Winx Club‘s move from 4Kids TV to Nickelodeon has caused a lot of confusion. Many fans thought 4Kids’s American version was the original, and they’re accusing Nick of “ruining” the show with unnecessary “changes.”
The truth: Winx Club is an ITALIAN show created by Iginio Straffi and his company Rainbow S.p.A. To appeal to an American audience, 4Kids made numerous changes — new music, scene edits, name changes, etc. — but the series never became as popular here as it is outside the United States.
In 2010, Mr. Straffi ended his contact with 4Kids and partnered with Nickelodeon. He is now working directly with them to revive Winx in America. Nick undid most of 4Kids’s changes, bringing the show closer to its original form.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW:
- Besides 4Kids and Nick’s dubs, there was a third English dub done by the Canadian company Cinelume. This dub, sometimes called “RAI English,” aired at the same time as 4Kids’s — but was more faithful to the original. It also ended when Nick acquired the rights.
- 4Kids called season three “the series finale” because it was the last season they had licensed from Rainbow. However, season four has already aired a couple years earlier outside the United States. It finally aired in America on Nick in 2012. (Nick did not co-produce the fourth season.)
This “guide” lists some of the changes 4Kids made. Click on the categories below.