo is not the smartest animal in the jungle or the most responsible, but when everyone else was scared of Shere Khan, Baloo was willing to look after Mowgli so he could stay in the Jungle. He even fights Shere Khan with no regard for his own life. In the end he puts what he wants aside and does what is best for Mowgli, no matter how much it hurts. So to Baloo and all the others on the list I say a much deserved Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy your day of being King of the Jungle.
Thank you to my Hunny for writing this wonderful post. Happy Father’s Day to the best Papa Bear ever – TMT