In honor of Father’s Day, here is my not too serious list of fictional and non-fictional Fathers portrayed on television and in movies. This list is by no means scientific and just the thoughts put together in my wee-little head. And I am sure there are some who will be left off who I could just not think about. But just remember, these are just opinions and meant to be fun. So enjoy.
- Pongo – 101 Dalmatians
Right off the bat, I am going with the rare Father who made it to the end of a Disney movie. For this mere feat alone he needs to make this list. I mean until recently, how many Disney Fathers made it to the end of a movie? The only other one I can think of from the early era is Bambi’s father, The Great Prince. But I digress, the fact Pongo runs around London and the countryside looking for his pups is amazing. Pongo helps to rescue the ALL pups from Cruella De Vil and her henchmen. Why the emphasis on the “ALL?” Pongo and Perdita had 15 pups of their own and then adopt 84 other dalmatians by which Cruella had stolen in order to make a fur coat. I mean really, who adopts 84 kids?
- Rogelio de la Vega (Jaime Camil) – Jane the Virgin
Rogelio probably only makes this list because a friend of mine suggested I watch this telenovela. So I have been binge watching this show lately on Netflix. Rogelio has basically been absent from the life of his daughter until she turns 23. In his defense, he is absent because he does not about her until then, but when he does, he does his best to be a part of her life and family. Even when he has another child, Rogelio does his best to be a part of this child’s life as well, especially emotionally.
- Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stallone) – Over the Top
This is a particular cheesy movie I have always enjoyed watching, you could basically say it is the arm wrestling version of Rocky. Lincoln is an independent truck driver who makes money by arm wrestling in bars as he is trying to get to the World Championships in Las Vegas. Then he learns his ex-wife has died and she wants him to drive him home to visit her before he dies. Standing in his way, the evil father-in-law who wants Lincoln to stay out his family’s life, even Lincoln’s son, Michael. Eventually, Michael learns how evil and manipulative his grandfather is and has tried to keep Lincoln out of his life. Lincoln is determined to win the arm wrestling championship and get his son back. And despite all the efforts of his father-in-law, Lincoln eventually wins Michael’s heart and they drive off into the sunset together.
- Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) – The Incredibles & The Incredibles 2
Have to say, when I originally started putting this list together, Mr. Incredible did not make the cut. Then this weekend I went to see The Incredibles 2 and I saw how deserving he was to be on the list. When push came to shove, Mr. Incredible would do anything for the sake of his family. Especially in the second film, I won’t tell what he did, but you have to imagine staying home with Jack-Jack was not easy.
- Papa Smurf – The Smurfs
Often overlooked and underrated, which is probably why I put Papa Smurf on this list. But you have to imagine running a village with 99 Smurfs could not have been easy, especially when each one has their own and unique personality. Eventually, throw into the mix Smurfette causing all the boys to fall in love at once and the chaos which ensues about her being real or not. Then the added responsibility of protecting the village from Gargamel and Azrael. Papa Smurf did a great job considering there was no female presence around to help him keep everysmurf in line.