You know you are in for a special treat when you see footage of a brand spanking new Bryce Dallas Howard being introduced to the world by her Dad – famed director Ron Howard. Then, flipping the script and watch him as a proud Papa take a cell phone photo of her directing her Dad.
What is a Dad? Dads are often underrated and underappreciated. Jokes are plentiful about how they are not given half as much love as Moms. Personally, my mother has shared numerous tales of how my Dad didn’t change one diaper and how useless he was in the everyday mental, spiritual and physical growth of us as kids. Hilariously, not much has changed and it was nice to see on film that our family was not unique.
Howard introduces us to Daddy-dom to a whole new level with fathers all over the world. My favorite was Glen Henry sharing his ‘Beleaf in Fatherhood’ vlog footage with his three “chocolate babies” on YouTube and documenting the experience of what it means to be a stay-at-home Dad with all of its trials, tribulations, humor and humanity was everything.
We then go a journey of watching other famous and not-so-famous Dads navigate the role of fatherhood in the 21st century from the news of hearing about becoming a father to navigating the everyday shenanigans through the lens of Will Smith, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Patton Oswalt, Conan O’Brian, Reed Howard, Keenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Judd Apatow, Neil Patrick Harris and Hasan Minaj.
From putting together baby beds to car seats to educating them, birth videos to the first time they held their little ones in their arms. Jimmy Kimmel said it best – “she’s Batman, you’re Robin and you’r not even one of the tires on the Batmobile.” But, having a healthy baby isn’t a given. Some fathers are faced with children who have birth defects and the families are stressed beyond their limits, others are faced with he guilt of leaving a mother alone with a new born while they go back to work to provide for the entire family.
Fathers in the 21st century isn’t exclusive to a 1950’s ideal. At the end of the day, all that matters is the love, honor or responsibility infiltrated to raise a capable and decent human being with a really cool Dad. Dads hit AppleTV just in time for Father’s Day. Kudos and Congratulations Bryce on a stellar directorial debut.