Thursday, December 15, 2011

Original Winxclub.com Homepage Image

I thought that I would share some old memories with you guys today.

I've been a fan of the Winx Club since 2005 and I still clearly remember what the original Winx Club site used to look like. It actually looked like the above image. I believe the above is a screen shot of it. Whenever you would click over one of the girls, it would bring you to a profile where it told you all about them. They also had similar pages for the Trix, too. At the time, it had only season one information.

Oh, how far the girls have come since then....

Monday, December 12, 2011

Is Musa a tomboy or a girly-girl now?

Musa, is that you?
Musa has without doubt gone through the most drama of all the couples in the series. (Let's admit it: Riven is no romantic.) She has also gone through the most physical change in the series. Remember when she use to have short pigtails?

Back in season one, she was known as a tomboy. She barely wore skirts. Even in the welcoming ball, she would an outfit that had pants. She was basically designed to look a little strret-smart with her overly large jeans and sneakers. In the episode "The Show Must Go On!" she wore jeans, a baggy shirt and a beanie hat giving off a construction worker look. Plus, it was revealed in this episode that she came from a difficult background where money was always a bigger concern than music. Despite that, she persevered, she pursued her passion for music and she never deviated from that.

Once season three started, she immediately got longer hair, but kept the pigtails. Character development certainly went through a whirlwind as season progressed. She briefly let her hair down for the ball on Eraklyon and on Solaria. That seemed reasonable to me that she would attempt to look pretty in front of high society.

Then season four came along and Musa arrived on Earth where she let her hair down and started wearing heels and a skirt for her normal outfit. Musa became girlier by asking questions about her hair and she became another point of drama for the series again when Musa gains the opportunity to become famous. She still loves music but she doesn't lackadaisically plays her flute anymore. She jumps on stage and sings with Andy's band. She plays the guitar and helps the girls put up a band.

Is Musa still Musa despite all this? Or have her physical changes made her become something else entirely? Do you like these changes?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bringing you up to speed: Musa and her family

Dear new fans of the Winx Club,

It's Kikurukina writing. For those of you who don't know, the four Nick specials that were aired over the summer are not the original "productions." They are the condensed versions of 52 episodes worth of story. That's two seasons! The series first originally aired in 2004.

While the specials are true to their source material, they did leave a lot of information out. I am writing this post today to point out some of the minor but probably important things about series. In this post, I want to address Musa's basic back story: her family and her wealth.

Recently, I received a fanfiction review that made me cringe. My story is about Musa talking to Helia and at some point, she muses about her lack of wealth and low social standing when compared to Helia's fan-made enormous family wealth and fan-made noble family history. (Read it here if you wish.) Basically, I outline that Musa is fairly poor and wishes that she had the wealth that Helia had. This is the review I received:
"Why did you have the need to write musa's social standing? For all we know she could be as rich as stella."

For those of you who don't know, Musa is poor. She is likely the poorest of all the Winx Club members. She is not rich as Stella. She is far from it. This was vaguely hinted at in season one and season two goes into further depth about her history.

Her father is Hoboe and her mother is Matlin (Wa-Nin?). Her mother was a classical singer and Hoboe fell in love with her after seeing one of her shows. If I remember correctly, Matlin gave up a life of success and fame for Hoboe. They both fell in love, got married and then had Musa. They both pursued music passionately despite being a little financially in trouble. One day, Matlin became terminally ill but the family could not scrape enough money to buy the medicine to keep her alive.

Matlin eventually died and Hoboe swore off music. He destroyed most of the musical instruments in the house a cello much to Musa's horror. In season two, he visits Musa at Alfea. At this point, he disapproves of his daughter's dream to pursue music because he believes, from experience, that music does not make enough money. Later on in the episode, Musa goes to perform a song at a concert at Red Fountain. Stormy crashes the party and holds Hoboe hostage. Riven helps everyone to encourage Musa by clapping because her power is music. This gives her the courage and power to fight and defeat Stormy. In the aftermath, Hoboe lightens up about Musa's choice to pursue music and if I'm not mistaken, the episode ends with a scene where Musa visits her mother's grave. (The episode I am refering to is episode 15 of season two. It's called "The Show Must Go On!")

So now you know why Musa is poor and why she has family problems.

Overall, I am sure that this will not be my last post. If you want more details about the episode, I suggest that you watch it rather than have me try to sum it up. (Older fans, feel free to correct me. I'm sure that I am mixing up some of my Cinelume canon with 4kids.)

For fans who are interested in watching the original 52 episodes, go here and give us your opinion about the project to watch and comment on the original episodes. New and old fans are welcomed.

Cordially,
Kikurukina

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Blogging Silence

I've been relatively quiet for the last couple of weeks since the Winx Club started playing on Nickelodeon. First of all, I live in Quebec so I really do not have access to the Nick dubs. Second, I have already seen the third season so I am not all that excited to watch it again. I believe that this can be said for most older fans of the series. With all that said, this is why I have not really updated this blog. I simply cannot muster enough interest to blog about something I've already seen nor cannot see again. How many of you are older fans who really don't want to see old news recycled into new news?

Now, my question to you the reader is: do you want me to blog about time-slot changes and episodes for the third season?

If not, I have considered a new sort of project that is roughly outlined here where we can all rewatch the original season one episodes on a certain night and comment on it (nostalgically). It is just an idea.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Season 3 Opening



Found on Impero dei Cartoni

I won't lie: I thought that they would make a new opening for the full episodes.... I hope that they at least fix some mistakes in the actual episodes, unlike the oops at 0:15.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Halloween in December?

If you will remember correctly, three Monster Mission comics are planned to be released to help promote the HalloWinx doll set. The first one featuring Flora fighting werewolves was already released and can be bought at Muscara.com.

October is finished and so is Halloween. By the time the next Monster Mission (featuring Bloom) comes out, it will be mid-November which is the beginning of the Christmas season for most. By the time that the last one (featuring Stella) comes out, it will be probably a week before Christmas Eve.

Why would Rainbow plan a three-issue Halloween-themed comic series that ends at the height of the Christmas season? Are you going to really be in a Halloween mood during Christmas still?

By the way, 600th post!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Season 5: Take everything with a grain of salt

Hey everyone,

I would like to address some recent pieces of news that may or may not be rumours or spamming.

I would like to remind everyone that season five is far from being released. Remember, it will be released in Fall 2012. That is a year away.

Recently, we have received some news about the premise of season five: it will likely take place in an aquatic location. To learn more about it, go here. To see the video preview, go here. Remember, despite the fact that the video preview uses CGI animation, it will be animated using the traditional 2D art that everyone is used to. At first, many fans had voiced their disappointment in the use of the CGI. I said that it might be placeholder art. Our fears were quickly quelled when we found out that it would be in the usual 2D. To see a promotional poster using tentative designs for next season's transformation, go here.

Next, apparently episode titles have been released for season five on the Internet Movie Database. Initially, only three were found and only one of them has been confirmed by Molly Quinn herself: the episode "The Selkies Devourer." All the other episode titles should still be taken with a grain of salt, meaning: accept it with a degree of skepticism. Why? IMDb is an open-source database like Wikipedia. Anyone can edit it. While I do not know the full capacities of a registered user on that site, it is a site run by movie lovers. False episode titles were rampant across the various Wikipedias for the Winx Club page for the latter half of the run for the fourth season and I believe that we should give this phenomenon the same treatment: be skeptical.

Now that fans are more aware about Winx Club on IMDb, I should say that it makes that series just as easy a target for trollers and spammers to...well, troll and spam the Winx Club pages with false information. Remember, the Devilrus incident? I am convinced that there are still people out there who believe that Flyrix, the fan transformation made by Tata, is season five's next transformation. Currently, half of a season's worth of episode titles are out on IMDb, and while I have nothing to disprove those titles, I do know that not everything I read on the internet is true. To makes worst, the mention of Sirenix only appeared today which only makes me doubt further the credibility of IMDb.

The above reasons are why I did not post about the titles on IMDb on this blog. I am waiting for a legitimate source, such as a press release or a video from Rainbow, Nickelodeon or Viacom, before anything happens.

With all that said, according to the title of the eight episode, the new transformation is apparently called Sirenix. While the transformation name does follow the tradition of ending with an "x" and its root word, "siren" (a Greek mythological creature that resembles a woman with varying degrees of bird features that lures men at sea to their deaths by sailing into rocky coasts) does have similar themes about the sea, this is proof of nothing. (Addendum: "Sirenix" is confirmed by Molly Quinn, but I would not hold my breathe.)

My doubt outweights any belief I have for this to be the genuine truth at the moment. This is subject to change but I want to remind people that season five is long from being released. It would kind of suck if we knew what the story of the fifth season was a year before it is even released, no?

- Kikurukina

PS: Nickelodeon will release the first episode of season three on November 14, and not November 7.

Season 3 on November 14 on Nick


Notice the redubbed lines.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Season 3 airs November 7

Season 3 airs on November 7 at 3/2c PM! That's two weeks from now!


Uploaded by Believe In Winx

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Winx Mag 91

The issue featuring the HalloWinx outfits has arrived! It's a fifty page issue rather than the usual sixty-six, so it probably has a shorter comic or less content. You can buy a copy from Muscara.com.



I'm curious to know, what do you think about the fairy pets coming back with a themed design in the comic above? Do like the fairy pets or are they something you wished that stayed back in season four?

Season 3 trailer

This trailer aired right after the end of The Shadow Phoenix, if I am not mistaken. I saw this about a week ago but never bothered to post it for some reason. (You're hearing the Cinelume English voices but those will be redubbed with the new cast.) Enjoy!


Uploaded by TheAelita96

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dark Aisha?

 


In Season 2 and in "The Shadow Phoenix", we see Bloom turn dark through the power of magic. This angry, sullen, watch-me-kill-all-my-friends-happily version of her was dubbed "Dark Bloom." Two seasons later, after Nabu's death, Aisha goes to the side of the not-so-good. However, she rarely, if ever, is referred to as "Dark Aisha" or "Dark Layla" by the fandom, even if people refer to this period as "when she went dark."

Anyone who has seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer can likely see the similarities between Aisha and Season 6 Willow... if not, I won't spoil it. However, I will say that it makes me consider that the main reason our fairy of waves isn't always classified as "Dark Aisha," might have to be because her appearance never changes. While working with Nebula and the Vengeance Fairies, she looks just like a Winx. However, Dark Bloom had a huge appearance change, her outfit darkening and becoming less soft and feminine, as did Buffy's Willow (her hair and eyes turn black).

Does a change of appearance or use of dark magic make a dark character? Or do actions and emotions? What do you think?

New Outfits

So I found these images from http://youloveit.ru/. They are a little old but I wanted to share it. I'm not sure from what convention they are from but I assume they are either from the Las Vegas Expo or some Russian expo.





Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Will Nabu come back in season 5?

I wonder: now that we know that the next Winx Club season will take place in an underwater world, will this provide the setting for Aisha to bring back Nabu because water ("waves") is her element and it seems that the next season will take place in an aquatic place?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Helia's Haircut Oops

I believe that this is a mistake, no?

Helia is sporting the wrong haircut for his season two appearance. This is an easily-missed mistake as this still barely appears for a second. (Doesn't he look angry?)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Season 5 Preview Clip (Update)

Uploaded by BelieveInWinx


I'm hoping that some of that is just placeholder art and will be improved upon release. I am not as excited as I thought I would be but I'm willing to give Rainbow the benefit of the doubt. So how do you feel about the new season being in CGI?

EDIT: (Oct 10) Much to everyone's relief, it has been confirmed in various places (such as Una di noi) that season 5 will be made in its traditional 2D cel-shaded form, and not 3D as shown in the preview clip above. Phew!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rainbow at BLE with Season 5 Promo (Again!)

Uploaded by fantazyme

Will it end?! I hope not! I present to you another Winx Club promo poster for season 5!

BLE is short for Brand Licensing Europe. This is another licensing expo that will be held in London, England from October 18 to October 20, 2011 and Rainbow is a confirmed exhibitor again! Their booth is E020!

It's also been going around that there will be a new aquatic villain called Tritannus!

To see the poster for MIP COM, go here!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rainbow at MIP COM with Season 5 Poster

Poster from Winx Club Episodios

If you will remember correctly from an article posted by La Reppublica in October 2010, Straffi mentioned, "…The Winx will confront the oil catastrophe in New Orleans…" (Translated by the Oblivious Prattler.)

By my guess (and by looking at the sea shell tiara on Bloom's head), there will be an underwater theme to the new transformation!

MIP COM is an annual media expo much like the Las Vegas Licensing Expo. MIP COM will be held from October 3 to 6, 2011 in Cannes, France and Rainbow will have a booth (booth R33.01). (Rainbow is a confirmed exhibitor for MIP COM.)

Oh my God, this is exciting!

(However, do not discount the possibility that this might some really good fanart with some really good research. Until further notice, I'm considering this official.)

HalloWinx

If you haven't heard from Una di noi already, Rainbow is going to make a special series of Halloween themed dolls called HalloWinx! These dolls will also come with a goth-ified version of their fairy pets. Three minute special episodes and a videogame will also be released in tandem with this series.

This is what the dolls will look like:


The premise for this doll line is that the Winx are dressing up to look like witches to find out what the Trix's evil plans are.

Three special comics, also known as Monster Missions, will also be released featuring three of the Winx fighting horror movie monsters. The first comic will feature Flora (with a sword!) fighting a werewolf; Bloom against a vampire and Stella against a mummy.



Sources:
Impero dei Cartoni
Una di noi

Winx Comics at H & J for 15¢ to 1$

H & J Liquidators and Closeouts, Inc is selling the first and second issue of the Winx Club comic for 15¢. These are the comics were translated in English for the 4kids franchise which explains why there is a 4kids logo on the cover. However, there is a catch: H & J sells their products in bulk and so you must buy a minimum of 100 issues of either the first or second issue. They will not let you buy the comics individually.

Also, they are selling the third issue together with a paquet of six Winx Club trading card game cards for 1$ but a minimum purchase of 50 units is required.

(Photo from H & J.)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Liliana Mumy might voice Roxy

According to Molly Quinn on her Facebook page, Liliana Mumy might voice Roxy. This is not a confirmation for Roxy's voice actor as Quinn only "believes" that it might be Mumy.

Liliana Mumy is an American actress who has played in movies such as Cheaper by the Dozen as well as voiced characters in Cartoon Network's Chowder and Madge in Howl's Moving Castle.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nolstagic Feelings Arising

So I've watched the movies so far released by Nickelodeon and every scene just evokes a well of nolstagia. I wished that they had reanimated each and every episode. What about you, guys? How do you feel so far about the movies already released and what do you think the next movie will be like?

Friday, September 16, 2011

English Winx Magazines at Pelican

English Winx Club magazines can be purchased at Pelican for under 4$ USD from Singapore. They only have about six magazines up but I'm guessing that there will be more posted as time goes on. They also don't correspond to the original Italian order but at least they are translated.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Updates On World of Winx!

If you haven't already played World of Winx, the new Nickelodeon game, it's a great time to. The game has expanded from a quick one-round easy puzzle into a multi-setting adventure and strategy game.

Players choose between Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Aisha, and Techna (name misspelling or new spelling?). Once they've selected the character, they can then pick either Charmix or Enchantix form, with Believix coming soon. For the last step, select your setting: outside Alfea College, the Alfea Library, the City of Magix, or the Black Mud Swamp. Two more settings are to be released on September 15!

Race and cast spells to get to Stella's staff, earning points. Sounds easy? Sorry. It's a surprisingly hard game that will exercise your brain. It took me a couple hours to win the Alfea stages, and now I'm struggling over the new additions! But it's very fun.

So, what are you waiting for? Go play!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My my my...

Okay, usually this is something to go on the home page, but after reading some, er, heated comments, I've decided it best to put this where everyone can see.

I have absolutely no time whatsoever, not a lick, nothing. 


Summer's drawing to a close, and I've been running around enjoying the last dregs of it with what's left of my friends (the ones who haven't ran off to university). Also, I'll learn by the end of the week whether or not I'm going to be swallowed by a new job at the recreation center in town while attending my first year of college, soaking up a good $25 an hour so I can get out of this town next year. I don't know what I'm going to do if I get the job, the hours are crazy and I've heard the workload for the teaching program I'm taking is huge.

Anyway, I hope you all understand. I can't be on here 24/7 until I decide to once again take on my role as superwoman.

Oh, and blog-related... I want to give Winx-Fairies a make-over. Does anyone have any ideas? If you want to email winxfairies.site@gmail.com with some ideas, use the word "makeover" as the subject so I can find it buried under all the mail. I'm thinking redesigned headers and backgrounds and tweaking a few things around the site in general... All help appreciated! And all those to-do lists I have to get to...

Yep, I better get busy! Hey, I have to find some way to replace my boyfriend! ;)

Sorry, guys. Phoebe.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nickelodeon's or Rainbow's Winx Club

Lately, when I scan the news for Winx Club, I read Nickelodeon's Winx Club rather than Rainbow's Winx Club or Nickelodeon and Rainbow's Winx Club. I was under the impression that Winx Club was still going to be owned by Rainbow. Is this a sign? I would like to think that I'm overthinking it. It's very possible that the writers are just not doing their research properly but it is disturbing.

Don't forget: Battle for Magix airs on the 18th of September!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Revenge of the Trix: Full Episode

http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/winx-club-revenge-of-the-trix-full-episode.html

Okay, so Nick.com is being evil and I can't copy the embed code. I haven't watched this yet, not sure whether or not I'm excited.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Official Nick Winx Quiz

Have you taken the new Winx Club quiz up on the Nickelodeon site?

With ten questions and six results (Bloom, Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa, and Aisha), it evaluates your personality traits and preferences to match you to a Winx Club member.

Though the quiz has pretty good questions (no "What letter does your name start with?), it is pretty easy to manipulate in order to get the result you want. However, where's the fun in that?

Check it out here and tell us who you are!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Follow the Winx on Twitter!

Want to know what's going on with the Nick dub? It might be a good choice to follow these lovely ladies and gentlemen that are responsible for giving a little Nickelodeon life to our favorite characters. I got my own Twitter   just to follow these guys!

Molly Quinn: @mollyquinn93
Keke Palmer: @kekepalmer
Romi Dames: @theromidames
Morgan Decker: @yesitsmorgan
Alex Reynoso: @AleRen0s0
Josh Keaton: @joshkeaton
Ariana Grande: @arianagrande
Elizabeth Gillies: @lizgillies
Matt Shively: @mattshively1

Monday, July 18, 2011

Revenge of the Trix

Baaaaaack! Oh boy did Blogger change while I was gone! Missed you guys ;)

So, I'm sure you've heard that the next Nick special is set to be released soon (Monday August 1st). It's called Revenge of the Trix. Nick still has to cover seasons 2, with two more specials to come (RoT included). What plot points do you think they'll hit? What do you want them to leave out? What would absolutely kill you if they didn't fit it in?

Here are the two trailers, enjoy!



Least favorite line of the trailers? "You horrible Trix!" Oh, burn.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More Than Just Name Changes For Aisha (and a voice for her man)!

So you've probably heard that the fairy we all know as Layla is now Aisha. You've probably grown used to it, even if you don't like it. However, her name isn't the only thing to change.

The Nickelodeon website lists Aisha as "The Fairy of Waves," changing her power ever so slightly. It's not a big change, not even as big as Stella's change from "Fairy of Sun and Moon" to "Fairy of the Shining Sun." But it's there.

Other news in that particular couple shows that we have a voice for Nabu... Will Blagrove. He won't be with us for a while, but it's still some exciting news!

Note: I went to the Nick website, and it looks like either my computer won't load Aisha's page, or they've taken it down. Has anyone seen it?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The First 1-Hour Special!

So the first of the 1-hour specials of Winx Club have already aired on Nick. How many of you got a chance to see them? What were your opinions?

Still haven't seen it? Watch it here!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Four Amazing Previews!






So no more "the sun and the moon" for Stella, Nick's calling her "Fairy of the Shining Sun". And speaking of Stella, did I mention that I love her staff?

"What does Winx mean?"
"Nothing, just us."

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kimberly Brooks as Stormy!

Check out Kimberly Brooks' website to see what Stormy's going to sound like!

Thanks, Anonymous!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flora, Tecna, and Stella's actresses... DOUBLE UPDATE!

Thanks to Ella and Anonymous for getting the names of Flora and Tecna's voice actresses!

Oh, and *update* from the comments, Stella is Amy Gross!

 Steph (the girl from the Facebook post) asked Molly Quinn, and Molly revealed that Flora's voice actress is Alejandra Reynoso! I had asked Molly about Stella and Tecna, but I'm not getting anything helpful.

Anonymous talked to Romi Dames (presumably over Twitter or Facebook) and got the name Morgan Decker for Tecna. Sooo I tweeted her (or whatever you Twitter people call it ^.^) and she said YES! ;)

Cool?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mystery Voices

winx gymnastics
In the new trailer, we get to hear all the important voices (all the Winx Club girls, except Layla/Aisha). I miss hearing Lisa Ortiz as Musa, but I know I'll get used to all the new voices. But that begs the question, who are the actresses responsible for the new voices? We do know a few:

Bloom: Molly Quinn
Aisha*: Keke Palmer
Musa: Romi Dames
Flora: Alejandra Reynoso
Stella: Amy Gross
Tecna: Morgan Decker


*Since Layla's name in Nick's version of the show is going to be Aisha, I'm going to try to start calling her that. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Winx Trailer!

Well, another new trailer... I can't say I like it as much as the old one. However, it does give us a couple new shots to be excited about, a nice snippet of Flora's voice, and, well, general SQUEEEE!!!! Every new trailer just gets me more excited.

As we see more of the animation changes, are you liking them more? Less?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nick's Secret of the Lost Kingdom Trailer


Yes, I know that this is old.

-More than 100 episodes (which means along with the one-hour specials, we'll eventually get all of the old episodes redubbed?) including "new content" through 2014 (I'm assuming this means season 5 and 6)
-52 new CGI episodes (which means season 5 and 6 will be computer-animated)
-Big promotional partners spring and fall 2012
-Full consumer products program fall 2012 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Spot The Difference: Rai vs. Nick

Thanks to BuizelCream for making a Youtube video showing the differences between the Nick version and the original Rai one! Check it out!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Voices of Daphne and Skye!

And yes, every article I've read spells his name with that annoying little 'e' on the end. 

Here they are, Elizabeth Gillies, our new Daphne, and Matt Shively, our new Sky! Gah, I wish I watched Nick shows so I knew what these guys sounded like...

Monday, June 06, 2011

Roxy's Enchantix!

Yep, here it is! Roxy's "official" Enchantix!
This baby was an outfit from the Russian PC game called "Meet Stella", part of which includes a dress-up game where you can try on all kind of different Winx Club outfits. This one was under Enchantix. The hair doesn't look like it's Enchantix-y because it's from a dress-up game. In most dress-up games, you only change the clothes and accessories, so her hair wouldn't have been touched.

So, it's from an official game, right? It's gotta be real!
Not really. I guess the game designer's idea of research was to Google "Roxy Enchantix". The outfit is based on a fan art from DeviantArt's MagiaBelievix.


Either way, it's really cool. I wonder if we'll ever get to see the real thing?

Meeting Stella


"Meeting Stella" is one of ten new Russian Winx Club games for the PC. Part of the game is being able to dress up the Winx girls, which, thanks to Winx Club Episodios, gives me some new PNGs for the episode page! It also gives us a new, interesting outfit of Roxy's Enchantix... 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Romi Dames is going to voice Musa

I am honestly unsure about this.



(found on Una di Noi)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rainbow Magicland

Rainbow Magicland will open the 26 of May. (That's two days from now!)

According to WorldScreen.com's video interview, the parl boasts 35 attractions on Rainbow's various products made for all ages. Most of it is for the family but there are a couple aimed at teenagers looking an adrenaline rush. In the video interview, Straffi says that there is a 5D Huntik ride and a reconstructed Alfea castle, including their classrooms and bedrooms. There is one "fairy ride into the magical world which is very scenic." Next to the school is the PopPixie village which an attraction for little kids. There is also one attraction for Maya Fox.

WorldScreen's original article:
"Video Interview: Rainbow's Iginio Straffi
By Anna Carugati
Published: May 24, 2011

Iginio Straffi, the founder and CEO of Rainbow S.p.A., talks about the new MagicLand theme park opening later this week, as well as current feature-film projects and more.

Taking the easy route has never been Straffi’s strategy. As founder and CEO of the Italian content company specializing in animated and multimedia properties, Rainbow S.p.A., Straffi has continually moved into new business areas. Winx Club was his first huge hit and the series about the teenage fairies has sold around the world. The popularity of the brand prompted Straffi to make the feature film Winx Club Movie—The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, while at the same time expanding the range of Rainbow’s TV series, which includes the comedy Monster Allergy, the action series Huntik and PopPixie for preschoolers.

Straffi continued setting new goals, including the construction of a theme park in Italy. As he explains in this video interview, Rainbow MagicLand opens later this week. Located near Rome, several of the park’s 35 attractions are based on Rainbow’s most popular characters.

One of his greatest challenges, however, is production of the movie Not Born to Be Gladiators, an ambitious project that reconstructs all of ancient Rome in 3D."

Monday, May 23, 2011

Animation Changes

So I knew there was this huge difference in animation styles in the original and the new Nick dub. But I didn't really get how much until I put them side by side.

Disregard, for a moment, all your lists of differences. Just look upon this in wonder.

I assume this is the same scene (albeit not the same exact moment). All I can say is, wow. 

Okay, permission to list differences.
- Stella is in her princess dress (the new, pretty one), and not her Magic Stella. Is there a plot change, or can this be considered a relatively minor thing? When will the transformation sequence be introduced? Besides Bloom, will there even be an individual sequence, or will it just be Bloom and then the group, like it was in the trailer?
-Gardenia in the background looks brighter, and more like a city. From Season 4, you can get that it's really big, as opposed to the smaller town I thought it was in Seasons 1-3. This animation looks more big city to me.
- Different outfits. Yeah. Duh.
- The style seems more anime. And the style seems to make the characters look younger, something I've noticed before. If I put first season and fourth season Bloom side by side, first season has always looked older to me. It's the eyes.

Anyway, do you like it more now that you see it side by side? Less? About the same? I'm tied- I do like it more, but I'm certainly going to miss the old era of Winx Club.

New Outfits!

If you've seen the trailer for Nick's dub of Winx Club, you've had a glimpse of some of the new outfits! 

Bloom's pajamas:


Stella's royal gown:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Nick's "First" Winx Oops!

What would the Winx Club be without it's Oops moments?


Notice the difference in Bloom's top?

Ariana Grande is Diaspro

Several days ago we learned that Ariana Grande of Nick's Victorious has been cast in Winx Club. Some speculated she would be playing Roxy, while others guessed she would play Tecna. Today, via Twitter, she revealed that she is voice acting Diaspro.

What do you think of this casting choice?

Hey everyone!

Hey, I'm Tabby! Love me!


Okay, Phoebe told me to say that. :p


In all seriousness, I'm Tabby, aka LoveLoveLovix. I've been a Winx fan for more than six years- since elementary school, and I'm going to be finishing high school pretty soon. My favorite Winx is Aisha (and I love that name more than Layla, so glad Nick is going to use it), my fave Specialist is Riven, and my favorite Trix is Darcy. But above all, I love Mirta. I wish they had given her a spin-off series instead of the pixies. But hey! That's what fanfiction is for... and I really love fanfiction. And fanart. I'm an all-around fanon fan. :p


Five more quick fangirl facts:
1. Winx is my favorite show, followed closely by Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. I think Flora looked cuter with glasses. See her original character design. :)
3. In my dream education, I'd go to Mahora Academy for middle school, Hogwarts for high school, and Alfea for college.
4. I collect unicorns and I need to get a job so I can buy a Peg doll off E-bay.
5. My mp3 player is dominated by Taylor Swift, then The Hush Sound, then Elisa Rosselli.


Hope to post something actually useful soon! Thanks for taking the time to read my rambles. 


Tabby

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nickelodeon Trailer


Right now, words escape me. I am speechless. Just watch the video.

Disappointed by Bloom's voice but amazed by the animation change. o.0

Video by BanjoGate

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What if Secret of the Lost Kingdom was in 3D?

Imagine this scene in 3D. Awesome or not awesome?
It is not uncommon that films get rereleased in the 3D even though they were not meant to. I see new ones on the shelves everyday now.

With that being said and Winx Club: Magical Adventure 3D being released every other week, I do not think it will be long before Rainbow/Nickelodeon decides to release the first movie, Winx Club: Secret of the Lost Kingdom, again, but in 3D in theatres and on DVDs/Blu-rays. Actually, it seems like the most probably move considering that I think Nickelodeon is trying to dub the first movie.

I like 3D movies enough but only when I go to the theatre because it's part of the experience. I could never imagine buying the disc, sticking it in my player, sitting down and then sticking on a pair of unstylish glasses on my face. Plus, buying a TV that supports 3D just seems a little out of my price range at the moment and I'm wondering if this 3D thing is only a fad.

What do you think? How would you feel if Secret of the Lost Kingdom was rereleased in 3D (in English)? Would you buy it? Is the 3D part even worth the extra dollars?

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Magic is Back: Flora's a Princess?



Thanks to Luke for providing the video!

According to this video, Flora's a princess! I'm sure this is something that's only canon in the movie, but it's an interesting thought, right? That would make four of the six girls princesses...

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Season 5 Rumors

I've had my head in a hole as far as Winx news has been concerned lately, but this morning I happened to stumble onto the official Winx Club site. This probably isn't news to any of you guys, but they've started a magazine on the English forum! I decided to check it out, and this page caught my interest:

THIS is the Una di Noi article they're referring to.
"...the Winx will have to confront the New Orleans' oil catastrophe..."
...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Guys!

Thanks so much to Angela for reminding me...
It's Winx-Fairies's birthday today, we're two years old! 

You guys are so awesome for sticking around for so long, thanks!
And a big thank you to Michael from Michael's Winx Club and Ella from Winx4Life for the cards!

Thanks for all the other cards too!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Josh Keaton voices Valtor

Thanks to Tabby (Lovelovelovix) for find out that...

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Keaton has also voiced Ethan in the Bratz animated series and Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Spectacular Spider-Man.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Nickelodeon Trailer



About the caption at 0:58: does that mean that the series has decided to drop the traditional animation style and go for the same animation as in the movies? Or are they just saying "CGI" (computer-generated image) to get us hyped? A lot of the backgrounds in season four were CGI, but the not characters.

Also, are they officially going to use the English dub of the first movie or redub it?

UPDATE: After further searching, I've found that no one except Believe in Winx has posted this video which begs many questions.

UPDATE 2: The source is MTV Network International. It had been uncredited at Believe in Winx.

Credits to Believe in Winx and Winx4life.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Molly Quinn will voice Bloom for Nickelodeon

According to Molly Quinn's official fan page...


And she decided to watch the Winx4Life blog. I guess she's a real fan of the show?

Molly Quinn is an actress who currently plays Alexis Castle in the ABC's TV series Castle. Quinn has also starred in movies such as Avalon High and A Christmas Carol (the one with Jim Carrey).

Update: So I guess we're curious to hear what Bloom's new voice will sound like? Here is a video of Quinn during a behind the scenes tour of Castle:




Credits go to the Oblivious Prattler at Una di noi for finding out about it first.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


GIRLS MONTH: Sector Guide Special 2011

The firm’s recent deal with Nickelodeon means that all future Winx activity will be supported by a long-term, guaranteed broadcast platform.
Beginning this summer, Nickelodeon will air four new one-hour specials in the US, UK, Latin America, Canada and Benelux. These will summarise the first three series and will be followed by series four in the autumn, and five in February 2012 (all co-produced with Nickelodeon).
[...]
Source: GIRLS MONTH: Sector Guide Special 2011

 
To summarise:
  • Summer 2011: Four  one-hour specials
  • Fall 2011: Season four
  • February 2012: Season five
Yay!

Credit goes to the Oblivious Prattler at Una di noi.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Magica Avventura DVD

Yesterday, the Winx Club 3D: Magica Avventura DVDs hit the shelves in Italy and are already all over online shopping sites.

They are region-locked and only have the Italian dub on it.

Sources:
BelieveInWinx
Michael's Winx Club

Monday, March 14, 2011

Nickelodeon Will Air 52 Winx Club Episodes

According to Nickelodeon, over the next three years they will be airing 450 episodes worth of new animation programmes. About 200 of them will be coming out in 2012.

52 of those 450 episodes will be Winx Club. When they will be released exactly is still unknown.

Nick and More!
PR Newswire

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tecna's Swimsuit

This is rather old but I thought I would share it with everyone. When these first came out, if I remember correctly, Tecna wasn't shown and we were left scratching our head as to what was going to happen to Tecna. I'm guessing the new theme is flowers instead of shells.


Source: Winx Magic

I apologise for the lack of news, but as you may know, not much is going on except for the release of the movie in various languages at the moment.

Monday, February 28, 2011

English Magica Avventura Soundtrack List

These are the English titles (beside their corresponding Italian versions) for the songs in Magica Avventura:
  1. A Magical World of Wonder (Tutta la magia del cuore)
  2. Believix
  3. Good Girls Bad Girls (Insopportabile alchimia)
  4. Forever (Per sempre)
  5. Don't Wake Me Up (Due destino in volo)
  6. Glamour Child (Fatto apposta per me)
  7. Supergirls (Supergirl)
  8. Love Can't Be Denied (Mentre il mondo gira)
  9. Endlessly (Irraggiungibile)
  10. Big Boys
  11. Love is a Miracle (Ora sei libertà)
I found these by going through the ending credits of the Russian version of the movie. (I'm one of those people who read movie credits.) I think I misread Glamour Child. Rainbow has started claiming copyright for all of the movies posted on YouTube, so it was difficult to find a high quality readeable version of the movie.

Also, I put A Magical World of Wonder up for download. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Winx creator in the pink

As you may or may not know, Rainbow has decided to go public and revitalise the American (North and South) market. Our feelings are reassured in the fact that Rainbow is not going to completely sell itself, the Winx Club or Pop Pixie. It still has the full rights to the Winx Club and Pop Pixie.  This is the article from Variety:

Posted: Sat., Feb. 26, 2011, 4:00am PT

Winx creator in the pink
Viacom draws on Italian animation shop

By Nick Vivarelli

Rainbow Group founder and topper Iginio Straffi, back row, hopes his deal with Viacom can make Rainbo, with fare such as 'Winx 3D,' bowing here at the Rome Film Fest, a constant content provider in the U.S.

ROME

It doesn't happen often that an American colossus like Viacom sets its sights on an Italian animation studio -- and then, rather than snapping it up outright, agrees to purchase just a minority stake.

But, then again, as Iginio Straffi, 45, the former illustrator and comicbook writer who founded Rainbow Group in 1995, puts it, "there aren't that many properties out there with figures comparable to the Winx."

Created by Straffi, these six trendy MTV-generation fairies, which have become one of Europe's top TV exports, have bewitched tween girls in more than 130 countries, and generated more than $2.7 billion, thanks in part to the theatrical film "Winx 3D" as well as myriad merchandising deals.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Viacom takes stake in Rainbow

Posted: Fri., Feb. 4, 2011, 9:25am PT

Viacom takes stake in Rainbow
Italo toon house produces 'Winx Club' franchise

By Nick Vivarelli

ROME -- Viacom has acquired a minority stake in Italian animation company Rainbow Group, maker of globally distributed "Winx Club" kiddie TV franchise, in a move that will propel the expansion of the ambitious privately owned studio and boost its bridgehead toward U.S. auds.

Founded in 1995 by former comicbook artist Iginio Straffi, Rainbow is an Italian success story largely thanks to his "Winx," six trendy teenage fairies designed with a style that mixes of Japanese manga and classic Western animation, that have bewitched millions of tween girls in more than 130 countries.

Last year, Viacom's Nikelodeon and Rainbow announced a global content-based partnership centered around "Winx Club" under which Nickelodeon secured TV and merchandising rights in the U.S. and pay TV rights for Latin America, Canada, U.K., and several other territories.

That partnership now expands to co-development and co-production of seasons five and six of "Winx Club," and to two existing theatrical "Winx" movie titles, CGI feature "Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom" and "Winx Club 3D: Magic Adventure," which are now likely to be released Stateside via Paramount.

Neither financial terms nor the entity of the Viacom stake were disclosed.
According to Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore, the Viacom stake in Rainbow is said to amount to 30%, allowing Straffi to stay in full control, with plans for a Rainbow Group flotation to follow.

Rainbow, which is based in the small central Italian city of Loreto, with a production outpost in Singapore, also makes the series "Tommy and Oscar," "Prezzy," "Monster Allergy" and, most recently, "Huntik Secrets and Seekers."

The group, which has emulated the Disney model, on a much smaller scale, also has a Rome theme park, called MagicLand, in the works based on the "Winx" franchise and other Rainbow properties.

Original

Who is Viacom? Viacom basically owns Nickelodeon, who is currently co-producing season five and six as well as redubbing the first three seasons into movies.

What is a flotation? A flotation is also known as an Initial Public Offering, or IPO for short, in which a privately owned company decides to issue stocks that can be sold to the public. (HowStuffWorks)

Take note that the article said that Paramount, which is also owned by Viacom, might release the movies in America.

Thanks to the Oblivious Prattler at Una di Noi for posting about it first.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winx Club and PopPixie Magazines Available in Québec

The Winx Club and PopPixie French comic magazines are officially available in the province of Québec (Canada). They have been available since July/August 2010. These comics are imported from France. They cost about 9.30$ before taxes and about 10.60$ after taxes. The magazines are published by Panini France S.A. All issues, Winx Club or PopPixie, come with a freebie such as jewellery or school supplies.

They are not releasing the comics in the same order as the Italian ones, but to give you an idea, they are starting with the comics around Issues #60 to present. Issues before #60 are being reprinted in a hardcover book form by Panini Kids. Prior to Panini Kids, it was Éditions Carabas that published the comics in France.