At long last, here is the interview with our February 2015 粉丝 of the Month, wavesurf! 1. How does it feel to be 粉丝 of the Month?
It was unexpected, actually. I was pretty surprised. I'm not on here as often as some people, and I don't make as much of a contribution as some other really, really active members...so it was a surprise for me. But a good surprise. I thank 你 all!!!! :D 2. Your 最喜爱的 Princess? Why?
One of my 收藏夹 is Ariel, from when I was a kid. I still relate to her, and she only ever got bumped down one spot. The reason for that was a change in 1998, after I saw Mulan. 花木兰 still retains the 最佳, 返回页首 spot as my 最佳, 返回页首 princess. She's full of flaws, she's believable, she wants to honor her close-knit family, and she is as awkward and socially stand-offish as I am. 花木兰 isn't obsessive about hard work, but she does use her brain. She basically is a dead-ringer for me. 3. Your least 最喜爱的 Princess? Why?
My least favorite, if we count Frozen's girls, is Elsa. She is full of anxiety, which I can't relate to all that much, and during the course of the movie, she never ends up working through her problems and solving them herself. Elsa basically relies heavily on her sister, Anna, to come to her rescue. I don’t really like Elsa, because she exemplifies lack of initiative to set things right.
My least favorite, if we don't count Frozen's girls, is Tiana. Tiana reminds me of all the naysayers in my life. Tiana is hypercritical, just like some people I have met, including my mother; my current supervisor at work who is never satisfied with anything I do, and never ceases to tell me so, reminds me of Tiana; some past teachers I had, who wrote me off as "slow and stupid" and "without any hope of success," and who considered themselves better than me, had the same mentality that Tiana has; then there was the exhaustive 列表 of classmates and acquaintances who organized a "pecking order" where I was on the bottom, because "I had foolish ideas" and "did things that they would NEVER be caught doing themselves." Yep. Tiana reminds me of why people dislike me, and want me at the bottom and themselves at the top. I don't like Tiana for this reason. Tiana is a total shoe-in for too many people who are self-righteous, judgmental, and mean. Tiana is rude and is totally condescending. Too many people I have met were that. I think rude and condescending REAL LIFE PEOPLE make for terrible role models. So it’s really no surprise that I find Tiana a terrible fictional role model. 4. Has your 最喜爱的 princess ever changed?
Yes, my 最佳, 返回页首 most princess placeholder changed only once. See the first answer to the first question. lol. 5. Your 最喜爱的 Prince? Why?
My 最喜爱的 prince is Eric. He doesn't seem to be flashy 或者 a "player" who is trying to "pad" his own ego. He doesn't seem like the bruised "ego" loner, who becomes misogynistic because women don't fall into his arms. He doesn't seem insecure and unwilling to compromise. Though Eric initially seems disappointed that Ariel can't speak, he remains unflappable. He doesn't blow Ariel off. He even invites Ariel home, lets her stay in his castle, gives her clothes to wear, invites her to dinner, and isn't shy about letting her ride with him on a tour ( he even lets her steer for a while, lol), and takes her out on the lagoon for an evening boat-ride. A guy who is a "player" is 更多 interested in himself -- and in what the girl can do for him, than in the girl. Not so, with Eric. Eric is an idealist. He wants to marry the girl who saved his life, and that is a noble intention. But Eric is willing to take the ups-and-downs of life. Even when Ariel doesn't exactly "fit" his mental image ideal, he is STILL WILLING to spend time with her! WOW!! That's why I feel he is so attractive. He is not just physically attractive to me. He has that "emotional intelligence" as well. And in a guy--- that is SCARCE. Most of the guys I've met will never fall in 爱情 with a girl, because really they already fell in love-- with themselves a long time ago. In their brains, there is NO ROOM to care for anyone else. 6. Your least 最喜爱的 Prince? Why?
Kristoff is the bruised "ego" loner, who becomes misogynistic because women don't fall into his arms. He has bad hygiene (bad body odor, most likely); he has misogynistic tendencies (thinking females are stupid people, even if Anna is clearly the first female he has ever met); he is full of snap judgements ( telling Anna she'll never make it up the mountain when he's only just met her); and he has zero experience in romance, but proceeds to lay it on thick with "the advice"--- and I found that ludicrous-- especially 给 his background. Plus, just like Hans, Kristoff has facial features like play-dough, lank hair, and an 总体, 整体 pessimistic attitude. 7. Your 最喜爱的 DP movie?
Two of them, actually. 花木兰 and The Little Mermaid. 8. Your least 最喜爱的 DP movie?
If we exclude 《冰雪奇缘》 as its own franchise, then my least 最喜爱的 DP movie is The Princess and The Frog. Sorry. I feel half bad, and half disgusted. There are some things about TPATF that seem to detract from me liking this movie. First of all, the South in the 1920s was not magical at all; it was full of segregation and lynchings. Leah Chase was the inspiration for Tiana, but even Leah Chase did not start influencing food/having her own restaurant until the 1950s!!! That’s several decades off, Disney. I am African American, and this irks me big time! Then Tiana’s abrasive- in-your-face personality rubs me the wrong way. Tiana’s romantic interaction with Naveen is so cold as to be virtually nonexistent. I think I feel like some Native Americans must feel when they watch Disney’s Pocahontas. They know too much about what actually was going on. The Princess and The Frog is another case of whitewashing history. I know too much from history class, and from stories my grandparents and my mother told me. TPATF is kind of the opposite of enjoyable for me. 9. If 你 could choose one 迪士尼 heroine to be in the line-up, who would it be? Where would they rank on your pretty 列表 and 最喜爱的 list?
I'd add Esmeralda back into the lineup, if I could. Back in the early days, 迪士尼 did have Esme as a DP. It angered me that they removed her. On my prettiest list, Esmeralda would be third, and on my 收藏夹 list, she would probably be third. Eh. Esmeralda would definitely be in my 最佳, 返回页首 three. I'm sure about that. And Megara, if she were included as well, would make my 最佳, 返回页首 four. 10. Which Princess do 你 relate to most? Why?
Clearly it's Mulan, because I seem to have all of the same quirks/flaws that she does. And also, Ariel, since I seem to have all of her quirks/flaws as well. I think I was able to relate to the older Classic characters and the Renaissance characters through their flaws, for the most part. I don’t find anything really relatable in the Moderns. In the Moderns it’s all “forced” and the traits are just “showy.” The funny thing is, the Classics and the Renaissance are getting a totally bad reputation in the media these days. And I feel it is undeserved. These characters are not the "horrible people" that 迪士尼 is currently trying to portray as "past their relevance." Modern 迪士尼 Princess movies, like The Princess and The Frog, Brave, and 《冰雪奇缘》 try to hammer 首页 the message that the older DPs are "inferior and their weaknesses/flaws make them poor role models," but I strongly beg to differ. All the newest princesses have an axe to grind, and it irritates me that they are overtly rude, condescending, willing to screw over other people for their own personal gain, and hopelessly incompetent in fixing their own problems. And yet, people continue to tell me why they are better characters than the Classic girls and the Renaissance girls. In your own opinion, okay. But on the whole, I find them to be major disappointments, and riddled with some really abhorrent traits. To me, the Modern girls are the worst role 模特 in the lineup. 11. Who is your...
Mulan, definitely. Smartest?
Mulan, hands down. Nicest?
Cinderella, hands down. Most underrated?
Pocahontas. DUH. Favorite 唱歌 voice?
It’s always been Ariel's. Least 最喜爱的 唱歌 voice?
I really did not have a least 最喜爱的 until Elsa showed up. Idina Menzel’s voice makes me think my eardrums are being assaulted. Most annoying?
Tiana Least annoying?
花木兰 或者 Ariel 12. Your 最喜爱的 DP couple? Why?
Yeah. *coughs* Um, Ariel and Eric are my 最喜爱的 DP couple. (Now I sound monotonous). But anyway, here’s why. The way they interact is "effortless," and their “awkwardness around one another is extremely life-like.” Ariel and Eric are all nervous when they are around each other. 你 recognize an undercurrent of attraction going on, and it's REAL, it's adorable, and it melts my heart. Ariel and Eric are goofy. Their chemistry is shown 由 small physical interactions, and it isn't forced. They aren't giving each other the “silent treatment” like Belle and Adam, nor bickering constantly, like Tiana and Naveen. 13. Your least 最喜爱的 DP couple? Why?
My least 最喜爱的 couple is Tiana and Naveen. They are exact polar opposites of one another. They have ZERO interests in common, until Naveen TOTALLY GIVES UP on being who he is. Tiana is not in 爱情 with him. I never understood the romance in TPATF, because it is "very rushed" and it basically is shoved in there! Tiana and Naveen have no conversations where Tiana isn't somehow blaming Naveen for turning her into a frog; there is no conversation where Tiana isn't talking up her own skill set; and when Tiana and Naveen do have a quiet moment together, Tiana is going on and on about her restaurant and her daddy. We have one moment where Tiana gleefully thinks Naveen is going to propose to her. And that's it! When Tiana talks to Naveen, it's about being human again, her own skills, her daddy, and her restaurant. It is never about forming a future together. To this day, I don't know why Tiana and Naveen are in love. I don't "feel" it. I guess I'll never see them as a couple. I see them as divorced, though. Absolutely.
Erm. If we include Frozen, I also don't really like KrisAnna. I don't know why 迪士尼 "shoved" them together. All Kristoff was nursing was a crush on Anna, and Anna only seemed interested in Kristoff as a way to break the 《冰雪奇缘》 心 spell. We never get any build-up to see Anna going any further than a friendship with Kristoff. The 吻乐队（Kiss） they share at the end seems like only a 吻乐队（Kiss） for the cameras. 14. Your 最喜爱的 DP Outfit?
Hmm. I ADORE every single one of Ariel's outfits (though most of them are hated on Fanpop). I also 爱情 Mulan's outfits--yes, even her green soldier armor borrowed from dear old Fa Zhou. I 爱情 all of Cindy's outfits, and I like Aurora's 袍, 礼服 when it is blue. 15. Your least 最喜爱的 DP Outfit?
Now here we are at outfits--- and I only like the blue 袍, 礼服 夏洛特 lends to Tiana. Tiana’s wardrobe, that I could see, consists of garish yellows, oranges, greens, turquoises, browns, and whites, and the cut of the dresses 或者 gowns is not very flattering on her. The bayou wedding 袍, 礼服 looks like a half-lily pad, half Tinker Bell, half-swamp-vegetable aesthetic. The most Modern-looking and nicely shaped dress is the blue one, borrowed from Charlotte. *Sigh* The flapper girl dress style is really ugly. (It’s ugly on Caucasian girls, like in The Great Gatsby on Carey Mulligan, NOT JUST on African American women, so please--- I’m signaling out ONLY the clothes!) EW. I’m glad that that style is not fashionable anymore.
I also couldn’t help noticing that Tiana wears SO MANY elbow sleeved gloves. What's up with that? 灰姑娘 did it once, and tastefully. Belle did it twice for the same 金牌 outfit. Tiana, why do 你 wear elbow sleeved gloves three 或者 更多 times, in several different colors? I think it’s very repetitive and is symptomatic of 迪士尼 running out of ideas. 16. What is your 最喜爱的 song from each DP movie? (It doesn't have to be sung 由 the DP)
Whistle While 你 Work, Heigh-Ho, One Song, and Someday My Prince Will Come Cinderella:
A Dream Is a Wish Your 心 Makes and So This Is Love Sleeping Beauty:
I Wonder and Once Upon A Dream The Little Mermaid:
Part of That World and its reprise, Under The Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, and 吻乐队（Kiss） The Girl Beauty and the Beast:
Something There and Beauty and The Beast Aladdin:
Friend Like Me and A Whole New World Pocahontas:
If I Never Knew 你 (the 爱情 duet sung 由 Judy Kuhn and Mel Gibson only found in the special edition of Pocahontas; they cut out that whole scene and this song, AND IT HURTS THE MOVIE, especially if you’re trying to just ignore the whitewashing of history ), as well as 颜色 of The Wind. Mulan:
I’ll Make A Man Out of You, Reflection (only the Lea Selonga version), A Girl Worth Fighting For, Honor To Us All Princess and the Frog:
Almost There and 老友记 On The Other Side (The only songs on the soundtrack that stand out) Tangled:
When Will My Life Begin and its reprise, Mother Knows Best and its reprise, and I See the Light Brave:
Into The Open Air, Learn Me Right, and Touch the Sky Frozen:
ZERO. Like, there is literally NO SONG from this soundtrack that I like. So I’m being honest, okay? 17. Who is your 最喜爱的 character from each DP movie, besides the DP?
Grumpy and Prince Ferdinand 或者 whatever-his-name-is Cinderella:
Prince Charming Sleeping Beauty:
Merryweather The Little Mermaid:
Eric, Sebastian, Ursula, and Flounder Beauty and the Beast:
Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Chip Aladdin:
Genie. DUH. Pocahontas:
John Smith Mulan:
Mushu, Cri-Kee, Fa Zhou, Grandmother Fa, Li Shang, Chien-Po, Ling, and Yao Princess and the Frog:
射线, 雷 and Charlotte Tangled:
Flynn Ryder ( Eugene) and Mother Gothel Brave:
NONE. 18. 最喜爱的 and least 最喜爱的 DP sidekick?
Mushu, Genie, and Sebastian Least:
Olaf 19. 最喜爱的 DP Quote?
These three are my favorites, actually. My, my, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one's late! I bet when it blooms, it will be most beautiful of all"
-- Fa Zhou The greatest gift and honor is having 你 for a daughter"
-- Fa Zhou
And “It’s like I always say… Children have got to be free to lead their own lives.”
– Sebastian. 20. 最喜爱的 迪士尼 movie? (Not being a DP 或者 皮克斯 movie)
Eh. It’s a four way tie between The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, and The Lion King. 21. 最喜爱的 皮克斯 movie?
Hmm. Anything Toy Story 1,2, and 3. And The Incredibles. 22. Which DP do 你 want to be best 老友记 with?
花木兰 and Ariel. They seem (to me) to be the most easy-going of the girls. They also seem to struggle to find their purpose in life (which is where I am all of the time), and I don’t think 花木兰 或者 Ariel would intimidate and criticize me every waking instant. 23. Which DP do 你 think 你 would not get along with?
Tiana. From watching the movie, Tiana is just SO HARD to get along with. I don’t like the constant fighting I see on screen between Tiana and everyone else (only 夏洛特 and Tiana’s parents have engendered Tiana’s respect). Tiana would proceed to pick me apart, and we would do nothing but fight. 24. 最喜爱的 crossover couple?
I don’t have one. I’m weird. LOL. 25. Have 你 ever been to any of the 迪士尼 theme parks? Which one? If not, which one would 你 like to go to?
In light of the 最近的 文章 that came out in The New York Times, I am not planning any trips to 迪士尼 theme parks at any location. 迪士尼 has bought into the corporate dogma, that it is better to 火, 消防 American workers than it is to pay them a living wage, and they think it is a good idea to exploit immigrant workers 由 paying them lower wages for the same work. Wal-Mart refused to pay higher wages early on. ( I boycotted them, in response). And several companies have decided that this is the " new way they will increase their CEO profits, while cutting their bottom line." This is not innovative, so much as it is corporate greed-- blatant--- and in the consumer's face. I am angry at 迪士尼 right now. And many American's like me are shocked and bewildered, at the insane level of greed that is taking place. I'm sure this was not the kind of "exposure" 迪士尼 wanted. But they have bad press now... and I think, somehow, that part of this is going to stick in consumer's minds. I, personally, can't support an organization that thinks I'm a mindless consumer *wh-re.* 26. CGI 或者 Hand-drawn animation?
Everything looks cleaner and less blurry in hand-drawn animation. Honestly, the CGI is beginning to get excessive and rather tacky-looking. Plus, it’s everywhere now. 27. What are your hopes on...
It’s pretty interesting as is. Upcoming 迪士尼 movies?
(Moana, Giants, live-action Beauty and the Beast, etc)
Moana, mainly, and the live action Mulan. But I feel really nervous about both. I have really low expectations now, since 《冰雪奇缘》 was a total disappointment for me. Future 迪士尼 movies?
Again, I don’t know. I’m going to let them make whatever. But I don’t have to like their current trajectory [i](focusing exclusively on the family relationships and the friendships) [i/]. The 迪士尼 of today is lopsided in my view. There’s 更多 to the world than sticking around with your own mom and your own dad, your own siblings, and your exclusive set of friends. There is WAY 更多 INTERESTING stuff out there to explore! I wish this was reflected in a 迪士尼 Princess movie. Anyway, I hope to go exploring one day. :D
Thanks again, everyone, for selecting me for FOTM!!!