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Winx Club
Winx Club Logo.png
Winx Club logo
Genre Action, comedy-drama, fantasy, adventure, romance
Created by Ignio 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)
Composer(s) Michele Bettali
Stefano Carrara
Fabrizio Castania
Maurizio D'Aniello
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
No. of seasons 7 (6 completed in Italy)
No. of episodes 156 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Joanne Lee
Alfred R. Kahn
Norman J. Grossfield
Tom Kenny
Running time 23–24 minutes
Release
Original channel Rai 2 (2004–present)
Fox (4Kids TV) (2004–2008)
Nickelodeon (2011–present)
Picture format 480i: SDTV (Season 1–4)
1080i: HDTV (Season 5–present) and 576i: SDTV (sometimes used in Season 4)
Audio format Stereo (Season 1–4)
Dolby Surround 5.1 (Season 5–present)
Original release 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][better source needed] 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 (who is sometimes called Layla, in some occasions)as they 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, Layla, 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 who, at first, isn't a Specialist but becomes a Specialist and 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(Layla) 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 three new powers : Believix, Sophix, and Lovix. Nabu enters into a coma-like state.

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, the Winx Club battle Aisha's evil cousin Tritannus, who's aligned with the Trix in a quest to take over the Magic Dimension. To defeat the, the Winx must achieve the power of Sirenix and prove their self-confidence, empathy and courage. 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 sisters return yet again, but this time they manage to take over Cloud Tower. Allying themselves with a first-year student-Selina, the Witch of Snakes-the Trix are ready to conquer all magic schools in the magic universe. Selina possesses an extremely powerful and dangerous magical book called the Legendarium, which gives Selina the rare ability to make various myths and legends, and even fictional characters come alive simply by reading them out loud. However, a confrontation with Selina and the Legendarium she holds, causes all of the Winx Club to be stripped of all of their powers; except Bloom, whose magic is derived from the inextinguishable Dragon Fire. Bloom shares fragments of her almighty Dragon Flame with the others, which sustains their inner strength and access to a new transformation, Bloomix.

Unbeknownst to the Trix, Selina has agendas of her own: She is, in truth, working for an evil sorcerer by the name of Acheron, who is trapped inside the Legendarium he himself created. Selina has promised to follow his orders and release him in return for extraordinarily strong powers, and knowledge on harnessing all the evil powers of the Legendarium to their full potential. To become strong enough to release Acheron, Selina's initial objective was to obtain the great powers of each of the magic schools the Trix conquered and use them to free him. But as the Trix adamantly refused to share any of their powers, Selina turned to another alternative-Bloom's Dragon Fire. In order to lock the indestructible Legendarium once and for all, the Winx travel to Earth, Gardenia, to find Eldora, the fairy godmother who knows how to lock the evil book. She takes the Winx to the terrestrial fairies' mystical realm of Tir Nan Og, where they find the Ancestral Wands that contain the great power of Mythix. Once they become Mythix fairies, the Winx enter the Legendarium world itself in order to find the Fantasy Emerald and the Silver Spear; the artifacts that will enable them to create the Legendarium key and lock the book forever.

Season 7 (2015)[edit]

It was announced that a seventh season of Winx Club was in production. In 2014, it was also announced that the partnership between Rainbow S.r.l. and Nickelodeon will not be renewed and that Nickelodeon will no longer co-produce Winx Club. It is unknown if Season 7 will be produced by Rainbow S.r.l. only or if it will be co-produced along with another partner. The summary for the season is "Each fairy animal 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!"

"Winx Club series 7 carries on the theme of recent Winx releases by carrying a strong environmental message. In this adventure the fairies discover the real importance of the rare Fairy Animals, which they must save from Kalshara, an evil shape-shifter and her clumsy brother, Brafilius. The theme of endangered animals recurs throughout the series as the Winx establish an Animal Rescue Park on Earth, where they look after vulnerable animals such as pandas and tigers. The girls also undertake missions in the Magic Dimension and Earth to raise public awareness about the animal cause. This builds to their final mission – to discover the ultimate power of the Fairy Animals, which can give control over all the animals of the Magic Universe."

Season 7 premiered in Greece on May 24, 2015. English episodes premiered on Nickelodeon Indonesia on June 22, 2015 to June 26, 2015. It will premiere in the UK on July 4, 2015.

Cast[edit]

Across numerous countries and different adaptations of Winx Club, the show is dubbed with various cast members. These include the original Italian cast and English dubbing from Cinelume, 4Kids Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The original Italian cast performs the whole show since the first season in 2004. The Cinelume cast dubbed around the same time until the fourth season and the second movie. It then later picked up and dubbed Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss after Nickelodeon ended its partnership with Rainbow S.R.L. The English cast by 4KidsTV dubbed the first three seasons of the show. Nickelodeon's cast dubbed the third season to the sixth season, in addition to the one-hour specials and theatrical cinemas.

DuArt Film and Video (2015-Present)[edit]

Cast member Character Notes
Yavin Ahmed
Bloom
Lead role; 2015
Yavin Ahmed
Stella
Main role; 2015
Yavin Ahmed
Flora
Main role; 2015
Kate Bristol
Musa
Main role; 2015
Saskia Maarleveld
Tecna
Main role; 2015
Alysha Deslorieux
Layla/Aisha
Main role; 2015
Yavin Ahmed
Roxy
Main role; 2015
Billy Bob Thompson
Sky
Main role; 2015
Jake Paque
Brandon
Main role; 2015
Wayne Grayson
Timmy
Main role; 2015
Eileen Stevens
Kalshara
Main role; 2015
Marc Thompson
Brafilius
Main role; 2015
Erica Schroeder
Faragonda
Main role; 2015 [6]

List of episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Rai 2 airdates
(Italy)
4Kids TV
(USA)
Nickelodeon
(USA)
Season premiere Season finale Season premiere Season finale Season premiere Season finale
1 26 January 28, 2004 March 26, 2004 June 19, 2004 December 11, 2004 N/A*
2 26 April 19, 2005 July 14, 2005 September 10, 2005 March 11, 2006 N/A*
3 26 January 29, 2007 March 28, 2007 September 30, 2006 September 22, 2007 November 14, 2011 December 26, 2011
4 26 April 15, 2009 November 13, 2009 N/A May 6, 2012 July 29, 2012
5 26 October 16, 2012 April 24, 2013 N/A August 26, 2012 September 22, 2013
6 26 January 6, 2014 August 4, 2014 N/A September 29, 2013 TBA
  • *In place of the first two seasons, Nickelodeon aired the one-hour specials to recap both seasons one and two.
Theatrical features Title Italian release dates American release dates
1 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom November 30, 2007 March 11, 2012
2 Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure October 29, 2010 May 20, 2013
3 Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss September 4, 2014 October 10, 2014 (Netflix)

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. Cartoon Network also aired Winx Club in 2005 on their afternoon block Miguzi. 4Kids TV continued its initial run until September 22, 2007, airing all three seasons. The show returned to 4Kids TV's schedule on April 12, 2008 and was aired up until December 27, 2008. On July 18, 2009, reruns of the series moved to the CW's programming block The CW4Kids, and aired until July 17, 2010. 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 from November 14, 2011 to December 26, 2011. The fourth season, "Winx Club: The Power of Believix", aired from May 6, 2012 to July 29, 2012. The fifth season, "Winx Club: Beyond Believix", premiered 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," aired between September 29, 2013 and February 16, 2014 on Nick and, in Italy, from January 6, 2014 until its conclusion on August 4, 2014.

On February 26, 2014, Romi Dames, the voice actress of Musa, stated that Nickelodeon will no longer be airing Winx Club after Season 6 via Twitter.[7] On May 17, 2014, Nickelodeon streamed 8 unaired episodes of the sixth season on their official website. Nickelodeon has since released 4 more unaired episodes. Three episodes were streamed between late January 2015 and March 2015. As of June 2015, there are six unaired episodes remaining and it is unknown when they will be streamed on Nickelodeon's website.

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]

The first special's broadcast revealed that Amy Gross is voicing Stella, Alejandra Reynoso is voicing Flora, and Morgan Decker is voicing Tecna.[10] At present, the series has been dubbed into 36 languages worldwide.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

Opening Themes[edit]

  • "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 (One hour specials 1–4, 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)
  • "We're Magic All the Way", performed by Alessia Orlando (season 7)

Closing Themes[edit]

  • "The Girls of the Winx Club" (seasons 1–2, original)
  • "If You're a Winx" (season 3, original)
  • "Superheroes", performed by Elisa Rosselli (One hour specials 1–4, seasons 3–4, Nickelodeon)
  • "Underwater Mission", performed by Elisa Rosselli (season 5)
  • "Living the Magic", performed by Alessia Orlando and Elisa Aramonte (season 6)
  • "The Magic World of Winx" (Season 7)

DVD releases[edit]

Release name Ep no. 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.[11] 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.

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.[12] 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.[13] This movie was released with 7 episodes from Season 5.

In this film, the Trix, allied with the Ancestral Witches, manage to make almost all the good/positive 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 world's tragic fate that led its destruction eighteen years ago, and why Sky's father King Erendor does not want him to marry her.

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 theatrically 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.[14] A Rai English dub of the movie was released exclusively on Netflix on October 10, 2014. Despite the entire fifth season being produced in Nickelodeon dub, the following movie was not.

Taking place before the sixth season, the Trix try to activate the might of the Emperor's Throne and inadvertently free the evil nymph and Sirenix fairy, Politea. They kidnap Sky to free Tritannus from Oblivion and acquire a magical pearl from the Coral Wreath that will allow them to obtain the vast and unequaled power of the Emperor's Throne. The Winx will have to go on a Sirenix mission in the endless depths of 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-episode 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.[15][16]

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).[17]

In 2013, Tsumanga Studios released an app for iOS[18] and Android[19] 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).[20][21]

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 was scheduled for a release in the fall of 2014.[22][23]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Rainbow S.p.A.. "Winx Club". Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Winx Club - Season 7 - Official Closing Credits Song - EXCLUSIVE!". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "The next big thing" by Ann-Marie Corven, TBI Kids June/July 2010 p.6-8
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  11. ^ "Winx Club News Page". Michael's Winx Club. 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  12. ^ Kristin Brzoznowski (2009-11-09). "Rainbow Extends Winx Club Film Franchise". WorldScreen.com. 
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  14. ^ "Winx Club: Il Mistero degli Abissi - Teaser Trailer Ufficiale del Film". 2014-04-16. 
  15. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/09/winx-club-wow-spinoff-series-netflix-841008/
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  17. ^ "Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party - Game Info". Nintendo. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  18. ^ "Winx Sirenix Power". iTunes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
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  20. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (2013-11-27). "Winx Club Unveils New 'Fairy School' Game". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  21. ^ "Winx Club: Rocks the World". Budge Studios. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  22. ^ "Little Orbit’s E3 2014 lineup". Little Orbit. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
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