Musings & Rants


You’ve been really patient — more patient than I’ve been about World of Winx, that’s for sure. 😛 Sorry for dragging this out so long. Let’s jump right into this!

I kept saying in my reviews that something made me write off Orlando as a love interest for Musa. Only one of you got it right: a Winx fan called SpiderBraids. He wrote this in an email: “Anything to do with the meta reference, perhaps? :-)”

Bingo! Remember this line from the script reader in “Back in the Middle Ages” (7X08):

“Let me introduce to you The Rainbow Company…”

Admit it: you rolled your eyes at that one. So did I. “The Rainbow Company?” Really? 🙄

That’s when I stopped taking Orlando and his troupe seriously as characters. I think they were just Rainbow’s way of writing themselves into the show. Two more possible hints:

  • Where did “Back in the Middle Ages” and “The Fairy Cat” (7X09) take place? Medieval Italy. Not England. Italy.
  • The troupe’s play was about six fairies who save a dying kingdom. That could have been a reference to how Rainbow wasn’t well-known till they created Winx Club, which helped them become a big name in the animation industry.


If the troupe was supposed to represent Rainbow, who did each member represent? I’m not sure. I don’t know the company well enough to match each character to a specific staff member. They could have even been based on inside jokes. All I can do is guess based on the little knowledge I have.

Let’s start with Orlando. When I first watched those two episodes, I thought for sure he was Iginio Straffi. The reader implied Orlando wrote the play, just like Mr. Straffi created Winx Club. He also played the prince in the play, who believed in magic and atrracted fairies with his music. It felt to me like some sort of metaphor about imagination, but I might be reading into it. 😛

Here’s another possiblity. Orlando might have been Alessia Orlando, one of the Winx Club singers. That might explain why he was a minstrel (a pop singer of the past) and why he was interested in Musa. Why would Rainbow base a male character after her? I don’t know. Maybe they just named him after her.

What about the tall guy? He might have been Mr. Straffi, too. The reader said he was the leader of the company, and the guard captain interrupted the reader just before he said his name (as if it might have given it away). Also, he played the king and the queen in the play. That could have been a reference to how Mr. Straffi and his wife, Joanne Lee, are the co-CEOs of Rainbow.

I’m not sure about the reader or the donkey. They may have been two of Rainbow’s writers, two of the animators, two of Mr. Straff’s friends — I don’t know. Someone with inside knowledge of the company might be able to tell right away. Read the rest of this post

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Coincidentally, Bloom’s face sums up how the fanbase feels about this.

In case you haven’t heard yet, the premiere of World of Winx has been moved to this fall (no exact date yet). The second season will air early next year. This news comes from an interview with Iginio Straffi, posted yesterday on

There’s a co-production underway since two years ago. The spin-off of Winx Club, World of Winx, is almost ready. The series will air in the fall with the first 13 episodes; at the beginning of 2017, the other 13. Both Netflix and the TV stations that have bought it are pleased. And we’re happy.

Looks like spring 2016 was just an estimate. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about the show — and plans for merchandise, if there still are some — over the summer. Also, I think Mr. Straffi hinted that the show will also air on TV, but I’m not 100 percent sure. I may have mistranslated what he said. I’ll let you know if I hear anything else about that.


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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?

Deadline: “‘Winx Club’ To Get Big Screen & Live-Action Treatment Via Hollywood Gang”
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Credit goes to WinxClubRUS for sharing this news first!

Several Italian entertainment sites report that season seven will premiere in September in Italy on RAI Gulp. Rainbow will preview the first three episodes at the 61st Taormina Film Fest on June 20, the final day of the event. Mr. Straffi himself will attend and receive the City of Taormina Award.