10. The Great Prince, Bambi
Bambi's dad is a little hands-off in the beginning, but makes up for lost time by appearing as soon as Bambi's mom is killed, leading Bambi through the next phase of his life.
9. King Triton, The Little Mermaid
He might begin on the wrong flipper, but he makes amends quite well. It certainly doesn't hurt that he shows how parents feel-- willing to sacrifice his life for his child, yet also having a hard time letting her grow up. Oh, parent struggles.
8. Maurice, Beauty and the Beast
Maurice shows Belle how great it is to be odd. He also puts his own life at risk, nearly dying in his valiant efforts to save her.
7. Chief Powhattan, Pocahontas
6. James, The Princess and the Frog
Sweet little Tiana learned a lot from her wise daddy-- that you have to work for your dreams to come true. He also instilled a strong work ethic in her, an invaluable character trait. He also showed us how you have to be strong for your kids. He may have been weary when he got home from work, but she certainly never knew it. Inspirational.
5. Fa Zhou, Mulan
Milan's dad let her spirit develop on its own, despite the fact that it contradicted their culture. He also showed that he loved her for who she was, not who society expected her to be.
King Fergus stood up for his daughter while supporting his wife, which is no easy task. He also fought for his family, literally and figuratively.
3. Marlin, Finding Nemo
2. Pongo, 101 Dalmatians
1. Mufasa, The Lion King
Surely you aren't surprised Mufasa is my top choice?! He admits his fear, leads his family, and comes back from the dead to steer his son back onto the right course. He's strong, wise and honest.
Happy Father's Day!