It was what one would expect from an ice show: cheesy sometimes but alluring. The story isn’t immediately obvious to a non-Italian speaker, so I did some research. This is from the show’s website:
In questa nuova avventura, Bloom dovrà salvare Carolina, una aspirante fata appassionata di poesia che proviene dalla terra, dai malefici delle perfide streghe Trix. Winx e Specialisti inizieranno cosi un nuovo appassionante viaggio tra mostri di ghiaccio, ragni giganti e libri stregati, alla ricerca del mistero che si nasconde dietro Carolina e il suo diario segreto.
Translation (with changes for sense and clarity):
In this new adventure, Bloom must save Carolina, an aspiring fairy passionate about poetry that comes from the earth, from the evil of the perfidious witches Trix. Winx and Specialists will begin a new exciting journey through ice monsters, giant spiders, and bewitched books, in search of the mystery that hides behind Carolina and her secret diary.
The “Carolina” here is famous Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner, who plays herself as a fairy tricked into joining Valtor and the Trix. (I found a picture of the Carolina doll. They added wings to it.)
Here’s my opinion:
- The time line is vague. Though Valtor is the main villain, the show uses clips from The Secret of the Lost Kingdom in the background, like when the Winx transform into Enchantix mode. I guess it’s an alternate universe type of thing.
- They didn’t make the actors look enough like the characters. The Specialists are really off. (And Bloom is wearing way too much makeup!)
- The acting is decent but, of course, overly dramatized since the actors have accommodate for being far away from the audience. The only actor I didn’t like was the one playing Miss Faragonda. She made her a bit ditsy, if you ask me.
- The skating is amazing. I’m definitely a Carolina Kostner fan now, but I was especially impressed with the actress playing Icy (go figure).
- The songs are absolutely beautiful. I can’t even pick out a favorite!
There’s another interesting side story related to Winx on Ice. Layla and Nabu enter a skating competition against Icy and Valtor. (Again, alternate universe. Professor Griffin actually cheers for Team Trix!) Layla and Nabu win, of course, but what surprised me was when Layla picks up a rose thrown onto the rink and gives it to Icy. A princess is gracious even to sworn enemies.
Anyway, Winx on Ice is enjoyable, and I definitely recommend watching it if you can. I just wish I could have seen it live.