Today marks the 13th anniversary of Winx Club and now also the Italian television premiere of World of Winx! Time sure flies!
Since Winx premiered when I was almost 16, I don’t consider it part of my childhood. But I still reminisce about watching it on Saturday mornings on 4KidsTV. They knew how to treat Winx Club well. Say what you will about the dub — I don’t like it anymore, to be honest — but at least they aired (and advertised) the show like crazy. I got sick of all the reruns!
Now, I hope the show will come back to the U.S., and I’ll get to hunt for dolls at Toys R Us again. I don’t know if that’ll ever happen, but I haven’t lost hope. Who knows how World of Winx could affect Winx Club‘s future here?
Happy birthday, Winx Club! Here’s to your continued success!
2016 is finally over! Thank goodness! What a rough year! I’ve got some personal scars from it, but I won’t talk about that here.
Each December, I usually make a list of what to expect from the Winx franchise in the new year. I’m a bit behind, but it’s just New Year’s Day. It’s not too late for it.
The problem is I don’t have a lot of news this time. I’ve heard some unconfirmed things, but…they’re unconfirmed. I’ll just list a couple things I know are gonna happen. We’ll have to wait and see about anything else.
1. World of Winx premieres in Italy on RAI Gulp (January)
Since Netflix isn’t that popular in Winx Club‘s motherland, Rainbow’s airing the spinoff on RAI Gulp instead. It’ll premiere this month. Italy may be a couple months behind, but maybe being the only country that gets to watch the show on TV will make up for it.
2. World of Winx season two premieres on Netflix (Q2 — April, May, or June)
That’s according to the flier Michael got at the Licensing Expo last year. Let’s hope it doesn’t get delayed a dozen times like the first season did.
That’s all I know. Sorry, guys. Here are a couple things I’ve heard, but like I said, they’re not confirmed.
1. Tsumanga Studios releases new apps?
According to WinxClubRUS, Rainbow renewed their partnership with Tsumanga Studios — the makers of Winx Fairy School, Sirenix Power, etc. — through 2019. They’re apparently working on a World of Winx-inspired app. Since the whole series should be out by summer, the app will probably come out this year, too.
2. The fourth movie premieres?
I’m definitely not sure about this. I vaguely remember an article about it, but I couldn’t find it again. Maybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong. Don’t quote me on it.
We may be in for a lot of surprises this year — good surprises, I hope. Once again, Happy New Year! Here’s hoping for another magical year for Winx Club!
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
The 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
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.