“Winx Club” Dub Confusion

A lot of people are confused about the dubbing of Winx Club. People seem to think there’s only one English dub (the 4Kids TV one) and two versions of it with different voice actors—or something like that. I want to clear everything up now.

There are two English dubs: the 4Kids TV dub and “Rai English” dub.

The 4Kids TV dub, made by 4Kids Entertainment, aired in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Now it can be seen on 4KidsTV’s website, www.4kids.tv. This company is often criticized for modifying their shows into oblivion. Tokyo Mew Mew‘s dub, Mew Mew Power, and Ojamajo Doremi‘s dub, Magical DoReMi, are examples. Both shows were popular in Japan—especially Ojamajo Doremi, which had four seasons and two movies—but when their dubs came out, fans of the originals were so annoyed with 4Kids TV’s myriad of changes that Mew Mew Power lasted about half of its original run and Magical DoReMi only finished one season, mostly online. Winx Club, however, was more successful and ran all three seasons. It’s unknown if 4Kids TV will dub the upcoming fourth season.

The other dub was made in Quebec by a company called Cinélume. Commonly called the “Rai English” dub, it is said to be much closer to the original Italian version, with fewer cuts and scripts changes and more of the same terms and names, such as Domino as the name of Bloom’s home world (instead of Sparx in the 4Kids TV version). This dub is included on Italian DVD’s of the show and is the official English language version on www.winxclub.com. (The 4Kids’s site is referred to as “USA English.”) Also, as of now, only Cinélume has dubbed the movie, Secret of the Lost Kingdom. The Rai English dub airs in eastern English-speaking countries like Singapore, even though it is sometimes mistakenly called the European dub. It’s likely that Cinélume will dub season 4, but I haven’t heard for certain.

These two do have some overlaps. (Both renamed Aisha “Layla,” for example.) In season 3, strangely, the two scripts were almost identical. The reason could be that 4Kids TV might have rushed through their dub, as there are some inconsistencies with their version. However, in the dub of the movie, some of 4Kids’s terms were used (for example, Bloom called her planet Sparx). Will there no longer be two English dubs? We might find out soon. According to new information on Wikipedia (take it with a grain of salt), season 4 will premier in Italy on March 25.

The Winx are Coming Back!

Well, if you’re a true Winx Club fan, you’ve probably already heard this, but here it is again: there will be a fourth season and a second movie (around Christmas this year).

The fourth season has the Winx (from what I can tell) living together in Gardenia. The info I’ve found about the plot said something about evil wizards and the last fairies on Earth. There’s also a new girl named Roxy, who looks a bit like a cross between Chimera and Tecna. She has a dog named Artù. You can see them in this magazine scan. A lot of people have been calling Roxy “the seventh Winx,” but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. (The scan just calls her and Artù amici nuovi, “new friends.” Mirta was the Winx’s friend but wasn’t a Winx.)

Perhaps the biggest news is the new transformation. Looks like Enchantix wasn’t the end, after all. It’s called Believix, and according to this image, new dolls will be coming out in April in Italy. (I think April is when the season will premiere there.)

What else has been going on in Magix? Well, there’s a new site (or really a remake of the old site) featuring what appears to be an MMO game. It’s only in Italian right now—I’ve haven’t heard if an English language version will be made. There’s also a new Wii game called Dance Dance Revolution Winx Club. The major game review sites don’t seem to know much about it other than when it’s coming out in the UK (March 30, 2009).

Now, when will the states get it in on the new Winx Club action? Who knows? That’s up to 4Kids TV and what they want to do with season 4. There are still plenty of fans here, so I hope they won’t let us down!