The fans have asked for more, and so more there shall be! This fan casting is dedicated to the Dads of Disney - the often well-meaning, but either comedically confused or slightly ignorant parents that birthed some of our favorite Disney heroes and heroines. There are several Disney dads that were left off of this list, because I wanted to focus on the ones I know best: the dads I grew up with. Count this article as a dedication to my own dad, who taught me everything I know about Star Wars. Valuable lessons abounds!
Zeus (Hercules) - Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman is already a goliath of a man, and I can't think of anyone more suited to play the somewhat absent-minded God-Gone-Negligent-Father. For all of his faults, Zeus is a pretty jolly kind of dude, and completely unafraid of any threats posed to his person. He's excitable, self-centered, and friendly to everyone around him. I think Perlman could conquer the role thanks to his looks and classically brash comedic style.
Cassim (Aladdin and the King of Thieves) - Shah Rukh Khan
Aladdin's deep-rooted daddy issues were all for good reason: his pops skipped town when he was very young, orphaning the boy before he ever really got to know his father (Aladdin's Mom was also written out of the story completely, which makes Cassim look like an even bigger jerk for leaving Aladdin after his mom supposedly died). Bring in Indian film sensation, producer, and philanthropist Shah Rukh Khan for the role, and you'll have it nailed: Along with starring in over 50 Hindi films, SRK (that's what his fans call him - yes, he is the RDJ of India) has a broad range of characters, but often focuses on comedic, action-based, and romantic films. Action, comedy, and some feels in the mix? That's the King of Thieves to a T.
The Sultan (Aladdin) - Sayed Badreya
You may have seen Sayed Badreya in a few villainous roles, but finding a photo of him outside of character where he's not unleashing a roar of laughter is hard. This guy is all smiles, all the time, and has the comedic chops (The Dictator, You Don't Mess with the Zohan) to bring the jolly and ditzy Sultan to life. He doesn't necessarily have a mane-beard of white hair and his height doesn't cat at 4-foot-nothing, but I think his performance and a great makeup person could make up for that.
Maurice (Beauty and the Beast) - Bill Murray
Physically, this is just a bit of a stretch, as Murray would have to gain weight for this... but I can't think of anyone else currently alive that could fill this role like he could. Along with being an incredible comedian, he's also a great actor, and can bring the loving, but slightly off-kilter inventor to life very well. Plus... that 'stache! Oh, and they're both totally party animals:
Fa Zhou (Mulan) - Ken Watanabe
I really wanted to cast a Chinese actor for this role, but Watanabe's cheekbones and resume couldn't be matched. Side note: there need to be way more Asian actors in Hollywood - the pool I had to choose from was too slim to be fair. Ken Watanabe's built one heck of a repertoire for himself, and has demonstrated great range throughout his career. Plus, great dads spawn great kids, and Mulan saved China, so a great actor deserves this role!
Powhatan (Pocahontas) - Wes Studi
Legendary Native American actor Wes Studi is pretty much dead-on as Pocahontas' worrying and controlling father, and has the acting chops to take on the role and make it his own. Setting aside the fact that this was easily one of the most culturally insulting movies Disney ever put out, the relationship between Powhatan and his daughter was an interesting, rocky divide, even if it was a little tropey.
King Triton (The Little Mermaid) - Billy Connolly
First: it's extremely hard to find an older guy as physically fit as Triton, so I went more on personality and facial features. Billy Connolly is a long-accomplished actor and a spirited personality that would fill the role of this (yet again) overprotective father. Really though, I feel for Triton - a single dad running the entire ocean with at least seven daughters with ages ranging from young teen to young adult (Attina, the eldest, is 21). Of course he's stressed, I would be too!
So concludes this round of Disney fan casting. I left a chunk of other Disney Dads out, so feel free to pitch in and add them to the roster via the comments!