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
Created by Iginio Straffi
Directed by Iginio Straffi
Starring Letizia Ciampa
Perla Liberatori
Ilaria Latini
Gemma Donati
Domitilla D'Amico
Laura Lenghi
Debora Magnaghi
(See also: Cast members)
Opening theme "Under the Sign of Winx" (seasons 1-3, original)
"We are the Winx" (seasons 1-3, 4Kids)
"Winx! (You're Magic Now)" performed by Cymphonique Miller (seasons 3-4, Nickelodeon)
"Winx Are Back" (season 4, original)
"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)
"If You're a Winx" (season 3, original)
"We are the Winx" (instrumental) (seasons 1-3, 4kids)
"Superheroes", performed by Elisa Rosselli (seasons 3-4)
"Underwater Mission", performed by Elisa Rosselli (season 5)
"Living the Magic", performed by Alessia Orlando and Elisa Aramonte (season 6)
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 156 (182 confirmed) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Joanne Lee
Alfred R. Kahn
Norman J. Grossfield
Tom Kenny
Running time 23-24 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) & 576i: SDTV (Sometimes used in the 4th Season)
Audio format Stereo (Season 1–4)
Dolby Surround 5.1 (Season 5–present)
Original run January 28, 2004 – present
Chronology
Related shows PopPixie&Huntik: Secrets & Seekers
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. in co-production with Rai Fiction.[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 successful creation besides the other series Straffi created."[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 Club" 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.

Season 1 (2004)[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 (2005)[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 (2007)[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 events of the third season are followed by those of the first movie, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom.

Season 4 (2009)[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. Nabu dies in the end.

The events of season 4 are followed by those of the second movie, Magical Adventure

Season 5 (2012-2013)[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 5)

Taking place after Magical Adventure, 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. This season mainly focuses on environmental care. Roxy is a minor character in this season.

The events of season 5 are followed by those of the third movie, The Mystery of the Abyss.

Season 6 (2013-2014)[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.

Season 7 (2015)[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 7)

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." [6][7]

Cast[edit]

Across numerous countries and different adaptions of Winx Club, the show is dubbed with various cast members. These include the original Italian cast and English dubbing from Rai English, 4Kids Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The original Italian cast performs the whole show since the first season in 2004. The Rai English cast dubbed around the same time until the fourth season and the second movie. The English cast by 4KidsTV dubbed the first three seasons of the show. Nickelodeon's cast dubbed the third season onwards, in addition to the one hour specials and theatrical cinemas.

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.”

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.[8] On 2 September 2010, Nickelodeon announced through a press release that they will be co-producing seasons 5 and 6 of the series.[9] On February 26, 2014, Romi Dames, the voice of Musa, confirmed that Nickelodeon did not renew the show for a seventh season via Twitter.[10]

The first special's broadcast revealed that Amy Gross is voicing Stella, Alejandra Reynoso is voicing Flora, and Morgan Decker is voicing Tecna.[11] At present, the series has been dubbed into 36 languages worldwide.[citation needed]

DVD releases[edit]

Release name Ep # Company Release date Notes
Vol. 1 Welcome To Magix! 5 Funimation July 12, 2005 4kids dub of season 1 episodes 1-5
Vol. 2 The Power Of Dragon Fire 6 Funimation November 15, 2005 4kids dub of season 1 episodes 6-11
Vol. 3 Bloom's Secret Past 5 Funimation January 17, 2006 4kids dub of season 1 episodes 12-16
Vol. 4 Stolen Dragon Fire 5 Funimation May 23, 2006 4kids dub of season 1 episodes 17-21
Vol. 5 Battle For Alfea 5 Funimation August 29, 2006 4kids dub of season 1 episodes 22-26
Season 2, Vol. 1 Layla And The Pixies 12 Funimation February 13, 2007 4kids dub of season 2 episodes 1-12
Season 2, Vol. 2 Battle For The Codex 14 Funimation September 18, 2007 4kids dub of season 2 episodes 13-26
Season 3, Vol. 1 The Princess Ball 13 Funimation January 27, 2009 4kids dub of season 3 episodes 1-13
Season 3, Vol. 2 Fire and Flame 13 Funimation Canceled 4kids lost the rights to the show before this volume was released it would've contained the 4kids dub of season 3 episodes 14-26
The Secret Of The Lost Kingdom Film + 7 Nickelodeon/Paramount August 7, 2012 Nickelodeon dub of film and season 4 episodes 1-7
Magical Adventure Film + 7 Nickelodeon/Paramount August 13, 2013 Nickelodeon dub of film and season 5 episodes 1-7
The Original Complete Season 1 26 Cinedigm March 25, 2014 Rai English dub of season 1 episodes 1-26
Realm Of Magix: The Original Season 1, Vol. 1 13 Cinedigm March 25, 2014 Rai English dub of season 1 episodes 1-13
Defeating The Trix: The Original Season 1, Vol. 2 13 Cinedigm March 25, 2014 Rai English dub of season 1 episodes 14-26
The Original Complete Season 2 26 Cinedigm November 11, 2014 Rai English dub of season 2 episodes 1-26
The Shadow Phoenix: The Original Season 2, Vol. 1 13 Cinedigm November 11, 2014 Rai English dub of season 2 episodes 1-13

Other media[edit]

Films[edit]

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.[12] 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.

Plot[edit]

The events of the movie follow those of the third season. 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.

Magical Adventure[edit]

On November 9, 2009, it was confirmed that there would be a second Winx Club movie released in 2010.[13] 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.[14] This movie was released with 7 episodes from Season 5.

Plot[edit]

In this film, 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.But they are engaged by the end of the movie.

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 Abyss (Il mistero degli abissi) being chosen. The movie was released in Italy on September 4, 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.[15] An English dub of the movie was released exclusively on Netflix on October 10, 2014.

Plot[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 and save Sky.

Spin-off series[edit]

PopPixie[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.

Winx Club WOW: World of Winx[edit]

In September 2014 it was announced that a spin-off series titled Winx Club WOW: World of Winx would be co-produced by Rainbow S.r.l. and Netflix. Winx Club WOW will be a two season 13 episodes spin-off that will be on Netflix worldwide, with the first season to air in Spring 2016 and the second in Autumn 2016. The girls embark on an undercover journey all around the world looking for talented kids in art, sports, music, and science. These kids have their own kind of magic, and the Winx Club fairies are enchanted by them though it doesn't take long before trouble sets in, and a new and dangerous mystery for Bloom and the others to solve.[16] [17]

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: Join the Club] for the PSP Winx Club: Mission Enchantix (2008), Dance Dance Revolution Winx Club (2009), Winx Club: Believix in You (2010), and Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party (2012).[18]

In 2013, Tsumanga Studios released an app for iOS[19] and Android[20] 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).[21][22]

A Winx Club video game was announced to be released on the Nintendo 3DS titled "Winx Club: Saving Alfea". The game is published by Little Orbit. "Winx Club: Saving Alfea" will feature the Winx Club fairies in their Bloomix power from the sixth season. It is scheduled for a release in the fall of 2014.[23][24]

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. ^ "The next big thing" by Ann-Marie Corven, TBI Kids June/July 2010 p.6-8
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Winx Club - One-Hour Special Ending". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  12. ^ "Winx Club News Page". Michael's Winx Club. 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  13. ^ Kristin Brzoznowski (2009-11-09). "Rainbow Extends Winx Club Film Franchise". WorldScreen.com. 
  14. ^ "Winx Club: Magical Adventure". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  15. ^ "Winx Club: Il Mistero degli Abissi - Teaser Trailer Ufficiale del Film". 2014-04-16. 
  16. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/09/winx-club-wow-spinoff-series-netflix-841008/
  17. ^ https://movies.yahoo.com/news/netflix-orders-winx-club-spinoff-streamer-keeps-kidvid-145149802.html
  18. ^ "Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party - Game Info". Nintendo. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  19. ^ "Winx Sirenix Power". iTunes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  20. ^ "Winx Sirenix Power". Google Play. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  21. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (2013-11-27). "Winx Club Unveils New 'Fairy School' Game". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  22. ^ "Winx Club: Rocks the World". Budge Studios. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  23. ^ "Little Orbit’s E3 2014 lineup". Little Orbit. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  24. ^ "Winx Club: Saving Alfea". Little Orbit. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 

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