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|Genre||Fantasy, action, adventure|
|Created by||Iginio Straffi|
|Directed by||Iginio Straffi|
|Country of origin||Italy|
|No. of seasons||4 (6 announced)|
|No. of episodes||104 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Joanna Lee
Alfred R. Kahn
Norman J. Grossfield
|Running time||19-23 minutes|
|Original channel||Rai Due, 4KidsTV, Nickelodeon|
|Original run||28 January 2004– present|
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, 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the United States, The license for 4KidsTV expired in 2009, and sought out a new partner. On 2 September 2010, Nickelodeon announced  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. Josh Keaton announced that he will voice Valtor in season 3. Ariana Grande announced on 22 May via Twitter that she will be voicing Princess Diaspro, a minor villain, in the new dub. Romi Dames has also announced that she will voice Musa and Helia will be played by David Faustino from Married... with Children.  Elizabeth Gillies is playing Daphne and Matt Shively is playing Sky. The first special's broadcast revealed that Amy Gross is voicing Stella, Alejandra Reynoso is voicing Flora, and Morgan Decker is voicing Tecna.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. A 10 minute promo reel will be shown at the Giffoni Film Festival in July.
In September 2005, the "Winx Power" musical show began in Italy. 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.
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:
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..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. The official street date was July 1. Balanced items will hit shelves on August 1.
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, however, the release of the other half, Fire & Flame, has been indefinitely suspended due to the fact that 4KidsTV license expiring (see Future above).
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.
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.
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