Winx Club

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Winx Club
Winx Club Logo.png
Winx Club logo for 2009–present.
Genre Action, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Format Animated series
Created by Iginio Straffi
Directed by Iginio Straffi
Opening theme "Under the Sign of Winx" (seasons 1-3, original {Season 3 Cutted Version}) (RAI English-Singapore)
"We are the Winx" (4Kids;seasons 1-3 only)
"Winx You're Magic Now", performed by Cymphonique Miller (seasons 3-4, Nickelodeon)
"Winx Are Back" (season 4, original) (RAI English-Singapore)
"We're the Winx", performed by Cassidy Ladden and Kathryn Raio (season 5)
"Winx Rising Up Together", performed by Kathryn Raio (season 6)
Ending theme "The Girls of the Winx Club" (seasons 1-2, original) (RAI English-Singapore)
"If You're a Winx" (season 3, original)
"Superheroes", performed by Elisa Rosselli (seasons 3-4, Nickelodeon:{Shortened Version}; season 4, original [RAI English-Singapore]
"Underwater Mission", performed by Elisa Rosselli (season 5)
"Living the Magic", performed by Alessia Orlando and Elisa Aramonte (season 6)
"We are the Winx" (short version instrumental) (4kids)
Composer(s) Michele Bettali
Stefano Carrara
Fabrizio Castania
Maurizio D'Aniello
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
No. of seasons 6 (7 confirmed)
No. of episodes 138 (182 confirmed) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Joanne Lee
Alfred R. Kahn
Norman J. Grossfield
Tom Kenny
Running time 19-24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Rai 2 (2004–present)
4Kids TV (2004–2008)
Nickelodeon (2011–present)
Picture format

480i:SDTV (Season 1–4)

1080i:HDTV (Season 5–present)
Audio format

Stereo:(Season 1–4)

Dolby Surround 5.1:(Season 5–present)
Original run January 28, 2004 – present
Chronology
Related shows PopPixie
External links
Website
Production website

Winx Club is an Italian animated television series[1] directed, created, and produced [2] by Iginio Straffi [1] and his company Rainbow S.r.l..[3][4] It is part of the larger Winx Club franchise. The series is the first Italian cartoon to be sold in the United States.[3][5] According to Iginio Straffi's website, "Winx Club is an action and fantasy show combined with comedic elements. In the mystical dimension of Magix, three special schools educate modern fairies, ambitious witches, and supernatural warriors or specialists,and wizards from all over the magical universe.Winx Club is Iginio Straffi's most succesful creation ."[2]

Plot[edit]

The show features Bloom and her five best friends, Stella, Musa, Tecna, Flora, Aisha (also as known as Layla in some dubs) who call themselves the "Winx" and go on many adventures together mainly in the magical universe and on Earth. Throughout the story, they discover new fairy transformations and magical powers, battle against evil and support Bloom as she tries to discover her origins.

There are two different Winx Club plots, listed as follows:

  • The original story-line, which was produced by Rainbow S.R.L., was mainly focused on Bloom's story.
    • The series went through a reboot after Rainbow S.R.L. partnered with Nickelodeon, where the first and second season were made into four special 1 hour episodes (3 for season 1 & 1 for season 2) and the third and fourth seasons were dubbed again, following the original story-line, albeit with minor differences.
  • The commonly called 4Kids version which, as part of 4Kids Entertainment's policy of adapting foreign animated shows to an American audience, was heavily edited and often diverged from the original story-line, including name changes (such as the original name of Bloom's planet of origin, Domino, which was replaced by Sparks in the 4Kids version), as changes in the role of characters (such as Daphne, who is Bloom's older sister whose role was changed to that of being only a nymph protecting both the Dragon Fire and Bloom's crown by 4Kids) and changes in the character and personality of characters (Tecna was given a British accent and Musa was given a hip hop-like personality by 4Kids).

Season 1[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 1)

Bloom, a supposedly ordinary girl from planet Earth, discovers her magical abilities when she saves Stella, a fairy princess who persuades Bloom to join Alfea, a college for fairies in the Magical Dimension where she, Stella, and the three friends she meets, Musa, Tecna, and Flora, form the Winx Club. Later in the series, they encounter and befriend the Specialists: Brandon, Riven, Timmy and Sky, who also become the group's love interests. They also make enemies, including a trio of witches calling themselves the Trix: Icy, Darcy, and Stormy. Together, the Winx go through many adventures and discover many secrets while fighting their enemies and studying at Alfea.

Season 2[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 2)

The Trix are back and have allied with Lord Darkar, an ancient creature of evil who wants to rule the universe. Together with their new member, Aisha, and their new friends the Pixies, the Winx will have to fight this new threat and acquire a new power called Charmix. They also meet Helia, a Specialist who becomes the love interest of Flora.

Season 3[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 3)

The Winx have to face a new enemy, Valtor, who was freed from his prison by the Trix and who took part in the destruction of Domino and shares a dark past with Bloom and her birth parents. The Winx will also have to earn a new transformation called Enchantix to become full-fledged fairies and Aisha meets a young wizard, Nabu, with whom she falls in love.

The Secret of the Lost Kingdom[edit]

The events of the movie follow those of the third season.[8] As Bloom continues in the search for her birth parents along with her friends, she discovers more about her planet and has to fight Mandragora as well as the Ancestral Witches who destroyed her home.

Season 4[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 4)

Taking place after the events of "'Secret of the Lost Kingdom", the Winx find about a new threat, the four Wizards of the Black Circle, who caused all magic to disappear from Earth. The Winx go to Earth to fight the Wizards and restore its magic, and to save the last fairy from Earth, Roxy. They will also earn a new power: Believix. Characters: Bloom, Aisha, Stella, Flora, Techna, Musa

Magical Adventure[edit]

The Trix, allied to the Ancestral Witches, manage to make almost all the good magic of the universe disappear and the Winx and the Specialists go on a journey to restore it and defeat the witches. Meanwhile Bloom learns more about her kingdom's past and why Sky's father does not want him to marry her.

Season 5[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 5)

A new danger emerges in the form of Tritannus, Aisha's merman cousin who turned into a monster after absorbing toxic pollution and allied with the Trix. Since their Believix power does not work well under the sea and is not strong enough to fight Tritannus and the Trix, the Winx will have to go on a quest to find the power of Sirenix. However Sirenix is cursed and it has something to do with the past of Daphne, Bloom's elder sister. Aisha also meets Roy, a specialist towards whom she is attracted.

The Mystery of the Abyss[edit]

Taking place before the sixth season, the Trix try to activate the Emperor's Throne and inadvertently free Politea. They kidnap Sky to free Tritannus from Oblivion and acquire a magical pearl that will allow them to obtain the power of the Emperor's Throne. The Winx will have to go on a Sirenix mission in the Infinite Ocean to stop them.

Season 6[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 6)

The Trix are back and they take over Cloud Tower and ally with a young witch named Selina, who owns a magic book called the Legendarium which can make the legends become reality. However the Winx, besides Bloom, lose all their powers during a battle against the Trix and Selina and they will have to obtain two new transformations, Bloomix and Mythix. During their quest to seal the Legendarium, the Winx will discover that they face a bigger threat than the Trix in the form of Acheron, an evil wizard imprisoned in the Legendarium and who is the master of Selina. Aisha meets Nex, a Paladin for whom she starts developing feelings.

Season 7[edit]

It has been officially confirmed that a seventh season of Winx Club will be produced, and will air in 2015. An official teaser summary of the season states that: "Each fairy will have an animal that has a special talent, necessary for the balance of the Magic Universe. The Winx will discover this, while facing two new dreadful villains and getting new amazing transformations along their journey." However, it is still unknown whether an English dubbed will be produced and further details of the plot are still unknown.[6][7]

Broadcast history[edit]

In Italy, the series' country of origin, Winx Club has been broadcast on Rai Due since its premiere on January 28, 2004. In the United States, it was licensed and dubbed into English by 4Kids Entertainment and was broadcast on Fox's programming block 4Kids TV beginning on June 19, 2004, with a preview episode airing on May 22, 2004. 4Kids TV continued its initial run until September 22, 2007, airing all three seasons. Winx Club was added back to the 4Kids TV schedule on April 12, 2008 and was aired up until December 27, 2008. On July 18, 2009, reruns of Winx Club then aired on the CW's programming block CW4Kids until July 17, 2010. Cartoon Network aired Winx Club in 2005 on their afternoon block Miguzi. Another English dub, produced by Cinelume in association with Rai Due, has been broadcast in Singapore and is featured as an alternate English language track on several European DVD releases.

Nickelodeon acquired the rights to the franchise in 2010 and is currently producing an English dub in Los Angeles. Nickelodeon started airing the series with four-one hour specials summarizing seasons one and two. The first special aired on June 27, 2011; the second special, "Revenge of the Trix," was aired on August 2, 2011; the third special, "The Battle for Magix," aired on September 18, 2011; the fourth and final special, "The Shadow Phoenix," aired on October 16, 2011. The third season, entitled "Winx Club: Enchantix", was aired on Nickelodeon from November 14, 2011 to December 26, 2011. The fourth season, "Winx Club: The Power of Believix", aired on Nickelodeon from May 6, 2012 to July 29, 2012. The fifth season, "Winx Club: Beyond Believix", premiered on Nickelodeon on August 26, 2012, and took a short hiatus during Winter 2012; the show returned in February 2013, and the season finale aired in late September 2013. Season 6, entitled "Winx Club: Bloomix," began airing on Nickelodeon on September 29, 2013. In Italy it has began to air on January 6, 2014.

In April 2014 Rainbow S.r.l. announced that it will be producing a seventh season of Winx Club.[6] On April 7, 2014 it was announced on WorldScreen.com "The seventh season of Rainbow's popular Winx Club series is stated to premiere on Nickelodeon's global network of channels in 2015." “We are delighted to be announcing the brand new series of Winx Club,” said Iginio Straffi, the president and CEO of Rainbow. “It will be a privilege to partner once more with Nickelodeon on this and we are all looking forward to bringing the latest adventures of the Winx Club fairies to Nick channels worldwide.”

Theatrical Films[edit]

Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom[edit]

On October 8, 2006, Rainbow S.p.A. announced on their official website that a Winx Club film was being produced.[8] The CGI film, titled Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom (Italian: Winx Club - Il segreto del regno perduto), was released theatrically in Italy on November 30, 2007. An English dub of the film was released on November 20, 2008 in Singapore. The film was re-dubbed in English and released in the United States as a TV movie on Nickelodeon on March 11, 2012. This version featured the cast from the Nickelodeon dub of the television series. This Movie was released with 7 Episodes from Season 4.

Winx Club: Magical Adventure[edit]

On November 9, 2009, it was confirmed that there would be a second Winx Club movie released in 2010.[9] The film, titled Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure (Italian: Winx Club 3D - Magica avventura) was released theatrically in Italy on October 29, 2010. The film was dubbed using the Nickelodeon voice cast and released as a television special in the United States on May 20, 2013. This version was shortened from the original's 87 minute runtime to approximately 45 minutes.[10] This movie was released with 7 episodes from Season 5.

Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss[edit]

The third Winx Club movie was officially announced when the official Italian Winx Club website allowed the fans to vote for its title in an online poll, with the title Mystery of the Depths being chosen however despite this rainbow decided to air the official nick title mystery of the abyss. The movie is set to premier in September 2014. An official teaser trailer was released on April 16, 2014, on the official Winx Club channel on YouTube an official preview was released a short time later.[11] This movie will most likely be released with 7 Episodes from Season 6, however this is unsure. Another official trailer was released onto Winx Club Italia YouTube Channel. During that time, they released two movie quiz that are related toward the movie air-date

Change in licensing[edit]

In the United States, the license for 4Kids TV expired in the end of 2008. and Rainbow S.r.l. sought out a new partner.[12] On 2 September 2010, Nickelodeon announed through a press release that they will be co-producing seasons 5 and 6 of the series.[13] On February 26, 2014, Romi Dames, the voice of Musa, confirmed that Nickelodeon did not renew the show for a seventh season via Twitter.[14]

The first special's broadcast revealed that Amy Gross is voicing Stella, Alejandra Reynoso is voicing Flora, and Morgan Decker is voicing Tecna.[15] At present, the series has been dubbed into 36 languages worldwide.[citation needed]

Although, Winx Club has aired in Spain on Disney Channel. In America, Disney Channel may or may not add Winx Club to their channel. Disney Channel might agree to adding Winx Club, but for now, fans are unsure. There are many fans that don't want Winx Club to end, but are hoping that the show will rise again.

DVD releases[edit]

# No. of
episodes
Title(s)
Original (English)/Portuguese/Spanish
Edition availability
S
E
A
S
S
O
N

1
6 Winx Club: Bienvenidos a Magix'  Mexico
6 Winx Club: El gran concurso de Belleza  Mexico
6 Winx Club: El secreto de Bloom  Mexico
8 Winx Club: La Batalla por Alfea  Mexico
S
E
A
S
S
O
N

2
5 Winx CLub: La princesa Amentia  Mexico
9 Winx Club: La cripta del Códex  Mexico
8 Winx Club: El show debe continuar  Mexico
4 Winx Club: La hora de la verdad  Mexico
S
E
A
S
S
O
N

4
7 Winx Club: The Power of Believix
Winx Club: O Poder de Believix
Winx Club: El Poder de Believix
 Argentina
 Brazil
 Mexico
7 Winx Club: Believe in Magic
Winx Club: Acredite na Magia
Winx Club: Cree en la Magia
 United States
6 Winx Club: Magical Mania
Winx Club: Mundo Mágico
Winx Club: Mundo Mágico
 Argentina
 Brazil
 Mexico
6 Winx Club: Destiny Calls
Winx Club: Dons Mágicos
Winx Club: Llamados del Destino
F
I
L
M
1+7 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom "Movie"
Winx Club: O Segredo do Reino Perdido "O Filme"
Winx Club: El Secreto del Reino Perdido
 United States
S
E
A
S
S
O
N

5
7 Winx Club: The Power of Sirenix
Winx Club: O Poder de Sirenix
Winx Club: El Poder de Sirenix
6 Winx Club: Tales from the Sea
Winx Club: Contos do Fundo do Mar
Winx Club: Cuentos del Fondo del Mar
7 Winx Club: Peril in the Magic Dimension
Winx Club: Perigo na Dimensão Mágica
Winx Club: Peligro en la Dimensión Mágica
6 Winx Club: Peace in the Infinite Ocean
Winx Club: Paz no Mar Infinito
Winx Club: Paz en el Océano Infinito
F
I
L
M
1+7 Winx Club: Magical Adventure
Winx Club: A Aventura Mágica
Winx Club: La Aventura Mágica
 United States

Other media[edit]

Spin-off series[edit]

A comedy spin-off series titled PopPixie premiered in Italy on January 10, 2011. This series is based on the pixies from the Winx Club series, and featured characters such as Lockette, Chatta, and Amore, along with new characters. The characters Caramel and Cherie, introduced in PopPixie, later appeared in Winx Club as replacements for Digit and Tune, respectively.

Video games[edit]

Several video games based on the series have been released. The first of these was Winx Club, released in 2005 for the Playstation 2, PC, and Game Boy Advance. Other video games released include Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex (2006), Winx Club: Mission Enchantix (2008), Dance Dance Revolution Winx Club (2009), Winx Club: Believix in You (2010), and Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party (2012).[16]

In 2013, Tsumanga Studios released an app for iOS[17] and Android[18] titled Winx Sirenix Power. Other apps based on the series include Winx Fairy School (by Tsumanga Studios) and Winx Club: Rocks the World (by Budge Studios).[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weather & Time. "How Can I Contact Iginio Straffi The Producer Of The Winx Club Series?". ChaCha. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Iginio Straffi". Iginio Straffi. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b Iginio Straffi, Press Page 2
  4. ^ "Konami, 4kids Entertainment And Rainbow S.R.L. Announce Winx Club License Agreement". Game Zone. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Rainbow S.p.A.. "Winx Club". Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Ecco le avventure delle mie Winx". Corriere Adriatico. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  7. ^ Kristin Brzoznowski (2014-04-07). "Rainbow & Nickelodeon Present Winx Club Season Seven". WorldScreen.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  8. ^ "Winx Club News Page". Michael's Winx Club. 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  9. ^ Kristin Brzoznowski (2009-11-09). "Rainbow Extends Winx Club Film Franchise". WorldScreen.com. 
  10. ^ "Winx Club: Magical Adventure". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  11. ^ "Winx Club: Il Mistero degli Abissi - Teaser Trailer Ufficiale del Film". 2014-04-16. 
  12. ^ "The next big thing" by Ann-Marie Corven, TBI Kids June/July 2010 p.6-8
  13. ^ "Nickelodeon and Rainbow S.p.A. Announce Global Partnership for Winx Club Animated Series - NEW YORK, Sept. 2". New York: Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  14. ^ Sad news: @NickelodeonTV is not renewing Winx. Heartbroken. I loved this group so, so much. Thank you, Winx fans. You really are the best. Romi Dames on Twitter. 26 Feb 2014.
  15. ^ "Winx Club - One-Hour Special Ending". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  16. ^ "Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party - Game Info". Nintendo. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  17. ^ "Winx Sirenix Power". iTunes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  18. ^ "Winx Sirenix Power". Google Play. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  19. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (2013-11-27). "Winx Club Unveils New 'Fairy School' Game". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  20. ^ "Winx Club: Rocks the World". Budge Studios. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 

External links[edit]

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