alafastanzio was voted as our second FOTM for March 2010. He was interviewed by the previous winner, princesslullaby.
o we've got our fan of the month for April- Alafastanzio! Who definitely deserves it!
1.How do you feel about winning for fan of the month, and do you think you deserve it?
It feels wonderful for such a relatively simple thing. I’m not sure I’d consider myself the biggest Disney Princess fan or the most active on this site but what I do contribute I try to put a lot of effort into. If I could be the editor or moderator of this site I TOTALLY would.
2. Who is your current favorite princess, and why?
Oh I’m not sure anymore. I used to be a staunch lover of Aurora but lately I’ve been leaning towards Cinderella. She’s so selfless, always putting even the smallest creature’s needs ahead of her own.
3. Who is your least favorite princess, and why?
Probably Pocahontas. She bores me and there’s something…pretentious about her. I guess. Did she ever ONCE stop and try to start a conversation with Kocoum?
4.Favorite princess movie, and why?
Hmmm…I’m gonna say The Little Mermaid. I’ve always enjoyed that film. I love singing along to all the songs. I’m totally guilty of pretending I was a merma…boy growing up. I’d sit in the front yard half naked with my blanky wrapped tightly around my legs like a fin and I’d flamboyantly wave to any passersby. …Sheesh.
5. Least favorite princess movie, and why? Pocahontas…I don’t recall laughing a whole lot in that film. I hate Meeko. Grandmother willow freaks me out! I hate that Seasons song. The film doesn’t have a good fight scene. The lyrics to “Colors of the Wind” confuse the hell out of me. Native American stories make me feel guilty as a Caucasian. Environmental songs make me feel guilty as a human being every time I eat something that came in a plastic wrapper….like Dove Chocolate icecream bars ..mmm…! No! I REFUSE to give those up or feel guilty because some sporty, big-boobed, leather miniskirt wearing native tart told me to be artistic with invisible turbulent atmospheric gases!!!
6.Which princess have you changed your mind about for the better, and why?
Ariel. She may be a dumb and selfish little twat, but I enjoy her story and the story would never make sense if she was particularly intuitive. One of the inescapable side-effects to true innocence is naivety.
7.Which princess have you changed your mind about for the worse, and why?
Belle. Not based on her character or anything but in her film she so inconsistently drawn. I had never noticed it before but apparently it’s because the company was on such a tight deadline.
8. Favorite Disney Prince and why?
Phillip. He’s classy and well-mannered. A good guy right from the get-go.
9. Hottest Disney Prince?
Phillip. When he and Aurora are coming down the stairs looking at eachother….ooooh. Hot stuff.
10. What's your all-time favorite disney princess movie song?
I think Part of That World and Poor Unfortunate Souls are tied.
11. If you could change any disney princess movie that's been made, which one would you change and how?
Princess and the Frog. It just needs to be rewritten from top to bottom. My top priority would be the princess being the snotty, spoiled, shallow rich girl who has to learn how to be appreciative of the frog like in the original story. We haven’t had a story where the princess’s character radically evolves. With Disney they always seem to start out pretty much perfect.
12. Which disney princess film is the most important to you?
I don’t know if I can honestly answer that. I don’t know if I could give up any of the first 5 films. I easily could part with Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Princess & the Frog.
13. How did you become invested in disney princesses?
I’m actually a fan of all things Disney but it’s become so vast that it’s hard to keep up with everything so the Princess’s break it down to just a select few movies I can focus on.
14. What first drew you to this website?
I had come up with some tough Disney Princess quiz questions for my friends and they wanted me to post them somewhere. This site was the first I came across that let me do that. I’ve been a regular here ever since.
15. If you could have acted as a voice character in any disney princess film, which one would you have chosen?
Louis the Chef in The Little Mermaid
16. Tell us your thoughts about the upcoming princess film, "Tangled".
-Are you excited?
I’m not excited. I’m nervous and anxious. I honestly do believe this could be the next film that sends the studio into its third depression so to speak. I’m just waiting for the next Disney Renaissance at this point.
-What are your expectations?
Well they’re not particularly high. They’re clearly marketing it as a romantic comedy…and like most romantic comedies I expect it will be big for like….a week. It’ll be formulaic, unoriginal, barely memorable and won’t be taken seriously by critics. Aside from like the Notebook, Pretty Woman, Some Like it Hot…how many romantic comedies (and those first two are pretty drama-heavy) can you say are classics?
-How do you want to see it made (regardless of what you know of how it's being made)?
I really wish it was as dark as the original story with the witch kidnapping Rapunzel, the prince getting his eyes pierced by thorns, the witch abandoning Rapunzel in the desert where she gives birth to twins… I really wish Rapunzel and the Witch’s relationship was really complex…like if Lady Tremaine actually cared for Cinderella but would do anything to keep her for herself. Even kill the man she loved. That’s really deep material.
17.Tell us what you thought of Princess and the Frog.
Ok so believe it or not, the other day I actually had a long conversation with Miss America’s 2009 first runner-up (Miss Georgia) about this. She didn’t like it either…and she’s black. She felt the same way I did and it was so cool talking to her. We didn’t like how the movie hinted at the idea that black people lived in slums because they simply weren’t hard workers like Tiana or that it’s important for a girl to have a man in her life. The makers were also clearly trying so hard to be racially sensitive and specifically appeal to African-Americans but had they based this story in any fictional African country, they could have done anything and been free of so many damn restraints that brought the story down. Why make Tiana a “princess” of 1920’s historical New Orleans and then have a Prince from a fictional country? It was just a VERY inconsistent movie and one that shamelessly pandered to the survivor’s of hurricane Katrina. The modern twist concept just isn’t working and I wish Disney would just come to grips with that.
a.Of all the contributions you've made on this spot, what is your favorite? (picks, articles, quiz questions, etc)
I guess that entirely depends on my muse. Sometimes I’ll seem to only add picks one week and then the next, spend all my time on an article. I put the most time and effort into my various articles. I do so much reading looking for new information.
b. Of that contribution, which is your favorite? (aka, if your quiz questions are your favorite which specific question?)
I’m not sure. I’m proud of my articles and I get such a sense of satisfaction when I’ve educated someone with a little tid-bit fact they didn’t know. I guess that applies most to my Creating Ariel article. It really got me going and probably has the most truly obscure information. Though I’ve learned even more since then that I think I should include.
19. Which user on here to do you admire the most?
Admire?...oh I guess it would have to be Princesslullaby for her popularity on this site and her willingness to speak her mind. I think it would be more appropriate to say that I respect her more than admire.
20.How important is this spot to you in your life?
In my life? Well I do check it several times a day but I suppose it ranks somewhere between indoor plumbing and Cheerios.
21. Finally, what do you hope to see for the future of this spot?