Rainbow’s Prepping For Winx Worldwide Reunion 2

capture_001_13022016_174025_604Credit goes to WinxClubRUS for sharing this news first!

The Winx Worldwide Reunion website has been updated, revealing Rainbow’s planning to hold the event again this year. It’ll take place Sep. 2-4 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, a town in the province of Udine, Italy. Rainbow has already started promoting it.

Last year, companies around the world held contests where fans could win trips to the reunion. What’s in store for this year? Keep checking back to WinxReunion.com to see!


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Live-Action Winx Movie Officially Green-Lit

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This is what I get for being at school when big news breaks! I’m sure you’ve heard already, but the Winx Club live-action movie is officially happening. Rainbow’s teaming up with Hollywood Gang, a Warner Bros.-based studio to bring the Winx to the big screen.

What do you think of this news? What episodes/seasons would you wanna see adapted for the film — or would you wanna see a new story? Who would you cast in the lead roles?


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Deadline: “‘Winx Club’ To Get Big Screen & Live-Action Treatment Via Hollywood Gang”
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My Thoughts on Episode 7X03: “Butterflix”

capture_005_24012016_142519_817Guess what? The Winx get Butterflix in this episode! Gasp! What a shocker!

Sigh. Why does Rainbow tell us when the Winx are gonna get their new forms now? Just look at these titles: “The Power of Harmonix” (5X06), “Sirenix” (5X13), “Mythix” (6X14), and now “Butterflix.” Bloomix was the exception, since not all the girls earned it in the same episode, but we knew someone was gonna get it in “Bloomix Power” (6X04).

Next season, I wanna be surprised again. I wanna see the Winx in a now-or-never situation and not know if they’ll get a new power or not. It’s more suspenseful that way.

Anyway, let’s look at episode 7X03: “Butterflix!” Don’t forget the Winx are still in the past. When I say Faragonda, Kalshara, etc., I’m talking about their younger selves. (I just don’t wanna put “young” in front of their names each time.)

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EPISODE SUMMARY

1. The Winx and Roxy promise to help Faragonda find her Digmole. In Wizgiz’s classroom, teacher’s pet Kalshara shows off by turning into a bird, which Bloom recognizes as the thief who stole the last Digmole from The Alfea Natural Park. Wizgiz kicks Faragonda out and dismisses Kalshara for good behavior. As they head back to their dorm, Kalshara convinces her that by reading the Tome of Nature, she can figure out where her Digmole went.
I’ll save my thoughts about these scenes for later.

2. Faragonda sneaks into Mavilla’s office while she’s away and steals the Tome. The headmistress’s pet lions almost catch her, but she uses her magic to turn them into harmless widdle cubs. D’aww! She heads back to her dorm.
Faragonda snuck into her future office? That’s ironic! Nothing stood out to me about this scene, except…the Pelletfly’s joke! “Wait for the beak?” It cracks me up every time! 😛 I love puns, and the delivery was perfect. Kudos to Mavilla’s voice actress!

3. According to the Tome of Nature, Digmoles live in the Valley of Fruit. Faragonda starts to feel guilty and wants to put the book back, but Kalshara “promises” to return it for her. The future headmistress believes her and leaves to find the Winx. Kalshara rips out a page, uses the spell on it to enter the Fairy Animals’ Hall, and absorbs the Wild Magic stored there.

Oh, Faragonda! You’re so naive! Never trust someone who does something fishy, then tells you to trust them! 😛

I wasn’t impressed with the Fairy Animals’ Hall scene. We’re just three episodes in, and we’ve already seen two, new secret rooms? And why should a bubble of Wild Magic be so easy to get to if it’s so dangerous? Alfea has a lot of safety issues!

4. Without the Wild Magic, all the Fairy Animals at Alfea go nuts. Faragonda thinks this is her fault, but before she can tell the Winx what she did, Mavilla shows up holding the Tome of Nature. Busted! Just then, Bloom sees the bird Kalshara turned into in Wizgiz’s class flying away. The Winx, Faragonda, Roxy, and Mavilla decide to head to the Valley of Fruit to “restore order to the Fairy Animal world.”

What did the Digmoles have to do with this scene? Yes, now we know Kalshara was after them, but Faragonda didn’t know that, so why would she suggest going to the Valley of Fruit? I think it would have made more sense if someone — maybe Bloom — had said, “Let’s follow Kalshara and see where she goes.” Otherwise, it seems like Faragonda was only thinking about her own problems.

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5. Kalshara finds Brafilius asleep in the Valley of Fruit. Against his wishes, she uses a diamond laced with Wild Magic to turn him into a dog. While he’s stumbling around chasing Digmoles, our heroes show up. Brafilius uses his new powers to summon the Giant of the Valley to capture the little Fairy Animals, and Roxy and the Winx transform to save them. Meanwhile, Kalshara tries to attack Mavilla. Faragonda turns her into a cub and tries to cage her, but Brafilius snatches her away with his hat and disappears.

I liked it when Kalshara turned Brafilius into a dog (before he started chasing the Digmoles). Sounded like he didn’t wanna be involved in her plans anymore. I wonder if he’s still mad at her for this on him.

One question, though: did he have magic powers before he became an animal? I’m guessing he didn’t. That might explain why he couldn’t use them well.

6. The Winx’s spells aren’t working on the giant because it’s protected by nature. Roxy and Aisha come up with a plan: attack its arms to free the Digmoles and let them defend themselves. It works. The Digmoles dig the giant to pieces! The magic that protected it is released onto the Winx, and they become Butterflix fairies! Faragonda lets her Digmole go, and Mavilla thanks the Winx for helping her realize the Fairy Animals should be free. She decides to erase the memories of everyone at Alfea so no one can abuse these animals again.

I’ll talk about this in the next section, too. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

My Thoughts on Episode 7X02: “Young Fairies Grow Up”

capture_004_19012016_164019_866What a random title! It doesn’t tell you anything about the episode! What fairies are we talking about? Roxy? Young Faragonda? The Alfea students from the past?

I think Rainbow couldn’t think of a name, and they came up with this at last minute. Why not something like “A Trip to the Past” or “The Stones of Memories?” At least those explain something. 😕

Anyway, here’s my review of episode two!

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

1. Kalshara intimidates the Digmole to get him to tell her how to find the Fairy Animals’ Ultimate Power.
Once again, why does Kalshara need Brafilius? He was even more useless than he was last episode! She could have gotten the Digmole’s cage down herself!

capture_003_19012016_163544_5542. The Winx and Roxy meet with Faragonda about the Digmole abduction. Faragonda’s worried because all Fairy Animals have special talents or secrets that could be dangerous if misused. Now, they’ll never know the Digmoles’ secret because that was the last one alive. When Roxy says offhandedly they can’t go back in time to find more Digmoles, that gives Faragonda an idea. She takes the fairies to another secret room in Alfea — The Hall of Memories — and gives each of them a Stone of Memories, which can send them back in time. But she warns them: don’t change the past.
The Stone of Memories isn’t new to the franchise. It was introduced in comic #100 (appropriately called “The Stone of Memories”). Time travel has been done before, too. The Winx went to the future in comic #60 (“Future Adventures”).

When we learned this gimmick would be used in the show, the fanbase went crazy. But it may have been for the wrong reasons. I’ll save those thoughts for a later post.

Everyone got excited when Roxy got a Stone, too. Does that mean she’s a Winx now? 😀 Nope, not so fast. It gets stolen two episodes later. Way to dash our hopes again, Rainbow.

3. The Winx and Roxy land at Alfea in the past, and Fairy Animals are everywhere! The students are holding their annual exhibition, but a familiar-looking girl accidentally wrecks everything. Some of the animals run away, including her Digmole. Our heroes intervene and save her. But while they’re in the woods, a herd of Deerbeetles come after them. Luckily, another student jumps out of the trees and orders them to leave.
This was the action part of the episode. There wasn’t a lot fighting, but it still felt chaotic. I liked how the Winx didn’t get involved right away. After all, they weren’t supposed to be there, and any wrong move could change to the future.

capture_059_11012016_080401_2944. In her office, the current headmistress, Mavilla, scolds the girl who ruined the exhibition. Turns out she’s Faragonda, the headmistress the Winx know and love. When Mavilla thanks the Winx for saving the day, Roxy makes a comment about how the Fairy Animals belong in their natural habitats. Mavilla says their animal care techniques come from The Tome of Nature, an encyclopedia on Fairy Animals.
Two things bothered me about this scene. First, every season since four has had a magic book that played a role in the story:

  • Season four: The Book of Fairies, which told the Winx how to use their Believix powers and where to find certain Earth Fairies.
  • Season five: The Sirenix Book, which guided them on their quest to earn Sirenix.
  • Season six: The Legendarium, which the Winx spent all season trying to find a way to lock forever.

Now we have a new one: The Tome of Nature. I know Roxy ends up with it somehow because she had it in the video Rainbow posted last year. My guess: the Winx will find it in the Magic Archives like they did the Sirenix Book.

What’s with all the books? Is this Rainbow’s indirect way of encouraging kids to read? I hope they don’t add another to the bookshelf in season eight or WoW.

Second, I feel like Roxy’s remark about the animals came out of nowhere. I get why she wouldn’t like them living at Alfea, but she didn’t act upset about it until this scene. In fact, she seemed impressed at first — at least that these animals were so tame. Why was she suddenly mad about it? Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

My Thoughts on Episode 7X01: “The Alfea Natural Park”

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Season seven’s finally here! :) Yes, we’re one of the last countries to get it, but maybe this was the best time. With WoW and other cool things that could happen this year, this is a good way to kick it off. And we don’t have to wait for the digital copies. The first two episodes are already on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video!

Let’s talk about what’s changed this season. Some fans think Nick’s not involved in the show anymore, but that’s not true. They’re not co-producing it or dubbing it anymore, but they’re still Rainbow’s broadcast partner, meaning they have the rights to air it on their channels. The new voice cast was picked by DuArt Film & Video, the studio that dubs Pokémon. Some of the actors are veterans from the 4Kids Winx years, but they’re playing other characters. (See this post for more info.)

Before I start the review, I have a confession to make. I’ve already been spoiled on a few major plot points, but I hadn’t seen a full episode until now — just loose scenes here and there. I haven’t watched the whole Tynix sequence, either, or heard the song. The fanbase went nuts over it, so I wanted to savor that moment when we get there.

Everyone ready? Here’s the first review of the new season!

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EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

1. As the Winx are sneaking into Alfea past curfew, a pair of students run out of the woods with a giant, purple monster chasing them. Bloom nearly gets crushed! Luckily (or unluckily), Faragonda arrives and shrinks the creature down to normal size. She summons the Winx to her office and tells them about the Alfea Natural Park, which she created to house endangered Fairy Animals. The grand opening’s next week, and she wants them to plan a party for it.

These scenes were charming to me for some reason. Not much happened, but just seeing the interactions between the Winx and hearing Faragonda talk about the park was enough to keep my attention. It felt a bit like old-school Winx Club. :)

2. Wearing Stella’s new tourist line, the Winx and Kiko meet up with Faragonda, the two girls from last night (the keepers of the park), and Roxy, along with the now-tiny Kangourmet. Faragonda knew the Fairy of Animals would be sure to get it back home safely. The park’s guarded by a magic barrier, which only those with fairy magic can cross.

The barrier scene felt like a throwback to season one, when Bloom first got to Alfea. I don’t know why the Winx were scared to enter (they have fairy magic :roll: ), but maybe Rainbow wanted us to be impressed by the barrier. Too bad I wasn’t. Of course, someone was gonna break in. How many has Faragonda done this, and it hasn’t worked? 😛

3. The Winx, Roxy, and Kiko explore the park. Musa dedicates a song to the animals (because that’s what music fairies do, I guess). Roxy lets the Kangourmet go. Along with the way, the fairies come across a Digmole…that gets snatched up by a bird of prey!
That escalated quickly. It was so sudden, I didn’t know whether to be shocked or laugh. 😛 I liked it, though, because it broke the silence in a big way. Play time’s over, Winx!

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4. The Winx transform and chase after the bird, but it’s too fast for them. It escapes through the barrier, which means it must have fairy magic. The fairies report the break-in to Faragonda. Meanwhile, the bird — who’s really Kalshara — returns to her lair with the Digmole. This is just step one of her master plan: to create an army of Fairy Animals that will obey her every command.

Why didn’t the Winx go through the barrier to catch Kalshara? So what if she got outside the park? They have wings, too. It felt like they just gave up. 😕

And why does Kalshara need Brafilius? She has magic, and he’s a bumbling idiot, so why can’t she lock up the animals herself? I bet that’s never gonna get explained. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

2016: The Year of WOW

capture_004_31122015_181643_997Happy New Year, Winx fans! Time for my annual “What to Expect This Year” post! I know I usually would have done this already by now, but better late than never, right?

This could be an interesting year. I think it’ll be the first time a new season has premiered the year after another one, but it’ll be a brand-new series! Plus, season seven will still be airing in some countries. That’s a lot of Winx!

1. Season seven continues (starting Jan. 2).

Tomorrow and Sunday, “It’s a Crazy, Crazy World” (7X21) and “The Kingdom of Diamonds” (7X22) will premiere in the U.K. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but season seven should end in most countries this year. Sound off, Winx fans! When is season seven coming back to your TV?

2. Season seven premieres in the U.S. (Jan. 10).

“The Alfea Natural Park” (7X01) and “Young Fairies Grow Up” (7X02) are set to premiere Sunday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. EST on Nick Jr. Let’s hope Nick Jr. doesn’t have any more “technical issues.” Cross your fingers and toes, U.S. Winx fans!

3. World of Winx premieres on Netflix (Spring)

This is what most old-school fans are waiting for. Michael from Michael’s Winx Club heard season one will premiere in the 2nd quarter of the year (April-June). Season two will premiere in the fall. Hopefully, we’ll get to see a trailer soon.

4. Rainbow starts promoting season eight?

Speculation time! We know Rainbow releases a new season (of the main series) every other year. Since season season premiered last year, season eight will probably come in 2017. That means we might start hearing about it this year, probably in the fall. Don’t quote me on that! I’m not sure!

5. Rainbow starts talking about the fourth movie?

More guessing! We know the movie’s in production, and rumor has it it’l also premiere next year. So we might start hearing about it, too. Again, don’t quote me!

As always, we’ll have new merchandise to shop for, but it could be for both series. Rainbow’s supposedly working a licensing program for WOW, and they wanna turn into its own separate franchise. Hope your wallets (or your parents’ wallets) are ready!

My New Year’s wish: the U.S. will get new merchandise, too. I want more Winx dolls! I hope Earthbound LLC (the U.S. licensing agent) and Rainbow are still working together. We’ve heard nothing since this partnership began, but maybe this year we’ll start to see the results.

A lot of good stuff ahead, Winx fans! What are you looking forward to the most?

New U.S. Season Seven Premiere Date: Jan. 10

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Here we go again, U.S. Winx fans! Season seven’s now set to premiere Sunday, Jan. 10 from 10-11 a.m. EST on Nick Jr. You know the drill by now. Don’t be surprised if it changes again, but still tell your friends and be ready. Maybe the wait will finally be over.

Thank you to Brandon L. for this news!


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Top 3 Best & Worst Episodes of Season Six

So, about that season seven premiere…

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Yeah, I’m annoyed, too. The waiting game’s getting unbearable. I hope Nick Jr. fixes those so-called “technical issues” soon. Wouldn’t it be sad if World of Winx premiered in the U.S. first? (Great. I bet I jinxed it. :roll: )

At least this give me time to wrap up my season six reviews. Sorry for the lack of posts these last few months. I just finished floundering through another semester of college. Now I’m working on a custom template for the blog, and I hope to have it ready it by early January.

I could use a break from coding and color scheming, so let’s talk about the best and worst episodes of season six. For me, the worst were easier to choose. I enjoyed many of the episodes, but none of them stood out to me. In the end, I picked two I liked a lot and the one I felt was obviously #1. (You can probably guess it already.)

Let’s start with the three worst episodes, so we can end on a positive note. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

Season Seven Postponed Because of “Technical Issues”

IMG_4053After Nick Jr. cancelled the season seven premiere, my affiliate Michael from Michael’s Winx Club reached out for some answers. Rainbow told him the episodes were dropped because of “technical issues.” It sounds iffy, but we have to believe them.

At least Nick may still be planning to air the season. A few fans told me two episodes are listed for Sunday, Dec. 13 from 10-11 a.m. EST. (Zap2It confirms this.) But we don’t know yet if they’re from season seven because the titles aren’t shown.

Stay tuned for updates!


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Season Seven U.S. Premiere Delayed (Again)

capture_055_08072013_163601_291I hate writing these types of posts, and I wanted to wait until I was sure. Looks like it’s true: Nick Jr. has dropped the premiere of season seven. The first two episodes are no longer listed on Zap2It or Nick Jr.’s schedule for tomorrow.

Sorry, fellow fans. Believe me, I’m as annoyed and disappointed as you are. But we’ve waited this long. Let’s try to be patient.

In the meantime, season three’s still re-airing weekdays at 1:16 p.m. EST. A few fans have suggested watching it to get the ratings up and show Nick we still love Winx Club. If you’re not near a TV at that time of day, DVR-ing it will help, too.


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