This year will be a big one for the Winx and their “papa” Iginio Straffi. Here are a few things to expect:
Pop Pixie premieres in Italy (Monday)
It’s the pixies’ turn to cast a spell on the world like the Winx do. Pop Pixie premieres in Italy on RAI Due (which carries Winx Club) tomorrow, January 10th —technically today since it’s already Monday in Italy. 🙂 There will be 52 episodes, each 13 minutes long. The official website for the series went live not long ago. The show has already debuted in other countries like France, where at least one DVD is in stores (according to a report from Michael’s Winx Club). Iginio Straffi hinted in an interview at the possibility of bringing Pop Pixie to America. I bet that will depend on how Winx Club does on Nickelodeon.
Rainbow Magicland opens in Valmontone, Italy (Spring)
The theme park will have such goodies as 4D and 5D shows (what is 5D?), a life -sized replica of Alfea Castle, and 6-foot statues of the Winx (according to our own TheEverydayMuser :)).
Winx Club premeires on Nickelodeon (Fall?)
The series will open on Nickelodeon with four hour-long specials based on seasons one and two, followed by seasons three and four in full. This probably means we’ll start seeing merchandise back in stores again this year! (You can only read the Sellout.it article if you’re logged into the site.)
Season five premieres in Italy? (Fall?)
A few sites I’ve found claim season five will begin in Italy this fall. An article from Entertainment & Licensing magazine mentioned “another production” (un’altra produzione) that would “emerge in 2011.” Assuming it was talking about season five, that may be our confirmation. I haven’t seen anything about the fall time frame, so we’ll call that a rumor for now.
I did find, though, this strange line in a La Reppublica article:
…le Winx dovranno affrontare la catastrofe petrolifera di New Orleans…
“…The Winx will confront the oil catastrophe in New Orleans…”
It was formatted as a quote, as if Iginio Straffi himself had said it, and it was in parenthesis next to something about season five and six. I don’t know what to make of it except that it sounds like something Flora would lead the group to do. But would they really put something like this in a Winx Club season? How about in something like the Shanghai World Expo video?
Anyway, there’s a lot to look forward to! Keep it here for updates throughout the year!