The Italian title card for the series from the second season until third season. That of the first season has the yellow-green, sightly smaller logo and no web address. The edited version made by 4Kids Entertainment in the United States - also shown in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia - uses a different intro and title card.
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by||Iginio Straffi|
|Voices of||(The 7 major characters: Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna, Layla and Roxy. See the lists of minor characters and magical creatures for other voices.)
English version by Cinélume
|Country of origin||Italy|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||104 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original channel||Rai Due|
|Original run||January 28, 2004– present|
Winx Club is a 2004 Italian animated television series, created by Iginio Straffi and produced by Rainbow S.p.A.. The series is aimed toward children between the ages of five and twelve and has spawned an international franchise of toys, books, clothing, DVDs, as well as a CGI feature film.
Apart from the English language version done by Cinélume in Canada, 4Kids Entertainment in the United States made an alternative version by changing dialogues, music and alternating some of visuals and situations.
Iginio Straffi first wished to create a cartoon for boys and girls in 2000, when children's programming was "dominated" by boy-oriented shows. He wished to create a show aimed mainly at girls like Sailor Moon or My Little Pony.
An ordinary girl from Planet Earth, Bloom lives a perfectly normal life in the city of Gardenia until she meets Stella, a princess from the planet Solaria, who is in trouble. Coming to Stella's aid, Bloom discovers her magical powers. Stella persuades Bloom to join Alfea, the best fairy school in all the realms. In Alfea, Bloom forms Winx, whose members are her four friends and roommates: Stella, Musa, Tecna, and Flora. Later in the series they encounter and befriend the Specialists: Brandon, Riven, Timmy, and Sky. The Specialists will also become their love interests. They will also encounter their enemies, a trio of witches named the Trix: Icy, Darcy, and Stormy. They are witches from Cloudtower, a witch school roughly equivalent to Alfea, and are in search of the power of the Dragon's Flame which is supposedly in Stella's magic ring. Their ruthless pursuit of the ring leads to many encounters and battles with Winx. Bloom also begins to learn the secrets of her planet, parents, and powers.
After their summer vacation, the Winx returns to Alfea to begin their second year. They meet a new fairy, Layla, who asks for their help in rescuing her pixie friends held hostage by Lord Darkar. Lord Darkar wants to find out where the Pixies' Village is in order to steal the four pieces of the Codex (one each in Pixie Village, Redfountain, Cloudtower, and Alfea) which open the portal to the Realm of Realix, where the Ultimate Power can be found. The Trix also met Lord Darkar and served him. They seemed to have developed an obsession with him, wanting to please him as Icy stated she wanted to be his main witch. Meanwhile, the Winx learn how to get their Charmix. Lord Darkar is actually the "Shadow Phoenix" who wants to take control of the magical realm. In the meantime, there is a new teacher who after Alfea lessons turns Bloom into Dark Bloom and sends Bloom to Lord Darkar. During Episode 24, he turns Bloom into his servant, thus making her open the realm of Realix. Later on however, Sky expresses his true feelings to Bloom then she uses her healing powers to heal everyone. After the battle, Bloom and the others go back to Alfea and celebrate. Layla also joins Winx while Stella has a big fashion deal going on.
Previously banished to the Omega Dimension, the Trix are able to escape with Valtor,[nb 1] a sorcerer partially responsible for the destruction of Bloom's home realm, Domino.[nb 2] 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 the magic treasures and power sources of each realm. The Winx begins their third year in Alfea , learning about their unique Enchantix transformations, acquired by sacrifing themselves for someone from their own world. Mirta is now able to transform in a fairy
The fourth season made its debut in Italy on April 15, 2009. The Winx come to Earth to find the last fairy and to make humans believe in magic so that they can earn their Believix. The Believix is the new transformation in the fourth season, where their wings are more powerful and more useful. They have three additional wings, as well: Speedix (speed enhancement), Zoomix (teletransportation), and Tracix (visual aids). When a fairy earns her Believix, she gains the ability to make someone believe in magic. For the Winx group, it didn't work in the beginning, but it did make people overcome their weaknesses. The villans in this season are the "Wizards of the Black Circle" (The Fairy Hunters). They stole the magic from Earth, making the denizens disrespect it. The Wizards need Roxy, the last fairy on Earth, to gain full power. But, from sometime in the season onwards, their target switches to the White Circle, a magical ring in which the fairies from Earth were trapped. Roxy at first didn't believe in fairies until Winx came and helped her believe and gain her Believix as well. There are two other new transformations in the fourth season. First, there is Sophiex. It's a power up from Believix, like the Charmix from the second season. Sophiex has the power to help the environment and this transformation was given to them by The Eternal Fairies. Then there is Lovix, another power up from Believix and it is used for colder climates. Its future on US television is unclear. And it is unknown if 4Kids will acquire this season. However, on March 1, 2010 in Australia, where the edited version made by 4Kids was previously shown on Network Ten's Toasted TV and on Cartoon Network, the English version of fourth season made by Cinélume premiered on Boomerang, a sister channel of Cartoon Network.
The Winx is 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 joined the group in the second season, and Roxy became a part of the group in the end of the fourth season. The pixies have "bonded" with the fairies in the second season, and all the Winx fairies got their magical pets in the fourth season. Within the series the word "Winx", in the original version, as Bloom suggests, it has no meaning, although it is not in the edits made by 4Kids Entertainment, where it had a meaning of the magical power that fairies have.
The Trix are an evil trio of teenage witch sisters who attended the Cloudtower (only in the first season, after which they got expelled), a school which used to rival Alfea. They are the enemies of Winx. They were arrested in the end of the first season after an attempt to invading Alfea was failed, but escaped with the help of Lord Darkar in the beginning of the second season. In the third season, they worked with Valtor, but in the end, were arrested again. The Trix did not appear in the fourth season.
The Specialists are a group of students who attend an all-boys school near Alfea, the Red Fountain School for Specialists. The following six Specialists have become the boyfriends of the Winx girls. It should be noted that throughout the series, the boys often need the girls' help. However, they can manage on their own at times.
Gardenia is a major city on earth where Bloom lived most of her life with her parents Mike and Vanessa. After discovering that she was a fairy, she moved into the dormitories of Alfea and would occasionally return to visit her parents or to introduce her friends to the unique culture. In the fourth season, Gardenia becomes the main setting as the Winx pursues and protects Roxy, one of the remaining fairies on Earth.
The Realm of Magix is an alternate universe where most of the series unfolds. It is also the name of a city in that universe. It is an enchanted and highly technologically-advanced universe of hospitable planets populated by fairies, witches, heroes, and monsters where everyone has magic powers.
Alfea is a boarding school for fairies in training. All of the Winx girls met and reside here and have a close relationship with its headmistress, Ms. Faragonda. At Alfea, fairies learn to fight evil, help their planets, or, in many cases, become queens of their planets. When Bloom and the other girls met there, they immediately were best friends and formed Winx, since they all live in one room.
Cloudtower[nb 9] is a boarding school for witches in training, and for most of the first season, it was the residence for the Trix and Mirta. At Cloudtower, the witches learn about witchcraft. In later episodes of the first season, the Trix took over Cloudtower and caused a disaster after they stole the Dragon's Flame from Bloom. Ms. Griffin is their headmistress. It is revealed in seasons 2 that she is friends with Ms. Faragonda. the winx go to cloud tower [4kids] to learn the art of dark magic. and in the third season, she, Saladin and Faragonda are in the Company of Light. It was also revealed that she had a past with Valtor.[nb 1]
Redfountain[nb 10] is a boarding school for the specialists, one magical forest away from Alfea. It teaches fighting and the use of technology. In the Redfountain boys are taught how to go on dangerous missions and to fight for their respective planets. Redfountain and Alfea have a close relationship, and Miss Faragonda and Saladin have a long history together and holds the secret to Blooms Past.
In Italy, there are two ongoing monthly comic books in publication. One is a monthly Winx Club comic book, although its storyline have generally not been related to that of the animated series. The other is Pixie, a spin-off of the Winx Club comic book centered around the pixies.
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 (as of current writing, it is only market outside of Europe and also the only market to see it in English). The plot of the film revolves around Bloom's origins, and takes place after the events of the third 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.
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.
There are currently 9 games based on Winx Club
In the United States, 4Kids Entertainment holds the licensing rights to the series and has licensed the Winx Club name and image to an assortment of children's apparel and books. Toys such as dolls made by Mattel and a card game created with Upper Deck Entertainment are available in major stores such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.
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 Italy, Mondo Home Entertainment released first two seasons, with first season being released as a two, three-disc box sets and second season being released on nine discs in total. Mondo's releases contained both Italian language version and Cinélume's English version. In 2007, 01 Distribution released the third season on DVD, but contained the Italian language version only. Later, 01 Distribution re-released the first season on DVD without English soundtrack.
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, and the other half, Fire & Flame, will be released on 21 September 2010 .
The Winx Club is an animated series starring seven girls (Bloom, Layla, Tecna, Flora, Musa, Stella and Roxy) who can use magic. The girls have to fight Icy, Darcy, and Stormy who are witches who were kicked out of Cloud Tower. Together with their principal, Miss Faragonda, they learn to tap into their magical abilities and defeat their enemies. By the middle of the third season, all six of the Winx Club girls have their Enchantix. This means they become full-fledged fairies. They have to earn their Enchantix by saving someone from their own Realm when they are in trouble.
Stella is a fictional character from the animated series Winx Club. Stella is the princess of Solaria and the fairy of the Sun and the Moon. Her power is the Sun and she is the oldest of the Winx Club. She met Bloom when she was fighting a Trol on Earth. Her boyfriend is one of the Specialists and his name is Brandon. Stella has the lowest grades in the class from all the Winx Club but she knows fashion really well.
Bloom is the red-headed princess of Domino. She has the power of the dragon fire. She is the leader of the winx club and also the most powerful of them. Her boyfriend is Sky, prince of Eraklyon. Bloom is the last to get her Enchantix. Her pixie is Lockett, the Pixie of Mazes and Portals. Her normal outfit is a blue and white short sweater with 3pink hearts on it. A blue short skirt with blue and white striped socks with blue sandles. Her Winx outfit is 2 piece sparkly blue with a gold orb on the chest. Her enchantix is a crinkled short sparkly blue dress with sparkly light blue wings.
Flora is the fairy of nature. Her powers come from the plants, and she likes studying plants and flowers. Her planet is Linphea. She was born the 1st march and her fairy sign is Driada. Her boyfriend is Helia and her pixie is Chatta. Her best friends are Bloom and Stella. She´s the most intelligent winx and she´s very pretty. She has got long, brown hair and blue eyes. She wears a light green t-shirt, a pink skirt with strawberries, yellow bracelets and earrings, and pink shoes. Her transformation dress is pink with glitters, and includes a green necklace with a pink flower in the middle. Her wings are green.
Layla is the second oldest of the club. She can change water to any form she choses called Morphix. She is the princess of Andros. She is an enriched tomboy who loves to dance and skate. She arrives in the Winx Club in season 2. Her pixie is Piff, the pixie of sweet dreams. Her normal outfit is a pink t-shirt and a navy green skirt with pink boot warmers and green boots. Her Winx outfit is sparkly dark and light green. Her enchantix has big jewerly sparkly like wings with a beaded wavy top and bottom.