Thursday, December 15, 2011

Original 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.


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.