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Winx Club
Winx Club Logo.png
Winx Club logo
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)
Composer(s) Michele Bettali
Stefano Carrara
Fabrizio Castania
Maurizio D'Aniello
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 182 (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 (2011–2015)
Nick Jr. (2015-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] It is also broadcast in over 130 countries worldwide.[6] 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] In June 2014, it was announced an agreement with China Central Television for the construction of a theme park dedicated to Winx in Beijing.[7]

Plot[edit]

The show features Bloom and her five best friends, Stella, Musa, Tecna, Flora (and Aisha, who first appears in the second season) as they go on many magical adventures together mainly in the magical universe and on Earth. Throughout the story, they discover new and much stronger fairy powers and transformations, battle against evil witches, and support Bloom as she tries to discover her true origins as a fairy.

Season 1 (2004)[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 1)

Bloom, a supposedly ordinary girl from planet Earth, discovers her own magical abilities when she saves Stella, a fairy princess who persuades Bloom to join Alfea College for Fairies in the magical universe; where she, Stella, and their three best friends and roommates-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 great enemies; including a trio of witch sisters calling themselves the Trix: Icy (who can control ice, frost, hair, cold, sleet, and snow), Darcy (who uses her manipulative and hypnotic, dark-based powers to bring down her enemies), and Stormy (who can control and manipulate air, thunder, and lightning). Together, the Winx go through many adventures and discover many secrets while fighting their enemies and studying the different kinds of fairy magic 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/Aisha, and their new friends the Pixies, the Winx will have to fight this new threat and acquire a secondary fairy transformation called Charmix, which greatly enhances their unique magical abilities and spells tenfold. 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 icy prison in the frozen Omega Dimension by the Trix and who took part in the destruction of Domino and shares a dark past with Bloom, her elder sister Daphne, and her long-lost birth parents, Oritel and Marion. The Winx will also have to earn a new and much more powerful transformation called Enchantix to become full-fledged Guardian fairies and Aisha/Layla meets a young wizard, Ophere (it is later revealed that his real name is Nabu, who is the arranged fiancee of Aisha), with whom she despises at first but slowly falls in love with him.

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 stole the magic from the Earth fairies and 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 of Earth, Roxy (who is the Fairy of Animals) from being captured by the wizards. They also earn three new fairy transformations to restore all magic on Earth: Believix, Sophix and Lovix. In an epic and fatal battle between the Winx and the wizards, Nabu is killed trying to save the terrestrial fairies from being destroyed again; causing a heartbroken and vengeful Aisha to want revenge on the wizards. Realizing that revenge isn't the answer, Aisha and the Winx defeat and trap the wizards in the Omega Dimension, and restore the lost magic on Earth; making the world a sweeter and more richer place.

These events of are followed by those of the second CG 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 cousin Tritannus who turned evil because his twin brother was crowned king of the Mermaid Kingdom instead of him and allied with the Trix and polluting oceans around the universe in a quest to take over the Magic Dimension. To defeat them, the Winx must achieve the power of Sirenix and prove their self-confidence, empathy and courage; despite the curse that haunts the ancient sea/ocean-themed power. Aisha also meets Roy, a specialist towards whom she is attracted to while Bloom is trying to save her elder sister, Daphne, both from the Curse of Sirenix and from Tritannus who has captured her. In the end, Bloom wishes for the curse of Sirenix to be broken forever; thus restoring Daphne to a physical body of living flesh and blood after several years as a ghostly spirit.

The events of season 5 are followed by those of the third CG 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 an extremely powerful and dangerous magic book called the Legendarium, which can make all of the various myths and legends of the universe become reality. However the Winx lose all their powers during a battle against the Trix and they will have to obtain two new transformations, Bloomix, which comes from Bloom's Dragon Flame, and Mythix, the power they need to enter the Legendarium world. During their quest to lock the indestructible Legendarium for good, the Winx discover what they need to face the Trix, who are planning to conquer all magic schools in all of Magix. In addition, the Winx eventually learn that Selina is actually working for and obeying Acheron; a supremely powerful sorcerer trapped within the only blank page of the Legendarium that he himself created. And, that Selina is secretly scheming against the Trix to gain a magical power great enough for her to release her master into the real world. Strongly convinced that Acheron would give her extraordinary powers once she released him, Selina tried many hidden attempts to obtain the great powers of each of the magic schools. But when the Trix adamantly refused to share any of their enhanced dark magic, a desperate Selina turned her attention to Bloom's all-powerful Dragon Flame.

In the end, she succeeds in stealing a small spark of Bloom's limitless Dragon Flame and releases Acheron at last. Unfortunately, for Selina, her master/advisor turned against her; regardless of her strong sense of devotion and loyalty to him, and revealed that he had never intended for her to rule alongside him as the strongest witch. After permanently sealing the Trix inside the Legendarium, the dark sorcerer planned to dominate the whole magic universe. Bloom went alone into the Legendarium world, where she battled Acheron one-on-one and later defeated him by trapping him inside the Infinity Box. Selina redeems herself in the Winx's eyes by returning all magic to the magic schools, and willingly uses the key to lock the evil Legendarium book forever. Selina and Bloom reconcile, and they all go to Domino to celebrate the wedding of Daphne and Thoren.

Season 7 (2015)[edit]

Main article: Winx Club (season 7)

The seventh season focuses on the rare and powerful fairy animals; each one possessing a great magical power or talent that maintains order in the universe. Ms. Faragonda presents the Alfea Natural Park to Roxy and the Winx, where she helped save the last remaining species of the fairy animals. However, an evil fairy named Kalshara (who has a deep history with Faragonda herself) will stop at nothing to capture all of the fairy animals and obtain their ultimate power with the help of her clumsy brother Brafilius. To stop her, the Winx must find the most ancient of fairy animals who possesses both the first color of the magic universe, and the ultimate power before Kalshara, which enable the evil former fairy complete control over all the fairy animals. The Winx will achieve two additional fairy transformations; Butterflix and Tynix.

As the Fairy of Animals, Roxy plays a much larger role in finding endangered animals on all the worlds (including Earth) where they help any animal (whether magical or ordinary) in dire need with their Animal Rescue Shelter in Gardenia. The Winx Club will use their newfound Tynix powers to enter the ecosystem lands that maintains the order of each of the fairy animals.'

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Princess Bloom of Domino Main
Princess Stella of Solaria Main
Flora of Lynphea Main
Musa of Melody Main
Tecna of Zenith Main
Princess Aisha of Andros Main
Princess Roxy of Tir Nan Og Main Recurring Main
Princess Daphne of Domino Recurring Main Recurring
King Sky of Eraklyon Main
Squire Brandon of Eraklyon Main
Riven Main TBA
Timmy Main
Helia Main
Nabu of Andros Main Recurring
Roy of Andros Recurring TBA

Voice cast[edit]

4Kids Entertainment[edit]

DuArt Film and Video[edit]

Nickelodeon dub[edit]

Italian/Original[edit]

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," premiered on September 29, 2013 on Nick. After the 8th episode, episodes 9-20 were streamed on Nickelodeon's website. On July 26, 2015, Winx Club moved to Nick Jr.[8] In Italy, the season aired 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.[9] 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 one in March 2015. Nick Jr. will be airing the 8 episodes that Nickelodeon streamed along with the remaining episodes in the sixth season starting on July 26, 2015.[10]

It has been officially announced that a seventh season of Winx Club will be produced, slated for 2015. Instead of its original country of Italy, the seventh season premiered in Greece on May 24, 2015. English episodes premiered in Asia on June 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015 and the UK on the 4th July, 2015. Winx Club moved to Nick Jr. on July 26, 2015 in the United States.[11]

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 announced through a press release that they will be co-producing seasons 5 and 6 of the series.[13]

The first special's broadcast revealed that Amy Gross is voicing Stella, Alejandra Reynoso is voicing Flora, and Morgan Decker is voicing Tecna.[14] 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
Cinelume dub of season 1 episodes 1–26
Realm Of Magix: The Original Season 1, Vol. 1 13 Cinedigm
March 25, 2014
Cinelume dub of season 1 episodes 1–13
Defeating The Trix: The Original Season 1, Vol. 2 13 Cinedigm
March 25, 2014
Cinelume dub of season 1 episodes 14–26
The Original Complete Season 2 26 Cinedigm
November 11, 2014
Cinelume dub of season 2 episodes 1–26
The Shadow Phoenix: The Original Season 2, Vol. 1 13 Cinedigm
November 11, 2014
Cinelume 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19][20]

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).[21]

In 2013, Tsumanga Studios released an app for iOS[22] and Android[23] 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).[24][25]

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.[26][27]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ http://www.winxclub.com/en/news/winx-club-season-6-nick-jr
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ http://www.winxclub.com/en/news/winx-club-season-6-nick-jr
  11. ^ http://www.winxclub.com/en/news/winx-club-season-6-nick-jr
  12. ^ "The next big thing" by Ann-Marie Corven, TBI Kids June/July 2010 p.6-8
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  24. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (2013-11-27). "Winx Club Unveils New 'Fairy School' Game". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  25. ^ "Winx Club: Rocks the World". Budge Studios. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  26. ^ "Little Orbit’s E3 2014 lineup". Little Orbit. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  27. ^ "Winx Club: Saving Alfea". Little Orbit. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 

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