Rainbow Buys Bardel Entertainment


Rainbow’s bringing another company under their sparkling wing: Bardel Entertainment. Based in Vancover, the nearly 30-year-old animation studio has worked with big names like Dreamworks, Disney, Adult Swim, Warner Bros., and — surprise! — Nickelodeon. Some of the projects on their resume are Teen Titans Go!, Bob’s BurgersTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Jake & The Neverland Pirates, and Monsters vs. Aliens.

Bardel will keep their name and their 650+ employees. But as long as they’re not too busy, they’ll be working on Rainbow’s shows. That could include Winx Club, as well as new projects in the future.

Bottom line: if all goes well, Rainbow may be able to make more shows and produce them faster and better. Right now, they outsource animation work to studios in Korea and China, but Mr. Straffi says using Bardel would be cheaper and “allow for better control and quality guarantee.” The deal depends on whether Bardel can handle the workload over the next three years.


Season Seven Premieres in Italy, Season Eight in Production

14The new season of Winx Club premiered in Italy this morning on RAI Gulp. According to the channel’s website and WinxClub.com, two new episodes will air Monday through Friday at 6:55 a.m., with daily reruns at 4:55 p.m. RAI Gulp’s program guide lists new episodes for this weekend as well, but that may be an error.

Season Eight in Production

Credit goes to my affiliate Michael’s Winx Club for this news.

An interview with Iginio Straffi from the blog ThePocketMama.com confirms Rainbow’s working on Winx Club season eight. It also gives more details about the spinoff, Winx Club WOW: World of Winx, which will be “a bit more mature, different both graphically and as a story.” The release date may have been pushed back to 2017.


My Thoughts on Episode 6X25: “Acheron”


“Avatar State! Yip yip!”

I tried something new last time: adding more screenshots to help guide the post along. No one said it blew up their browser, so I guess it’s okay. 😛 Here’s another change: from now on, I’m gonna highlight the main moments in the episode instead of recapping the whole thing. You watched it, too. You don’t need a detailed breakdown. :)

Episode Highlights

IMG_33861. Daphne and the Winx are still looking for something to trade Rumpelstiltskin for the Legendarium Key. Out of nowhere (which is her M.O.), Eldora appears and gives them the Infinity Box, which can store anything, even magic power. I know the Legendarium Key’s important, but I wish this sideplot with Rumpel hadn’t lasted so long. It doesn’t even make sense. Alfea’s loaded with magic goods: rare books, artifacts only the teachers know about, and even a piece of the Codex! Yes, some things are too valuable to give away, but you’re telling me they couldn’t find anything?

How about the Sirenix Boxes? The Winx don’t need them anymore. Granted, they’re valuable, too, but all Rumpel would do is sit them somewhere to collect dust. Bloom’s leaving hers on her desk. What’s the difference?

2. The Winx go to Domino for Daphne and Thoren‘s wedding. I’ll talk about these two later, but I wanna gripe about a few other things first. One, is Stella the only Winx with fashion sense now? Morphix ribbons, Aisha? Who’d wanna wear pink glue all over her body on her wedding day? Lady Gaga? 😕

Two, was there a time skip between the first scene and the wedding? Bloom’s line made it sound like there was, but the scene with Selina and the Trix picked up from the end of the last episode. If there wasn’t, that means Thoren proposed about a day or two ago! Talk about a short engagement!

Three, what right did Eldora have to officiate? She’s not a priestess. She’s a retired fairy godmother with too many flowers in her house! Sigh. Maybe it was just for laughs.

IMG_33993. Selina finally frees Acheron. He betrays her, traps the Trix in the Legendarium, and casts a spell called Infinite Chaos that negates all magic but the Dragon Flame. That’s right. Selina got used. If you didn’t see this twist coming, you might not be smarter than a fifth grader. (Apologies to the fifth graders who did see it coming. 😛 )

Doesn’t Acheron’s outfit look like the Paladin uniform? 😛 I confess: I thought Nex and Thoren were gonna be villains when I saw them in the trailer. That uniform just screams “evil” to me. (Great. I just threw a bone to the fans who think Nex is a villain in disguise. 😕 )

4. Selina contacts Bloom through Griffin’s Magic Eye. After Acheron’s spell interrupts the wedding, the Winx head to Magix to beat him. Wait a minute. Don’t you need a spell or an inter-realm ship to get to Magix from Domino? It’s another planet! How could the Winx just fly there?

They did it in “Inspiration of Sirenix” (6X01), too, but I assumed they entered the Infinite Ocean along the way. This time, they didn’t have Sirenix. Did Bloomix give them the power to fly through the space? 😕

5. After the Winx save Selina and stop Cloud Tower from crash landing, Acheron summons a three-headed dragon to destroy them. Bloom comes up with the plan: lead him into the Legendarium World and trap him there for good. I don’t have much to say about this. The scene with the Winx saving Cloud Tower was cool. Why would Acheron have the power to summon a lizard spirit, though? Is it because of the Dragon Flame? (By the way, I know some fans were wondering why he had the Dragon Flame. It’s simple: he had the piece Selina used to free him. No plot holes here.)

IMG_34286. Bloom traps Acheron in the Infinity Box and trades him to Rumpel for the Legendarium Key. But before she can return to the real world, the Trix ambush her. Great. Bloom saves the day again. Hello, seasons three and five. 😕 Sigh. I wish the Winx would fight the “final boss” (or bosses) together, like they used to.
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Why Aisha Chose Nex


In case you skipped Roy’s post, here’s a recap. Roy was just a minor character. He was her segue between mourning Nabu and falling in love with Nex. That’s why he vanished at the end of season six: Nickbow (and Aisha) didn’t need him anymore.

Aisha’s dating Nex now, and the fans aren’t happy. They pretend the two aren’t a real couple, or they act like Nex doesn’t exist by leaving him out of fan art or screenshot sets. Ms. “I’m-Banning-Guys-All-Together” can’t really be in love with a “bad boy,” right? And there’s no way he loves her back. He just loves competing with her.

Here’s my two cents. Yes, this is my opinion, but I’ve got some official stuff to back it up. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

Season Six Resumes September 9 on Nick Jr.

capture_001_31082015_171359_675Credit goes to Brandon L. for reporting this news on Facebook, and to NickALive and my affiliate Michael’s Winx Club for sharing it before me!

Zap2It and LocateTV are reporting “The Magic Totem” (6X18) will air Wednesday, Sep. 9 on Nick Jr. at a new time: 6 p.m. EST. The next episode, “Queen for a Day” (6X19), will air Friday, Sep. 11, also at 6 p.m. EST. Both episodes previously premiered on Nick.com.

According to Nick & More, the next two episodes — “Stella’s Big Party” (6X20) and “A Monster Crush” (6X21) — will air on Tuesday, Sep. 15 and Thursday Sep. 17. This will be the official U.S. premiere of “A Monster Crush,” which was never shown online or on TV.

No word yet if the new time slot and the move to Tuesdays and Thursdays are permanent.


Why Aisha Didn’t Choose Roy


Roy X Aisha. Sorry, “Royisha” fans. It wasn’t meant to be. The Fairy of Waves is officially with Nex, and it looks like Blond Specialist #2 is gone for good.

In case you’re hoping it’s a mistake, here’s more bad news: Aisha and Nex already have a couple comic. It’s called “La Prova di Nex” (Nex’s Test), and it came out in the Feb. 2015 issue of Winx Magazine. (Hmmmm…Valentine’s Day’s in February. 😛 ) Nex goes to Andros and meets her parents. Here’s a quote from Queen Niobe (my translation): “It’s a special occasion! We’re pleased to meet your new boyfriend!”

I know what you’re thinking: “The comics aren’t canon.” You’re right. They’re not. This hasn’t happened — yet. 😛 But Aisha and Nex are together in season seven (sans Roy), so the comic’s just confirming what we know from the show.

What happened? Why did Aisha choose the “bad boy” over the “nice guy?” Wasn’t Roy already her boyfriend? And why did he vanish from the show? He could have at least said goodbye!

I think I’ve got some answers. Some of them are just opinions, but some are based on official information. All of them point to the same conclusion: Roy was a minor character all along. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

Butterflix vs. Tynix *POSSIBLE SPOILERS*

Yep, I couldn’t wait. Everyone’s buzzing about Tynix, and I didn’t wanna be left out until Heaven knows when. No, I didn’t watch the episode or the transformation sequence. I’m basing my thoughts on the screenshots I’ve seen around the Internet.



I’ve warmed up to it based on what I’ve seen. It’s not Enchantix (still top of my list), but at least it’s prettier than Sirenix! Tecna used to be my favorite, but she’s in third place now. My new favorite: Aisha. This is what changed my mind:


One word: gorgeous! This is my favorite stock art for her ever! 😀

Second place now belongs to Musa. Her stock art’s not as stunning, but I love the color scheme and her wings.

As for the others:

  • I still hate Flora’s — the dress, the hair, and especially the wings. Ugh. 😕
  • Bloom’s is okay, but the color scheme (and that awful eye shadow) still scream “circus clown” to me.
  • Stella’s dress is lovely, but I hate her hair. And her wings look like a three-year-old took a pair of scissors to them. 😕


Ugh. I was hoping that wasn’t the real name. It’s…awful. 😕

At least the form makes up for its mediocre moniker. I’ve never seen so much bling in my life — it’s almost too much — but the Winx look glamorous. I can’t wait to see the transformation sequence!

Musa’s is my favorite at first glance. I love the hair and the color scheme. Second place goes to…anyone but Flora. Holy dragon, what is this mess? Are those crystals, or did someone glue construction paper all over her? This is the gaudiest thing she’s ever worn! 😕

Mythix, Butterflix, and now Tynix? That’s three duds in a row, Rainbow! Flora had better look fabulous next season! 😛

Favorite Look for Each Winx

  • Bloom: Tynix. That crystal-decked skirt beats her Butterflix dress any day.
  • Stella: Butterflix. I love the monarch butterfly pattern on her dress. Tynix loses points for the hair. It looks like a Sirenix ‘do gone wrong. 😕
  • Tecna: It’s not an easy choice, but I pick Butterflix. Purple looks better than green on her, in my opinion. (It’s her official color, after all.)
  • Flora: Bloomix. 😛 Okay, okay. Butterflix. I can almost look at it without wanting to poke my eyes out. 😕
  • Aisha: Tynix. (You thought I’d say Butterflix, didn’t you? 😉 ) White and light blue look great on her, and I like the crystal crown and Tinkerbell wings.
  • Musa: Another tough choice, but Tynix wins because of the hair and the crystals running along her skirt. Very elegant.

Your Turn

Which form’s your favorite? :) Do you agree or disagree with my picks?

By the way, Happy Birthday, Stella! 😀


My Thoughts on Episode 6X24: “Legendary Duel”

IMG_3181I guess this was the “tie up loose ends before the final battle” episode. Nickbow resolved two main plots and two sideplots, but they dug a plot hole as big as a crater along the way.

(Note: you’ll notice I put more screenshots in this review. As long as someone’s mobile device doesn’t break when they try to load the page, I’m gonna do this from now. I think it’ll help organize my thoughts better.)


The next target in the Trix’s conquest is the Magic School for Forgers, run by someone we haven’t seen since the first movie: Hagen the blacksmith. Still as proud and brave as ever, he refuses to bow the evil trio. Unfortunately, they overpower him and steal the source of the school’s power: the Magic Steel. Now, one school remains: Alfea!

Our nerd couple, Timmy and Tecna, are still preparing for the inevitable attack. They finally figure out how to get the Spectrographic Localizer to work. It was simple. All they had to do was set the Spectro..sensitive..Potenti…ometer…thingy. Yeah. 😛

While they’re downloading it, Daphne and the other Winx — minus Stella —are trying to solve their Rumpelstiltskin problem. What can they trade to him to get the Legendarium Key back? The professor suggests they search yet another hidden room: the Alfea “Underfloors.” It’s full with magic artifacts. (Was basement not a cool enough word? 😛 )

Where’s Stella? She’s in her boutique helping a customer. Just as she’s jazzing up her look up with some peacock feathers, Griselda comes in and catches her. But to the princess’ surprise, she’s not angry about her business. She loves it! She wants some feathers, too, and she wants to tell everyone in the school about Stella Couture! 😀

(Was anyone else creeped out by this scene? I mean…it’s Griselda! Stone-faced Griselda! She never gets excited about anything! 😯 )


Bloom comes to get Stella, then Daphne, the Winx, and the Pixies head to the Underfloors. Inside are all the treasures a dwarf could ask for. The three that catch their eyes first are the statues of the Champions of Alfea, the strongest fairies in history. Everyone starts looking for something to trade, and as normal, the Pixies — specifically Chatta — cause some trouble in the process. (Pixies… :roll: )

Meanwhile, the Trix gather their students in front of the dragon skull once more. Using all the power they’ve stolen from the magic schools, they cloak them with the same invisibility spell protecting Cloud Tower. They waste no time flying to Alfea and beginning their attack. Faragonda, Wizgiz, Palladium, Eldora, and Griffin create a barrier around the school, but the witches burn it down like it’s made of paper.

It’s up to the kids to save the day again. Palladium races off to call the Specialists and Paladins, while Daphne and the Winx suit up for battle! Of course, it’s hard to fight an enemy you can’t see. Bloom, Stella, and Flora get knocked out of the sky, but their boyfriends show up just in time to catch them. (Geez, that was fast. It’s like they live at Alfea. 😕 )

Tecna takes care of the invisibility spell. With the push of a button, the Spectrographic Localizer brings Cloud Tower and the witches out of hiding. That doesn’t sit well with them, so they retreat. 😛

Selina watches all the action through Griffin’s Magic Eye. As soon as she sees Bloom, she remembers her own goal: stealing a spark of her Dragon Flame. Now’s the perfect time. Acheron, soon you’ll be free from your prison of paper!

“Selina, who are you talking to?”

Oops! Icy almost catches her. As usual, she comes up with a good excuse to throw the Trix off her scent. Why are they here? Because it’s time for phase two of the battle.

While Faragonda’s praising the gang for fending off the first wave, the Trix appear. For once, they’re not here to fight. They’ve got a proposition: instead of an all-out war, how about a duel between the strongest witch and fairy? The strongest fairy’s Bloom, of course, and she’s more than ready for the challenge. Bring it on, Icy!

Nope. It’s not Icy she’ll be fighting. It’s her childhood friend: Selina.


The young witch can’t wait, but first, she leaves something to keep Bloom’s teammates occupied. Summoned from the Legendarium, the Champions of Alfea come alive and rise up from beneath the courtyard. Looks like the Trix never meant to play fair, after all!

At last, Selina and Bloom meet again. True to her nature, the fire fairy tries to talk things out, but her old friend’s not listening. She’s the first to attack. Fine. Let the duel begin!

Meanwhile, the Champions of Alfea turn out to be just as tough as their title suggests. Their attacks overpower the Winx’s spells, and the guys can’t even get close enough to hit them. Poor Musa ends up getting a shower. 😛

Nex comes up with an idea to beat the Water Champion. He draws her attention, while Aisha attacks her from behind. It doesn’t work. Aisha hits her, but she recovers right away.

For a moment, the two of them don’t seem to care. They’re too busy praising themselves for their teamwork — and making goo-goo eyes at each other. Hmmmm… :)

Once they snap out of it, they ask Eldora and Daphne for advice on how to beat the Champions. Neither of them have any, but Daphne remembers an interesting detail from the legend: the Champions were so strong, they refused to bond with the Pixies. That gives Aisha an idea. Maybe they can use Pixie bonding to defeat them!

There’s just one problem: most of the Pixies disappeared. Bloom said it’s as if they no longer exist in this dimension! Does that mean…they’re in the Legendarium World? If that’s the case, Aisha must go to Pixie Village and enter the Legendarium World from there.

She heads off right away, but Icy blocks her path. Nex floats up next to Aisha and draws his halberd to knock the witch out of the way. Before he gets a chance, she shoots an ice beam right at him.

“Nex, no!” Aisha yells.

The Paladin doesn’t flinch. He bats the beam right back at her, sending her flying. That takes care of her. Now, it’s onward to Gloomywood! Nex decides to tag along.

Once they reach Pixie Village, Aisha stops to praise him for standing up to Icy. She was very impressed by his courage. Nex basks in the compliment for a second, then wishes her good luck with her mission. Cue second goo-goo eyes moment. 😛

After promising to save the other Pixies, Aisha pulls out her Mythix wand and disappears into the Legendarium World. She arrives in a forest full of rocks, but there’s no one there. After flying around a bit, she spots something familiar: the Tree of Life, the tree that normally stands at the center of Pixie Village. It’s rooted itself here!

Before she can do anything, out of nowhere come the Gloomywood Trolls, the monsters the Pixies trapped under their village. Aisha’s not afraid. She beats them quickly, reducing them to bubbles with her Waterizing Ray. Piece of cake.


Back to the Tree. She can hear Ninfea’s voice coming from it — the Pixies are trapped underneath it! Using her Morphix magic, she dissolves the new roots, and she, the Pixies, and the Tree return to the real world. Her tiny friends race up to her and thank her for saving them.

Nex and the others find them. The Pixies are glad to see their friends, and he’s glad to see Aisha. :)

But there’s no time to celebrate. The Alfea fairies need the power of bonding to beat the Champions of Alfea! Ninfea gathers all the Pixies in a circle, and they converge their magic and send it toward Alfea.

The energy pours down upon the courtyard. All the students gather up, absorb the power, and dissolve the Champion of Alfea with a wave of magic. The Trix have lost again! Time for them to surrender!

Not yet. The duel’s not over.

In between dodging and blocking attacks, Bloom keeps trying to reason with Selina. It’s no use. The young witch has tasted power, and she’s not giving it up.

Time to end this game. She summons two snakes to bind Bloom’s arms, then she sucks a piece of the Dragon Flame right out of her body! Her plan worked. There’s no need to stay anymore, so she “forfeits” the duel and flies back to Cloud Tower.

Bloom has no idea what just happened. All she knows is she won, which means it’s time for the Trix to leave. They’re confused, too. Selina’s got some explaining to do!

When Bloom returns to the others, Flora gives her a hug to congratulate her on her victory. But the fire fairy doesn’t feel like a winner. She just had to fight her childhood friend, and the duel ended with her just…quitting! What’s gotten into Selina?

Back in Pixie Village, the Pixies celebrate their freedom. If it hadn’t been for Aisha, they’d have trapped in the Legendarium World forever. To Aisha!

After accepting cupcakes from Cara, Aisha and Nex turn to each other. The fairy shyly admits how scared she was when Icy shot at him at Alfea. The Paladin smiles and takes her hand. Turns out he was worried about her, too, when she entered the Legendarium World. He was afraid she’d never come back.

“And now you’re happy?” Aisha asks.

“Happier than you can even imagine.” :)


Someone else is happy, too, right now: Selina. With the piece of the Dragon Flame she stole from Bloom, she can finally accomplish her goal! Soon, Acheron will be out of the Legendarium and in the real world — with her! Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

Roy or Nex?

Winx fans, I wanna hear from you!

I’m working on a couple posts about the Roy/Aisha/Nex love triangle, but I’ve realized I don’t have enough of an idea of why the fans prefer one guy over the other. I want your opinions!

Here’s what I wanna know:

  • Which guy do you prefer?
  • Why do you think he’s a good match for Aisha?
  • Why do you think the other guy’s not a good match for Aisha?

You can write a few words or a few paragraphs. It doesn’t matter. I just wanna know what you think.

My Thoughts on Episode 6X23: “The Anthem”


Lots to talk about once again, so let’s get started!


IMG_3134The Winx have tried every spell in their arsenal, even convergence. Nothing’s working. Rumpel’s invincible, and he still has Musa’s voice. Their only option is to trade for it.

Oh, but Rumpel won’t take just anything for the voice of a fairy. They must give him something equally valuable. The rarest thing they have is…the Legendarium Key. But how will they lock the Legendarium and beat the Trix without it?

The Winx need some time to deliberate, but Rumpel doesn’t wanna wait. He wants their decision now! Thankfully, Tecna manages to reason with the greedy dwarf. He gives them a day to make up their minds.

They return to the real world to an eagerly-awaiting Musa, whose hopes are immediately shot down. She dashes off to the Music Cafe in tears. That settles it. As her friends, they must get her voice back no matter what!

Musa tries to play her sorrows away on the piano. But suddenly, she’s accompanied by a symphony of instruments. It’s Roxy and the student musicians! They’ve come to cheer her up with a song to thank her for giving them the gift of music. The Winx come in and start dancing as soon as they hear the melody. When the song’s over, they give their friend a big hug. :)

Suddenly, the students’ instruments — which lost power when Musa lost her voice — regain their magic energy. Now they’ll able to protect Alfea once again! That song would make a great anthem for the school, as well as the perfect shield against the witches. But to bring out its full potential, the Winx will need a bigger performance — like a massive, outdoor concert! They start planning right way.

Meanwhile, Sky and Riven meet in Aisha’s gym for their duel. The prince tries to be diplomatic about it, but nothing will change Riven’s mind now. He’s determined to settle their rivalry once and for all.

Since he was the challenger, he lets Sky to choose the combat style: fencing. Morphix épées appear, and the two Specialists duke it out in what feels more like a fight to the death than a friendly match. Sky, being royalty, attacks more gracefully, while Riven strikes with anger and aggression. In the end, elegance trumps brute force.

Riven admits defeat. Sky will always be the leader of the Specialists, and he’ll always be standing in his shadow. If he wants to reach the top, he’ll need to make some big changes in his life.

IMG_3146At Cloud Tower, the Trix fuss at Selina for her failures. They’re tired of all her useless monsters, especially Rumpel, who won’t take orders. The young witch reminds them they got they wanted. Musa lost her voice, so Alfea’s still defenseless.

That gets their attention. If they wanna conquer Alfea, they must destroy those instruments. Now’s their chance.

They call the student witches to the dragon skull, where they keep the magic they’ve stolen, and grant them a new power: intangibility. Now direct spells won’t affect them. They’re practically invincible. Time to use it against the Winx!

Before Musa’s concert, Thoren and Daphne meet up on the lawn. She drops a few hints about what a perfect set up this is for — you know, two people getting together. 😛 The Paladin gets the message and asks her to be his date. Awwwww. :) (Hey, it’s relevant for later.)

Faragonda introduces the new Music Cafe band, then the concert begins. The audience loves it, and the headmistress can tell there’s enough magic to protect Alfea. That’s a good thing, because just then, the witch army arrives to put it to the test! The Winx (minus Musa) transform, and along with the Specialists and Paladins, they attempt to fight back. But their attacks pass right through them!

Musa has an idea. If direct spells won’t work, maybe the magic of the instruments will. She leads the band in an encore of the anthem of Alfea and guides its energy right toward the witches. Sure enough, they can’t withstand it, and they retreat to Cloud Tower.

In the midst of the applause, Bloom notices Rumpel sneaking into the college. The Winx follow him to their dorm, where he tells them their time is up. Are they willing to give up the Legendarium Key for their friend?

Of course. Musa deserves to have her voice back after what she’s done to defend Alfea. They’ll find another way to beat the Trix. Rumpel takes the Key, then smashes the bottle containing her voice. The Fairy of Music’s finally able to speak again.

Just in time, too. How else would she have said goodbye to Riven?


There’s someone important missing from this screenshot…

After losing to Sky and failing to protect her when she needed it, the Specialist knows he’s not the right guy for her. She deserves someone who can support her, as a warrior and as a boyfriend. Musa agrees. They just weren’t meant to be together.

“Goodbye, Musa.”

With those words, Riven leaves Alfea for the last time.

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