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Winx Club
Winx Club Logo.png
Winx Club logo for 2009-present.
Genre Fantasy, action, adventure
Format Animation
Created by Iginio Straffi
Directed by Iginio Straffi
Composer(s) Michele Bettali
Stefano Carrara
Fabrizio Castania
Maurizio D'Aniello
Country of origin Italy
Language(s) Italian
English
German
French
No. of seasons 4 (6 announced)
No. of episodes 104 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Joanna Lee
Alfred R. Kahn
Norman J. Grossfield
Tom Kenney
Running time 19-23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Rai Due, 4KidsTV, Nickelodeon
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original run 28 January 2004 (2004-01-28) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Winx Club is a 2004 Italian animated television series, created by Iginio Straffi and produced by Rainbow S.r.l.. The series is aimed toward children between the ages of five and twelve,[1] but is also popular among teens. It has spawned an international franchise of toys, books, clothing, video games, DVDs, as well as two CGI feature films.

Apart from the English language version of the series done by Cinélume in Canada for various international markets, 4Kids Entertainment in the United States made an alternative version by changing dialogue and music and altering some visuals and situations. Their dub was discontinued in 2007 after the third season. In 2011, Nickelodeon aired four one-hour specials that summarizes seasons one and two, as well as airing seasons 3 and 4 in full complete seasons.

Contents

  Production and development

Iginio Straffi first wished to create a show aimed mainly at girls like Sailor Moon in 2000, when children's programming was dominated by boy-oriented shows.[2]

  Plot

The story follows Bloom and her friends Stella, Flora, Techna, Musa, Layla (Aisha), and is situated mainly in the Magical Dimension and on Earth. They call themselves "The Winx Club" and go on countless adventures together. Throughout the story, they discover new transformations, unlock secrets and powers, battle against the darkness and support Bloom as she tries to discover her past.

  First season

Bloom, a supposedly ordinary girl from planet Earth, and her pet Kiko live a perfectly normal life in the city of Gardenia with her mother and father, until she stumbles upon Stella, a princess from the planet Solaria, who is in trouble. Coming to Stella's aid, Bloom discovers her dormant magical abilities and powers when she dodges a group of monsters and attacks an ogre. Stella persuades Bloom to join Alfea, a school for fairies in the Magical Dimension. She agrees and leaves Gardenia and her parents. At Alfea, Bloom forms the Winx Club, whose members are her four friends and roommates: Stella, and the three friends she meets at Alfea: Musa, Tecna, and Flora. Later in the series they encounter and befriend the Specialists: Brandon, Riven, Timmy, and Sky, who also become their love interests. They will also encounter their enemies, a trio of witches calling themselves the Trix:[nb 1] Icy, Darcy, and Stormy. They are witches from Cloudtower, a school for witches and dark magic that is roughly equivalent to Alfea, and are in search of the power of the Dragon Fire which is supposedly in Stella's magic ring. However, they realize that the Dragon Fire is the source of Bloom's powers, which they try to steal from her. Their ruthless pursuit of the ring leads to many encounters and battles with the Winx. Leading up to the final battle in which the evil Trix get defeated. Bloom also begins to learn the secrets of her home planet, birth parents, and powers and abilities. Bloom had a boyfriend Paul, who makes his debut in season 4. Bloom is heartbroken by Brandon, who appears to be Prince Sky as him and the real Brandon swicthed identities.

  Second season

After their summer vacation, the Winx return to Alfea to begin their second year. They meet a new fairy, Aisha (Layla), who asks for their help in rescuing her pixie friends who are being held hostage by Lord Darkar, who wanted to find out where the Pixies' Village was in order to steal one of the four pieces of the Codex (one in each Pixie Village, Redfountain, Cloudtower, and Alfea) which would open the portal to the Realm of Realix, the underground realm in which the ultimate power is being hidden away by Lord Darkar in his fortress. When their plan doesn't work out, Sky expresses his true feelings to Bloom to bring back her true self, and Bloom uses her great healing powers to heal everyone she hurt after she turned into Dark Bloom. She defeats Lord Darkar, also Aisha (Layla) becomes the sixth Winx Club member. All the winx girls find a bonded fairy.

Bloom - Lockette, pixie of Portals.

Stella - Amore, Pixie of Love.

Aisha/Layla - Piff, Pixie of sweet dreams.

Musa - Tune, Pixie of Etiquette.

Flora - Chatta, Pixie of Gossip.

Tecna - Didgit, Pixie of Nanotechnology.

  Third season

Previously banished to the Omega Dimension, the Trix[nb 1] are able to escape with Valtor,[nb 2] a sorcerer partially responsible for the destruction of Bloom's home planet, Domino.(Sparx)[nb 3] They choose to cooperate and plan to invade several areas in the realm of Magix and seek vengeance on those who imprisoned them, by stealing their exceptionally strong and powerful magic mystic treasures and power sources of each realm. With the Enchantix, Flora, Stella, Aisha, Tecna and Musa are able to use incredible and strong power and are able to miniaturize. Bloom, however cannot miniaturize due to the fact that her Enchantix is not complete. The Winx begin their third and final year at Alfea, learning about their unique Enchantix transformations, acquired by sacrificing themselves for someone from their home world and showing great courage and sacrifice in doing so. Bloom also learns more about her home planet sparks as well as the truth about where her birth parents are.

  Fourth season

The fourth season of the Winx Club debuted on 15 April 2009. Takes place after the events of Secret of the Lost Kingdom. The Winx are back at Alfea, but this time as the teachers. They learn about a new transformation called Believix, which can only be accessed when people in a non-magic world (such as Earth) start to believe in magic and fairies. Faragonda also teaches them that there are infinite stages of transformation. The Winx also bump into the Wizards of The Black Circle, a group of wizards who trapped all the fairies in Earth and are back to get one they left behind. The Winx girls and Specialists have to track the Wizards of the Black Circle to Gardenia, Bloom's Earth town and save the last Earth fairy while trying to get people on Earth to believe in magic.

  Future

In the United States, The license for 4KidsTV expired in 2009, and sought out a new partner.[3] On 2 September 2010, Nickelodeon announced [4] through a press release that they will be co-producing seasons 5 and 6 of Winx Club.

In early January 2011, it was announced that Keke Palmer will be playing the voice of Layla (Aisha). In late March 2011, Molly Quinn announced she will be voicing Bloom.[5] Josh Keaton announced that he will voice Valtor in season 3.[6] Ariana Grande announced on 22 May via Twitter that she will be voicing Princess Diaspro, a minor villain, in the new dub.[7] Romi Dames has also announced that she will voice Musa and Helia will be played by David Faustino from Married... with Children. [8] Elizabeth Gillies is playing Daphne and Matt Shively is playing Sky.[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][11]

  Fifth Season

Season five will air in September 2012 in Italy, and is set after the Winx Club 3D movie (The Magical Adventure). It will also air in North America and other regions in September 2012. Nickelodeon publically announced in 2010 that it had gained the licencing rights for Winx Club in several countries and would co-produce seasons 5 and 6 with Rainbow. However, it has not been licenced by Nickelodeon for India. Earth Fairy Roxy will return, but not the seventh member of the Winx Club . It been confirmed that a new fairy will make an appearance. There will be two new transformations, Harmonix and Sirenix. The new main villain is Tritannus.

  Sixth Season

Season six has been confirmed to be co-produced by both Rainbow S.r.l and Nickelodeon in 2013. It is scheduled to air in North America in 2013 as well as in Italy in 2013.

  Characters

  Winx

The Winx are a group of fairies formed by Bloom in the beginning of the first season. Initially, it was a group of five fairies: Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa and Tecna. Layla[nb 4] joined the group in the second season after some conflict with the villain of the season, Lord Darkar. In the original version, the word "Winx," as Bloom suggests, has no meaning, although in the edits made by 4Kids Entertainment, it is the word for the magical power that fairies have.

  • Bloom (Season 1-present): She is the Fairy of the Dragon Flame. She discovered her dormant magical powers after coming to the aid of another fairy, Stella. She is always available to help her friends. Shortly after arriving at Alfea, she discovers that she is the fairy of the Dragon Flame. She is also one of the strongest fairies in the magical dimension. She is the princess and last survivor of her planet Domino.But later on in the second movie, Bloom finds her parents and Domino becomes the place it use to be. She owns a blueish bunny named Kiko, a befriended pixie cat Ron (in the movie Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom), and a horse/pegasus named Peg (in the movie Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure). Her pixie is Lockette, the pixie of mazes and portals. Her magical pet is Belle, a green and white sheep. She is Sky's fiancee after he proposes to her in the movie Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom. She is loved by many Winx Club fans and is the main character. She is also the one who created the "Winx Club" and she is very sensitive but kind. She is voiced by Molly C. Quinn in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Flora (Season 1-present): She is the Fairy of Nature. She is a very kind-hearted and sensitive girl with a passion for nature and life. Happy and intelligent, she is always a sweet, loyal friend and does not believe in hurting others or the environment. She is extremely fond of plants and nature and her room consequently resembles a greenhouse. She comes from the planet Linphea (Fifth Moon of Marigold in the 4kids dub). Her pixie is Chatta, the pixie of gossip. In the third season, it is revealed that Flora has a younger sister named Miele ("Rose" in the edits made by 4Kids Entertainment). Her magical pet is Coco, a pink cat. She is Helia's girlfriend. She is voiced by Alejandra Reyonso in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Stella (Season 1-present): She is the Fairy of the Shining Sun (Nick dub)(Fairy of the Sun and Moon in 4Kids dub) She is a talkative "girly girl." She tends to be spontaneous and dislikes extensive planning, but she is able to recognize when her help is needed. Stella is also infamous amongst the Alfea students for blowing up a laboratory. Her mother represents the moon and her father represents the sun. She is the princess of the planet, Solaria her birthplace, making her the only heir to the throne. It is revealed in season one that her mother and father are divorced, but she wishes they would get back together, as is shown in season three. Her pixie is Amore, the pixie of love, and her magical pet is Ginger, a white poodle. She is Brandon's fiancee. Bloom and Stella are best friends. She is voiced by Amy Gross in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Tecna (Season 1-present): She is the Fairy of Technology and can control everything provided by technology. She is always logical and rational, and initially had trouble expressing her emotions. She is also a bit of a perfectionist and speaks in a technical and matter-of-fact manner. She is extremely intelligent and strong in technology and mathematics and enjoys playing video games. She is also pretty athletic, and enjoys doing sports. She can act cold and rational at times, but always tries to do the right thing. She is the fairy of technology . Her pixie is Digit, the pixie of nanotechnology. Her magical pet is Chicko, a yellow duck. She is Timmy's girlfriend. She is voiced by Morgan Decker in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Musa (Season 1-present): She is the Fairy of Music gets her energy from all kinds of music. She loves all forms of music. Although she tries to put up a tough front to isolate herself and is often pessimistic, she is a loyal and caring friend. She is a bit of a tomboy but can be girly at many times. She is pale and appears to be of Asian descent, with blue-black pigtails and blue eyes. Musa is the fairy of music, She is the princess of the planet, Melody (Harmonic Nebula in the 4kids dub) so she grew with music all around her. Her mother was a great singer and her father is a great pianist and could also play the cello. Her pixie is Tune, the pixie of manners, who often gets on Musa's nerves since they are almost the exact opposite of each other in terms of personalities. Her magical pet is Pepe, a brown bear. She was Riven's girlfriend. Musa and Riven had some difficulties because Riven got jealous and thought Musa was cheating on him, so they broke up but after they realized they couldn't be apart from each other. She is voiced by Romi Dames in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Layla/Aisha (Season 2-present):[nb 5] She is the Fairy of Waves and is able to manipulate a pink fluid called Morphix to take on any form she chooses. Layla is the Princess of the planet Andros (Tides in the 4kids dub). She has a restless, rebellious and wild nature. She appears to be African-American. Layla is more of an athlete, a fighter, dancer and wind-raider rider compared to the rest of the group. She is also a feminist and thus opposes Riven, a chauvinist. She is the fairy of waves She joins the Winx Club in the second season and brings her pixie friends along with her. Her pixie is Piff, the pixie of sweet dreams, who quite frequently helps her with her troubling nightmares. Her magical pet is Milly, a white rabbit. She was Nabu's fiancee,but when he saved the Warrior Earth fairies, he goes into a coma. Thinking he's dead, Layla joins the Warrior Earth Fairies to avenge her love. But, she eventually comes back to the winx club.She is voiced by Keke Palmer in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Roxy (Season 4-present): She is the Fairy of Animals. Roxy is the last Earth fairy. The Winx fairies' newest mission is to protect Roxy from Wizards of the Black Circle, who are after her, her power is the power of animals which makes her the fairy of animals. She also lives in Gardenia, just like Bloom, making the two close. The Winx girls noticed her in The Frutti Music Bar, where her father and herself work, and got to be friends with her later in the season. As the fairy of Animals, she owns a pet dog, Artu, whom she loves very much and despises anyone who tries to hurt him. Roxy is very much her own person and in the beginning it was hard for the Winx to get through to her. She has a stubborn personality, but softens as she gets to know Bloom and her friends. She is also the daughter of Morgana, the Queen of the earth fairies, making Roxy the Princess of the Earth fairies. At the end of the fourth season, Head Mistress Faragonda shows up at the Frutti Music Bar, where Roxy then takes the offer of going back to Alfea with the girls and studying more about her powers. She is voiced by Liliana Mumy in the Nickelodeon dub.

  The Trix

The Trix[nb 6] as their rulers by taking away Bloom's power, The Dragon Flame (Fire). Until Bloom managed to believe in herself and use all of the power that was still in her and destroy The Trix. They were arrested in the end of the first season, but they escaped with the help of Lord Darkar in the beginning of the second season. He gave them their Gloomix which multiplies their power. In the third season, they worked with Valtor But in the end, they were arrested again. The Trix did not appear in the fourth season. They made a comeback in the second film as minions of the Ancestral Witches. It's confirmed that the Trix will return in Season 5 and are likely to gain a power up.

  • Icy (Season 1-3, 5): The leader and oldest of the trio, her name refers to her powers of ice. She enjoys torturing pixies and despises Bloom and her friends, therefore she is most competitive with the girls for the whole series. She is the most powerful of the three. In comparison to her sisters, she is more aggressive than Darcy, but calmer than Stormy. In season two, Darkar gives Icy a light blue necklace(Gloomix) that makes a perfect shape around her neck then makes a wider circle shape and ends with a diamond. Icy is also given the form Disenchantix in season 3, as do Stormy and Darcy. She is voiced by Larisa Oleynik in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Darcy (Season 1-3, 5): Darcy's powers works with all forms of darkness, including illusions, as her name suggests ("Darcy" meaning "Dark One"). She enjoys tormenting fairies and is less aggressive than her sisters. Darcy hypnotized Riven, getting him to turn on the fairies, for most of season one. In season two, Darkar gives Darcy a jewelry (Gloomix) that goes on the back of her hand to her elbow, which is purple on her left hand. She is voiced by Jennifer Cody in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Stormy (Season 1-3, 5): The youngest of the trio, her powers involve lightning, storms, and weather. She has the worst temper of the group and is prone to violent outbursts. She often does not think before she does something. Stormy is Musa's rival for most of the series. In season two, Darkar gives Stormy a jewelry (Gloomix) that goes on the back of her hand all the way up to her elbow, which is violet on her right hand. She is voiced by Kimberly Brooks in the Nickelodeon dub.

  The Specialists

The Specialists are students who attend an all-boys school near Alfea, the Redfountain School for Specialists. The following six Specialists (Nabu did not appear in the first and the second season.) have become the boyfriends of the Winx girls.

  • Sky (Season 1-present): The former Prince of Eraklyon, he feels stifled by his position. He has medium blonde hair and became the king of Eraklyon in the first movie, Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom. Because he is in love with Bloom, he refuses to marry Diaspro, the girl of his parents' choice. At the start of the first season, Sky does not use his real name, because he wanted to see what it was like to be a normal guy as well as to divert any threats to his life. Therefore he and Brandon switched identities for a while. He is Brandon's best friend. Sky is Bloom's fiancee. He is voiced by Matt Shively in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Brandon (Season 1-present): He is a great swordsman and ladies' man. He has short brown hair with a very long fringe. He and Stella developed a romantic interest between each other throughout the series. In the first season, Brandon switched identities with Sky for Sky wanted to experience life as a commoner. He and Sky are the strongest of the group and among the best students at Red Fountain. He is best friends with Sky. Brandon is Stella's fiancee. He is voiced by Adam Gregory (actor) in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Timmy (Season 1-present): The brains of the group, he comes from a long line of scientists. He has short, ginger hair. He is shy, sweet, and smart. Both Tecna and Timmy love technology, making them an obvious couple. When Tecna sacrificed herself for the sake of the whole magic dimension and got trapped in the Omega Dimension, Timmy felt depressed and missed her a lot, often falling into trances. He, however, regained confidence when the team rescued Tecna. He is an expert pilot and mechanic. His weapon of choice is a plasma gun, but occasionally he also picks up a yellow phantorapier. He is shown to have less fighting skills but has the most intellect, which proves very useful to the team. Timmy is Tecna's boyfriend and Helia's best friend. He is voiced by in Charlie Schlatter the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Riven (Season 1-present): A lone wolf, very competitive, really easy to get jealous but good at sports, he is also very stubborn. He has short, spiked, raspberry colored hair. His mother left him in his young age and so he is wary of women in general. He was Musa's boyfriend, and although the couple occasionally have some flaws in their relationship, their relationship has been improving and blossoming by the end of the fourth season. At first, Riven had a connection with Cloud Tower because he was controlled under a spell which Darcy cast on him, until the witches realized they did not need him anymore and locked him up. Luckily, he escaped and rejoined the good guys. His weapon of choice is either a reddish purple phantosaber or a meteor hammer. Riven is best friends with Nabu. He is voiced by Sam Riegel in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Helia (Season 2-present): An artistic student, he is a great pilot and a pacifist. Helia is a nephew of the headmaster of Red Fountain, Saladin. He has long blue-black hair tied into a loose ponytail in the second and third season but cuts it to short spiky fringes in the fourth season. He is also very romantic and shy about directly speaking about his feelings. He is very good at using his laser string glove and tries to help everyone with it. He was a top student in Red Fountain in his first year until he decided to quit and study art at another school. He came back for his second year at Red Fountain and joined Sky's squad. Helia is the oldest of all the boys because he would have been in his third year at the start of the first season had he not dropped out to go to art school. Both Helia and Flora love nature and cannot bear to see someone harm it. Helia is best friends with Timmy and is Flora's boyfriend. He is voiced by David Faustino in the Nickelodeon dub.
  • Nabu (Season 3-4): A man of nobility born in Andros,[nb 7] the same planet Layla (Aisha) is from. He is engaged to Layla (Aisha) and secretly left his home planet under the identity of "Ophir" to discover who his would-be wife was and find out what she was truly like. The Winx and the Specialists thought that he was a spy for Valtor. He saved the team on multiple occasions and helped defeat Valtor. He gained Layla's (Aisha's) trust and love. He also joined the group on Earth in the fourth season. Nabu is a wizard and uses magic, unlike other boys. He also uses a magic shaft as a weapon. Nabu has very long dark reddish brown hair, often braided or tied. Nabu is best friends with Riven. In the twenty-fourth episode of the fourth season (episode 102 of the series) "The Day of Justice". Nabu sacrifices himself to save the Earth fairy kingdom of Tir-Nan-Og, and then enters a comatose state and is returned home, but somehow returns, alive and well, in the second movie Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure. It is hinted that he may somehow return in season 5, but it is not entirely possible since the second movie was already in production when season 4 was in the works. Even though he is not a Specialist, he is a close friend to the Specialists and also the Winx. Nabu is(was) also engaged to be married to Layla (Aisha). He is voiced by Will Blagrove in the Nickelodeon dub.

  The Pixies

The pixies are magical beings bonded to the fairies. Each has a special talent similar to the Winx. All known pixies are female, yet in the Italian show Pop Pixie, Digit, Tecna's pixie appears as a male. They make their first appearances in Season 2 after Layla (Aisha), Bloom, and Stella rescue them from Lord Darkar.

  • Lockette (Season 2-present): Lockette is the Pixie of Portals, she got herself lost, and is constantly on a journey to discover the secrets of her past throughout the series (or 'has many hidden passages in her heart'). Lockette not only helps Bloom find her way physically, but also emotionally, as she tries to discover her true self and connect with her power and family. Lockette's guidance and loyalty saves Bloom on many an occasions, and the two are inseparable (much to Kiko's dismay). Also in Season 3 it seems that she doesn't like Prince Sky that much. It has not been confirmed whether or not she and the other pixies will return in Season 5.
  • Amore (Season 2-present): Amore lives up to her name. She is the Pixie of Love ('amore' is Italian for 'love'). Her sensitive nature is mirrored in appearance by her rosy-red hair, flowing pink dress and floral decorations. She is Stella's bonded pixie. As Stella's bonded pixie, Amore reminds Stella of what is truly important in life: Love. Amore's belief in love as being beautiful, and Stella's love for beauty, compliment each other perfectly.
  • Tune (Season 2-present): Tune is the Pixie of Etiquette, or Good Manners, who is polite, even when she is yelling at others. Tune is neat, orderly, prim and proper, and old-fashioned, with pale purple hair, and a Victorian style outfit in purples, whites and blues. Tune believes in being lady-like, a stark contrast to her bonded fairy, Musa, who is famous for her outgoing behavior. In spite of Tune's nagging and correcting, Tune and Musa make the perfect pair, each lessening each other's extremes. A perfect example of 'opposites attract'.
  • Chatta (Season 2-present): Chatta is the Pixie of Gossip,who looks somewhat like Stella: long, blonde hair in two ponytails, with a green outfit. She is extremely talkative, and enjoys writing cheers and talking about just about everything, especially herself. Chatta is also the bravest of the pixies, as she once stood up to Darkar in a Season 2 episode. As Flora's bonded pixie, Flora is very dependent on Chatta, due to her extremely introverted, quiet nature. Chatta encourages Flora to find the strength to speak her mind, often showing the most positive of outcomes. She also helped Flora tell Helia about her feelings about him (It has been noted and sometimes mistaken that Amore and Chatta could also have fit with each other's associated fairy, due to Amore's floral decorations and Chatta's blonde pigtails and attitude).
  • Digit (Season 2-present):Digit is the Pixie of Nanotechnology (technology on an extremely small scale), who lives up to her name. She is extremely immaculate, logical, precise, mathematical and shows little emotion. She is an obvious match for Tecna, and the two have an extremely close relationship, as Digit and Tecna are perfect for challenging each other's minds (and video game skills), discussing similar interests, and speaking in their technical manner.
  • Piff (Season 2-present):Piff is a baby Pixie of Sweet Dreams, who can turn any nightmare into a sweet dream by falling asleep on someone's head. Piff is unable to talk (so she mostly communicates in baby babble), and depends on Layla (Aisha), staying always by her side (or in her hood). Piff is almost always sleeping, and is the perfect match for the restless Layla, who often tosses and turns in her sleep due to nightmares. Layla (Aisha) and Piff have an extremely close bond, as Layla (Aisha) needs Piff to function, and vice versa.

  Broadcast history

In Italy, where the series was created, it has been broadcast on Rai Due since 28 January 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 19 June 2004, with a preview episode airing on 22 May 2004. 4Kids TV continued its initial run until 22 September 2007. On 12 April 2008, Winx Club was rebroadcast until 27 December 2008. On 18 July 2009, reruns of Winx Club then aired on the CW's programming block CW4Kids until 17 July 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, season 4 in Australia, and is featured as an alternate English language track on several European DVD releases.

Nickelodeon acquired the rights to the franchise and is producing a new English dub in Los Angeles. Nickelodeon started airing the series with four-one hour specials summarizing seasons one and two. Season three premiered on Nickelodeon under the title "Winx Club Enchantix" and was aired weekdays at 3/2c, then changed to 2/1c during half of the season. The fourth season, "Winx Club: The Power of Believix" premiered in America on May 6, 2012 and airs Sundays with two episodes at 12/11c. The Believix transformation made its first appearance in America on May 20, 2012. The season finale will be on July 29, 2012.

  Other media

  Publications

  Dancers portraying the Winx Club attend the Rome Film Fest in Italy.

In Italy, there are two ongoing monthly comic books in publication. One is a Winx Club comic book, although its storyline is generally not related to that of the animated series. The other is Pixie, a spin-off of the Winx Club comic book centered around the pixies.

In July 2012, the Winx Club comics will become published in 96 page volumes in America. Random House will be publishing a junior novel series based on the show and multiple activity books in America.

In 2012 the Winx Club cast for Nickelodeon attended the Kids Choice Awards.

A CGI feature film, Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, was announced in late 2006, and released in Italy on 30 November 2007. It was released on 20 November 2008 in Singapore. The plot of the film revolves around Bloom's origins, and takes place after the events of the first three season.[12] The official website for the film covers several markets, with release dates and other information.

At the Licensing Expo 2008 in New York, Rainbow announced the production of a second film, slated to premiere in 2010. It was later announced in spring 2010 that it would be titled Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure and it would be Italy's first 3D movie, with a release date of October 29.[13] A 10 minute promo reel will be shown at the Giffoni Film Festival in July.[14]

  Theater

In September 2005, the "Winx Power" musical show began in Italy.[15][16] After a successful tour in Italy, it also expanded to Belgium and the Netherlands, before expanding to Portugal in 2009. November 2008 also saw the launch of "Winx On Ice", an ice show starring Carolina Kostner.[17]

  Video games

Winx Club games have been released for the PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Windows. Most of the Winx Club games are published by Konami; Winx Club: Believix in You was published by Namco Bandai Games. The only game by iOS in this game series was Winx Club: Love & Pet, published by Rainbow Interactive

There are currently nine games based on Winx Club:

  Merchandise

In Europe, Italian candy manufacturer Ferrero began to distribute plastic Winx figurines as prizes inside their Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs.

  A tile in a murial in Alassio, "autographed" by the Winx Club.

In the United States, 4Kids Entertainment held the licensing rights to the series until their licence expired in 2009, they had no more plans to make anymore episodes for the show.

In Singapore, bags, clothing and similar items are available.

The Winx Club dolls are the "third most popular dolls in the world" and merchandise sales are over 1 billion euros per year as of 2007.[18].In the summer of 2012, Winx Club dolls produced by Jakks Pacific starting hitting shelves ahead of its Fall 2012 release date. The presell of the Winx Dolls were at Toys''R''Us and sold out in 4 days.[19] The official street date was July 1. Balanced items will hit shelves on August 1.[20]

  DVD releases

In Italy, Mondo Home Entertainment released the first two seasons with both Italian and English audio tracks, the English audio being Cinélume's dub. In 2007, 01 Distribution released the third season on DVD, but these discs contained the Italian audio only. Later, 01 Distribution re-released the first and second season on DVD without the English soundtrack. Tridimensional also released the first three seasons of the show on Italian newsstands along with the Winx Club magazine. These releases contained the original English, Italian, and French audio. The third season release contained Dutch audio as well, and the fourth season contained only Italian audio. Box sets of all four seasons were released by Tridimensional with the same amount of volumes and content that were released separately on newsstands.

In North America, the entire first season of the Winx Club, first released on 12 July 2005, was available as a five-disc collection until 2008. The first DVD of the second season, "Layla and the Pixies", was released in 2007, and the second volume, "Battle for the Codex", came out in September 2007, and both are still available. The first DVD of the third season, "The Princess Ball", was released on 27 January 2009,[21] however, the release of the other half, Fire & Flame, has been indefinitely suspended due to the fact that 4KidsTV license expiring (see Future above).[22]

In the Netherlands the first season released in 2005 on DVD. The second season was released in 2007 on DVD. The third season was released in 2008 on DVD. The fourth season was aired in 2010 but the DVD release was in 2012. All the seasons of Winx Club have a Dutch dub.

In Singapore, Turkey, and Hungary, the third season (as well as the first two) was released with unedited English audio (Cinélume's dub) in four and six volumes respectively; the latter containing Italian audio as well. Also, the fourth season is available in Turkey with English audio spanning six volumes. In Brazil, the first two seasons were released with unedited English subtitles and audio in sixteen volumes.

In United States and Canada, you can pre-order Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom which will be released on August 7, 2012.

  Internet

Winx club has several different websites from the past.In either March or February, Nicklodean made their own Winx Club site along with other Nick TV show websites. The website includes triva,information,clips and episodes of the show, pictures,etc.

  See also

  Notes

  1. ^ a b Called the "Senior Witches" in the edits made by 4Kids Entertainment.
  2. ^ Spelled and pronounced "Baltor" in the edits made by 4Kids Entertainment.
  3. ^ Called "Sparks in the edits made by 4Kids Entertainment.
  4. ^ Called "Aisha" within Italy.
  5. ^ Called "Aisha" in the Italian version.
  6. ^ Also called: the Creatures of the Dark
  7. ^ Called "Realm of Tides" in the edits made by 4Kids Entertainment.

  References

  1. ^ Rainbow S.p.A.. "Winx Club". http://www.rbw.it/en/properties/winx-club. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  2. ^ ВИМНКС ГАВНо!!!Channel New Asia - Fairies worth more than a billion dollars
  3. ^ "The next big thing" by Ann-Marie Corven, TBI Kids June/July 2010 p.6-8
  4. ^ "Nickelodeon and Rainbow S.p.A. Announce Global Partnership for Winx Club Animated Series - NEW YORK, Sept. 2". New York: Prnewswire.com. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nickelodeon-and-rainbow-spa-announce-global-partnership-for-winx-club-animated-series-102060828.html. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  5. ^ "Molly C. Quinn, Official Fan Site". Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Molly-C-Quinn-Official-Fan-Site/302187960218. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Josh Keaton". Facebook. 2012-04-26. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Josh-Keaton/101651598327. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/ArianaGrande
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/TheRomiDames
  9. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. https://twitter.com/. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  10. ^ "Winx Club - One-Hour Special Ending". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j42d5jfi7z4. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  11. ^ "Winx Club on Nick! (All credits) ~ Winx Club on Nickelodeon: Feel the magic!". Winxclubnick.blogspot.co.uk. 2011-07-01. http://winxclubnick.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/winx-club-on-nick-all-credits.html. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  12. ^ Rainbow S.p.A.. "Feature films". http://www.rbw.it/films.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-12. 
  13. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (2010-03-15). "Medusa to release 3D 'Adventure'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118016454.html?categoryId=13. 
  14. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (2010-03-18). "Valley forges ahead". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118016633.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. 
  15. ^ Rainbow S.p.A.. "Winx Power Music Show". http://www.rbw.it/theatre.asp. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  16. ^ Winx Club On Tour. "Winx Club On Tour". http://www.winxclubontour.com/. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  17. ^ Winx On Ice. "Winx On Ice". http://www.winxonice.it/index.html. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  18. ^ "WINX FAIRIES HEAD TO CANNES". Web.archive.org. 2007-09-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930160551/http://www.lifeinitaly.com/news/news-detailed.asp?newsid=5289. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  19. ^ http://www.michaelsfavorites2.com/winxclub3/newspage.html
  20. ^ http://www.michaelsfavorites2.com/winxclub3/newspage.html
  21. ^ "Winx Club". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=winx+club&x=0&y=0. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  22. ^ "Winx Club:Fire & Flame: Movies and TV". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/WINX-CLUB-FIRE-FLAME/dp/B002FOQXW8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332427004&sr=8-1. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 

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