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Harry Oram of Dad’s Diary picks out his favourite fathers of the small screen...

6 of the best dads in cartoons, picked by daddy blogger Harry Oram of Dad's Diary

I’ve always loved cartoons and, now I’m a dad, I have a legitimate excuse to keep watching them. Here are my top five cartoon dads, who I hope my son will end up loving too…

1) Daddy Pig

Special skill: Total apathy

Every time my son asks to watch Peppa Pig, a part of me dies inside. But I do quite like Daddy Pig and how he bumbles along like Harold Bishop on Prozac. My guess is he’s probably just knackered after a long day at the office.

2) Fred Flintstone

Special skill: Green energy

The internet is rife with spam these days, telling us parents how we can save money on our family bills while doing our bit for the planet. Why not take a leaf out of Fred’s book, ignore the hype about electric cars and green energy, and just power the damn thing with your feet instead?

3) The Man in the Yellow Hat

Special skill: Boundless trust

He may not be Curious George’s biological father but he’s a dad in all but name (there’s even an internet theory that he’s George’s adoptive gay dad). A true believer of fostering independence, he thinks it’s absolutely fine to leave George to his own devices, so he can learn while roaming around by himself.

4) Fungus the Bogeyman

Special skill: A bionic immune system

A hard-working dad, Fungus is an excellent role model for his kids, and he copes well when his teenage son Mould rebels by trying to keep things clean. A thinker too, one of his great mantras is, ‘I stink, therefore I am’.

5) Captain Haddock

Special skill: Being an embarrassment to himself and to others

Let’s be honest, Tintin is a bit of a goody two-shoes. He needs a father figure like Captain Haddock at his side to keep him in check and help build his character. The Larry David of the cartoon world, he can make strangers feel uncomfortable in seconds, just like a dad at a wedding, but with more swearing and car-crash drunkenness.

6) King Randor

Special skill: Rejecting gender stereotypes

As an 80s child, He-Man was one of my role models. Watching the cartoons back on YouTube now, I’m struck by how absurd they are. It’s well worth a look, even just to listen to the ridiculously over-the-top voice-acting. Randor is an interesting dad, especially by that decade’s standards, because Prince Adam can dress however he wants and he doesn’t bat an eyelid.

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