“Winx Club” Guide for 4Kids Fans

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.


CHARACTERS
ITEMS
MAGIC
MISCELLANEOUS
REALMS

52 Comments:

  1. Nickelodeon does not OWN the show, as such. Winx Club is still a product of the Rainbow S.P.A. company, and they can revoke Nick’s rights to air the show at any time as well. Nick and Rainbow might have entered into a partnership and Nick might be co-producing the coming seasons, but that does NOT mean that Nick owns the show. Rainbow can cancel their partnership at any time. Rainbow still owns the show, full and proper, and they have the authority to give Cinelume the rights to keep dubbing the show.
    I highly doubt Cinelume’s rights will be revoked. As I recall, Cinelume’s version is among the most shown versions of Winx Club in the world.

    • That was just a word error. My mistake. I meant “the rights to the show,” not the show itself.

      As for the Cinelume version, Nickelodeon has the TV rights in several countries, including Canada and Australia, which might make having the Cinelume version useless. As it is, Australia used to get the 4Kids dub until they lost the rights. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was just one English dub from now on.

      • As far as I know, Nick doesn’t own the broadcasting rights in Singapore, which is where the Cinelume dub was mostly broadcast, I think. I really hope they do seasons 5 and 6 in Cinelume.

        Anyways, this is a nice little guide. It does peeve me off looking on Nick’s Winx forum and seeing everyone complaining that they’re changing so much when, in reality, all that’s changed are the voices, the animation and a few lines.

  2. oh i love winx and i’m fan 4kids and i know

  3. If you need any assistance, with this let me know. I’m kind of curious if there’s still a Welsh dub. I know they did at least the 1st season in Wales and Musa’s name had to be changed to Martha since Musa sounds like Mws which means stale or stinking.

    I liked some of the 4Kids voices better than the Cinelume ones. For one thing the English Cinelume Sky sounded like a young Michael Jackson and Bloom was too whiney. Of course I don’t care for either character so maybe that’s just bias on my part. Princess Amentia (called Queen Amentia in the 4Kids adaption even though she had 2 very alive parents) sounded too much like a 2 pack a day smoker.

    I’m on the fence as to who had the better lines. Who can forget the “stop your witching’ line from 4Kids Icy and Darcy asking someone to tell her when they got to Alfea because her feet were killing her when she had the map? Of course Cinelume’s Stella had a great one in Riven’s Betrayal when she asked Bloom if she’d combed her hair with an egg beater. And Diaspro telling the Patchamen that she ‘Wasn’t afraid of their justice because she was rich?

    Of course most fans could’ve probably done without the Wangsterfication of Musa. Yikes! I know I could’ve. I was beyond relieved when I found the original version of Winx Club and only looked back for a few interesting lines. And the fact that I prefer Whisperian Crystals to Vaccuums.

  4. One thing is for sure: 4kids was never the original version. And i’m learning alot about 4kids doing alot of changes from the original version but Iginio Straiff should realize that he still was making money because of 4kids. I understand if their version was not what he thought it should be but he should know that he is losing a lot of fans and ratings for giving the rights to Nick and making ‘em do a very fast version of the show. It’s not even all that interesting to me anymore. it’s not the same winx club I was soo deep in when I was like 9 or 10.

    • Yeah except 4Kids was breeching their contract with RAI and Straffi. So he wasn’t making as much money as he could’ve or should’ve made with them. Plus 4Kids was going bankrupt by breaking contracts with companies and making edits they weren’t supposed to do.

  5. You know what I think? I think they could have just worked with 4kids if that was the case. Honestly, Nick isn’t the right company to make the Winx CLUB interesting . if i change the channel onto it , i just get sooo mad. Nope ! I’m gonna watch Canada’s version .

  6. Very nice blog
    I hope Nick and Straffi are able to reintroduce the Winx to the USA, because fans have missed out on A LOT, as 4Kids was pretty much losing rights to their imports. It is bothersome how a series is known international and praised, yet the USA and at times Canada, miss out or get left behind.

    As someone else stated and as some others have also. I LOVED 4Kids voice actresses for Winx (as well as their other dubs), the voices were very distinctive and you can just listen to an episode without even watching it. People can rage on 4Kids for edits and unnecessary changes, but their voice actors are tops -in my opinion, and they put a lot of work into the characters they voice. Another thing about 4Kids, they seemed to be the only company willing to give female intended shows a chance, while other companies and networks just literally unisex a show or disregarded their female viewership.

    Good luck with your guide ‘The Oblivious Prattler’, I am looking forward to it, as I am not that huge on following Winx Club, but I love the artwork and continuation of magical girl series outside of Japan.

  7. wondering if anyone can help me find the lines for all Winx Club episodes?

  8. wondering if anyone can help me find the lines for all Winx Club episodes?
    (they are not all on the wikia)

  9. winx i love you!!!! <3<3<3<3

  10. does anyone know where i can find all the scripts for winx club episodes (the wikia bdoes not have them all)

  11. I started watching Winx Club with the 4Kids version first without knowing there were other versions. Once I started to into the series, I started to look into it more and found out that it originally came from Italy. I haven’t seen the original Italian version, but I have seen the Cinelume, 4Kids, and Nickelodeon version.

    I have to say that I cannot stand the 4Kids version now. If anyone has seen Sailor Moon back in the day when it was being dubbed in English, its the same situation with the 4Kids Version of Winx Club. 4Kids was on the verge of butchering Winx Club, the way that Sailor Moon was butchered when I was a child. There are scenes that are skipped and changed. The script had changes to it that sometimes didn’t coincide with what the scene was showing. Some of the voice actors were horrible. Musa and Techna had the most annoying voices ever, Techna sounded like she was trying to fake a British accent, it was horrible.

    The Nickelodeon and Cinelume versions seemed more natural with their scenes and voices. They’re probably as close to the original version as can be.

  12. they should keep thw winx for 4kids and get rid of nicks winx club they changed layla to aishia and in my opinnion rai engish is the origanl version in canada but 4 kids winx club is the original version for the united states

  13. 1. her name changed because that is what it is in the original italian version
    2. i agree i dislike the nick version, rainbow should give publishing writes back to 4kids
    3. does anyone know where i can find all the scripts for winx club episodes (the wikia bdoes not have them all)
    4. neither does the http://winxclub4kids.wikia.com website

  14. I know all about this.First i saw nick’s version,then i looked winx club up online and i found out everything about it.[literally]and also my name is namira and winx club 4kids is horrable and nick and rai are alot ALOT alike ecsept for the script.

  15. I heard rainbow said that winx club will keep making new episodes untill 2014

  16. I grew up with 4Kids, and the voices were excellent. Even though they changed and edited a lot of things, they made the show into their own. Straffi should have given 4Kids another chance…4Kids made the Winx seem magical, but now it seems so dull…Boring…

    • I personally think 4Kids focused more on the teenage life side of the show than the magic. That’s why I prefer the RAI English and Nick versions. I feel more of the magic and fantasy from them. But that’s just me.

      • I agree with you! And all the things that they made the characters say… OMG, seriously, I don’t know a single teen who talks like that. It’s just embarrassing.
        Not to mention everyone on the 4Kids version was constantly strategizing out loud while fighting, and I’m sitting here going “THIS ISN’T FIRE EMBLEM! JUST BLAST THE DANG MONSTER WITH YOUR MAGIC AND MOVE ON!”

  17. Winx Club was always magical, bright and the music really spicing it up…But that was 4Kids..Now it’s so annoying to listen to you just wanna tear your ears off..They should be picking their voice actors carefully so the voice actually FITS the character and their personality…I’ve never seen a show in my whole life that has been neglected like this…Spongebob is better!!

    • Personally I think the voices fit the characters just fine. Except for Flora. I would’ve rather heard a softer voice coming from her, but some people like her new voice so… I’m not complaining.

  18. I Personally, really hate the season 4′s new theme song, new names, and i especially hate the voice changes. I wish they would remake that season, the exact same thing but change the voices back to the original.. and same goes for the names and theme song. I LOVED winx when i was little, and still do. when i see the changes I want to scream. AAARRRGGGG!!! and when they make seasons 5&6 i don’t know if i want to be watching it as long as it’s all changed!

  19. I would like to buy Winz Club videos for my granddaughters.

  20. i love you layla end winx club

  21. I just have to say, thank you sosososo much for clearing this all up for me! When I was really getting into watching the “Rai English” episode of Winx Club on Youtube last year, I started to become extremely confused when I saw links to the “4kids” version. And once Nickelodeon came out with an entirely NEW version, everything started blowing my mind at once. Being an American teenager, I guess it’s odd that I didn’t grow up watching the 4kids version of Winx Club, but for those who did I can easily understand where you are coming from. I too am still greatly attached to tv series that I watched as a youngster. And I am sure that the same will happen for Nickelodeon’s rising Winx Club fan base.

    With all that said, I just wanted to express my own bias opinion on the various versions of Winx Club. Personally, I enjoyed watching the Canadian version much more than I did the 4kids. To me, the consistent quality and plot line progression of the Canadian/”Rai English” version was more polished and captivating versus the 4kids version, which I viewed as lacking in scene choice and voice choice just to name a few. Now for Nickelodeon’s newest version of Winx Club, I have to say that although I don’t prefer it to the Canadian version, I also don’t mind it. Nickelodeon, being an extremely influential entertainment power in the USA, is initially a top choice for Iginio Straffi if he wishes to expose his creation (as most producers are forced to do to uphold recognition and profit in the entertainment industry). For this, I do not blame him. Therefore, I strongly see this as a positive opportunity ahead for the Winx Club name, and I can’t help but to support it. I have watched a few of Nick’s new Winx Club episodes, and truthfully, I don’t find them that bad. Especially since both Rainbow and Nickelodeon will be partnering to produce the upcoming seasons 5 and 6, I am happy on hearing that Winx Club will revive its origins and hopefully bring its viewers the Winx Club experience that they hope for. That is all a Winx Club fan could ask for right?

    Lastly, I have to exaggerate that if I were to see ANY version of the Winx Club continue, I would really like it to be the Canadian version for the reasons that I stated before and my overall attachment to it. Thanks for hearing my two cents on the matter. (: I will always adore Winx!

  22. Thta’s why one of the cenes was identical to a rai english scene. ( Where the pictures fall in the same order every time. ( Sooo nancy drew) SQUEEE)

  23. I loves nicks version. I don’t care what others say. My whole school watches this show. So thanks to nick, I get to watch winxclub! Why? Because I am only 10 years old. 10!!! Nick helped me and my friends to actually now WinxClub. Nick produced it to give the next generation a chance to see it. Like because do you see the other crap nick puts on there TV? Sponge bob, icarly(it’s not really crap, I love this show and victorious!) err fanboy and chum chum, TOTTAL crap! But I don’t trust nick. Do you know how short there series are? They end up ending in 60 episodes. I hope nick keeps there word!
    I thought nicks voices were better! (Stella’s is the best) and keke Palmer ROCKS IT! But only me and my “fairy” friends think nicks dub Is better.

  24. I think that every version of the series has his own thing (Good or bad). And for the 4Kids fans of the series there is a Winx wiki for this version but needs a little back up. You with 4Kids information… Here is http://winxclub4kids.wikia.com/wiki/Winx_club_4kids_Wiki

  25. i think nick is just wow

  26. I just saw winx on netflix recently and decided to watch it for nostalgic kicks. I realized that the voices were different and went to find out why. Turns out winx has more season like we always wanted, but under new management. I cant like the new nick version. I grew up with the old 4kids and the voices were so much better. The new voices sound like my brother when he’s reading shakespeare- dull and totally uninterested. Also, the new transformations are really annoying. The transformations always took too long, but the music is grating. Also, the fact that they edited the plot bugs me. If you want to continue the plot- great, even light changes to the script are fine. Whole entire plot changes? Not so much.

  27. Winx Club is Amazing and Magical! My favorite is by far the 4Kids version! The voice actors are simply extrordinary and so natural that it allows me to emerse myself in what they are saying and not have their annoying voices ringing in my head. The others sound unnatural and i couldn’t imagine them speaking like that. It doesn’t suit either their looks or personality. I grew up with the 4Kids version and still watch it now at every chance i can. It was my childhood and everytime i watch the episodes i feel like a little kid again! Also the Trix (yes, they are called that in the 4Kids version as well despite what you may think) are so cool and i can really imagine them as real people who are selfish and cruel but just happen to be witches! My favorite is Darcy because she seemed to think of things other than Evil as proven by the fact that she totally had a crush on Riven!!! True, after a while she was just using him but i still think that the crush was genuine, at least at the beginning! Plus her powers are awesome (well, so are the others but who wouldnt like to have them plus they would be the most usefull in a normal situation seeing as she can read minds and sense peoples presense also that teleportation thing is Amazing!!!!) And who could forget Kiko and Pepe (i think its pronounced Peppy) they are so adorable and they make me laugh at their antics and just general bubblyness and i really admire Pepe’s determanation and loyalty to Icy despite her being super mean to him!!!! My favorite out of the Girls would probably be either Bloom (obviously) or Musa. Out of the boys i will stay loyal to my childhood cruch… Timmy! I felt he was really nice and sweet whilst the others were tall, dashing daring, strong and bold Timmy was quite shy and not so good at the heroics but to me that just made him even more adorable! He had brain and wit which the others kind-of lacked and was brave without realising it. He would do anything for his friends and they all love him to bits even if he is that little bit different!!! Well, thats just about everything. Oh, wait one more thing…
    4KIDS IS THE BEST NICKOLODEON SUCKS AND ORIGINAL VERSION *Blows Rasberry in Sucky shows Face* THATS FOR YOU!!!!!!
    Thats all. Have a Nice Day!
    LOL xxx

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