Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The half-hour Italian TV cartoon series Winx Club was set in a magical nether world where various colorfully garbed witches, warriors and fairies carried on a neverending good-evil battle. Created by the brilliant but slightly off-kilter Professor Polonium, the Winx Club consisted of good female fairies. Members of the club, who represented their world's Fairy Side included red-headed, compassionate Bloom, yellow-haired sweetie pie Stella, level-headed but insecure Flora, blue-haired, musically inclined Musa, pink-haired technogeek Techna The Winx Club trained at the Cloud Academy side by side with the representatives of the "Warrior Side", among them youthful warrior Prince Sky (who was sweet on Stella), warrior-in-the-making Brandon (who liked Bloom), resident nerd Timmy and obligatory "rebel" Riven. The villains of the piece were the Senior Witches, each endowed with element-controlling powers: blue-haired Icy, brown-haired and psychic Darcy, a black-haired Stormy. Others in the cast were Professor Gryffin, the former teacher of the Senior Witches, who regretted ever showing them how to use their powers; Mr. Knut, the Witches' much-put-upon servant; and Kikko, Bloom's cute little pet bunny (a character obviously inspired by Pokemon's Pikachu). While fast action was the main bill of fare on the series, there was also an abundance of peppy musical numbers. In America, Winx Club was picked up by the Fox network and run on its Saturday-morning schedule beginning June 19, 2004.