On Sunday, dads across the country will get the recognition they so deserve. But online, there's never a reason to wait. Thanks to a wealth of viral videos from so many camera-ready dads, it's always Father's Day online.
Here's an assortment of our favorite clips by dads, for dads and in memory of them.
Father gets 'Frozen'
Do you want to build a snowman? Or maybe just lip-sync about it? Well, that wasn't exactly a personal goal for Alex Stephenson, but when his 6-year-old daughter, Jade, begged him to pretend to belt out "Love Is an Open Door" from Disney's "Frozen," he gave it his all anyway.
“I was kind of shy about it, but then I figured if we’re gonna do it, we’re gonna really do it," he told Ellen DeGeneres of his near-perfect performance.
Indeed, the two even finish each others' ... sandwiches.
With a pink ukulele in his hands and plenty of parental ingenuity in his back pocket, Benjamin Ames proved he had the whole papa thing down pat in a video duet he filmed in 2013 with his then 4-year-old daughter Adelaide.
Their version of the '20s classic "You Belong to Me" wasn't a straight cover, thanks to Adelaide's adorable and frequent interruptions ("Shh!") each time she thought she heard fireworks boom in the background.
"She thought she kept hearing fireworks and couldn't sleep, so we sang to keep her mind preoccupied," Ames said in the description for their YouTube video. "In the end, nothing competes with fireworks."
Well, nothing except Dad.
The dad Gotham deserves
The most mundane request takes on a dark tone when delivered in the gruff, no-nonsense voice of BatDad. The Caped Crusader and father of four (whose secret — and real — identity is Blake Wilson) is ready to turn any situation into an intense situation.
"Ben! That's soap, not toothpaste," BatDad barks to his son with the same menacing manner he uses to ask one daughter, "Do you like your new Princess Sparklebottom Pony?"
But BatDad's dead-on Christian-Bale-as-Batman is only half of what makes his videos so great. The other half is made up of the reactions he earns from his wife and kids, which generally range from startled to annoyed to oh-well-this-is-how-we-live-now casual.
The weekend warrior
A little peace and quiet, is that too much to ask? Evidently it is for father Tony Serafini, who spends his Saturday mornings alone with his rambunctious 4-year-old daughter.
Serafini filmed three months' worth of Saturdays and shared them online so other parents could take pleasure — and pity — from his annoyed looks and loud music and doll-filled days.
"I make the grumpy face as a joke, of course — she doesn't bother me like the videos suggest,” he told TODAY in April. "I just tried to channel the tired parent in all of us!”
The real king
At first glance, it may seem like a 20-month-old tyke is the star of a viral vid called "Ella Mae sings 'An American Trilogy' by Elvis Presley," and well, fair enough. But while the little girl gives lip service to the King of Rock 'n' Roll in the clip, it's nothing compared to her words for the man behind the wheel of the car as she sings.
"Daddy!" It's a word delivered with more enthusiasm than most adults have the ability to muster, and little Ella Mae says it again and again ... and again. In fact, before, after and during the song, she calls out to her main man (who smiles back at her) more than 30 times.
The big day without dad
Not all viral videos that celebrate dads make us laugh or smile. In fact, one our favorites is a real tearjerker that pays tribute to a man who couldn't be there on his daughter's special day.
A 2012 clip called "Bride's Special Dance," which has been viewed more than 10 million times, sees the men in Andrea Stocking's family stand up to take a turn with her during the traditional father-daughter dance because he father died just months before the big event.
Stocking told TODAY the tribute to her dad still brings on "the waterworks."
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