Winx Club

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Has anyone else seen this show? Here's a link to the FB fan page and the tv show's page:

FB page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Winx-Club/114030061940808?ref=ts

Official show page: http://www.4kids.tv/show/winx-club

Page where episodes can be watched: http://www.4kidstv.com/winx-club

I know I was one of the front runners on the whole "I hate Bratz because of their outfits and shallow-ness" issue, so I feel a bit like a hypocrite for allowing my daughter to watch this show (she's 7.5). But, she LOVES it! It's one of her favorite shows! So, before deciding (with my hubby) if we would allow her to keep watching it, we watched the show and made a pros and cons list. Here it is:

Pros:
~ Teaches the value of friendship
~ Teaches good vs evil (no middle ground really)
~ Entertaining
~ Teaches diversity and acceptance

Cons:
~ Their outfits are WAY too revealing/short/unrealistic
~ They are all fairly materialistic and seem to have no sense of the actual cost of things (i.e. how much a designer dress would cost and the idea that an adopted child to middle class parents could NEVER afford a designer dress while in High School)
~ They all "fall in love" with their boyfriends in high school (I know it happens, but come on, all 6 of them? please...)
~ A lot of violence

Now, we've talked to her about all of the things on the cons list (he knows that their outfits are unrealistic and cartoons con't show their girl parts because they are drawn, but real girls will if they wear stuff like that... And the fact that she will NEVER leave the house in ANYTHING that revealing! lol), and we are going to allow her to continue to watch the show, but I wanted all of your opinions on this.

Would you allow your child(ren) to watch this? Why or why not? Do you guys agree with our pros and cons list? Would you add (or subtract) anything from our lists?

Also, please do not bash my hubby and me for our decision to allow our daughter to watch this. It is a decision we made after a lot of deliberation and a lot of talking to our daughter to make sure she understands the difference between cartoons and reality (in terms of clothing, violence, etc.). I was just wondering what others who know nothing about the show coming into this would think (but if you already knew of the show please feel free to post too!).

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Rosie - posted on 07/01/2010

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i've never seen or heard of it before, but here's my take on pretty much anything i let my kds watch. i don't censor much, so as long as there's not naked people walking around doing each other, i pretty much use shows as a learning tool.
talk about the designer dress, and show her how much it costs. and just use it to your advantage. i don't feel we can shield our children from everything all the time. they're going to have to learn about it eventually. ehy not make it so you're there guiding them in the right direction?

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They are fairies. They are all from different realms (and yes, Earth is one too, but we don't have any natural born fairies, therefore we don't know about the other realms, etc.) and the main fairies in the show are from all different walks of life (a couple are princesses in their realms and some are just regular fairies). But, they are not in their fairy form all the time. They look like "regular" people until the activate their fairy form. It's kinda odd... :)

Sharon - posted on 07/01/2010

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I don't know the show but I found this..

Plot
[edit] First season
Main article: Winx Club (season one)
A supposedly ordinary girl from planet Earth, Bloom lives a perfectly normal life in the city of Gardenia until she meets Stella, a princess from the planet Solaria, who is in trouble. Coming to Stella's aid, Bloom discovers her magical powers. Stella persuades Bloom to join Alfea, the best fairy school in all the realms. She agrees and leaves Gardenia and her parents. She brings her pet bunny Kiko, to remind her of her old home. In Alfea, Bloom forms the Winx, whose members are her four friends and roommates: Stella, Musa, Tecna , and Flora. Later in the series they encounter and befriend the Specialists: Brandon, Riven, Timmy, and Sky. The Specialists will also become their love interests. They will also encounter their enemies, a trio of witches named the Trix: Icy, Darcy, and Stormy. They are witches from Cloudtower, a witch school roughly equivalent to Alfea, and are in search of the power of the Dragon's Flame which is supposedly in Stella's magic ring. Their ruthless pursuit of the ring leads to many encounters and battles with Winx. Bloom also begins to learn the secrets of her planet, real parents, and powers.

[edit] Second season
Main article: Winx Club (season two)
After their summer vacation, the Winx returns to Alfea to begin their second year. They meet a new fairy, Layla, who asks for their help in rescuing her pixie friends held hostage by Lord Darkar. Lord Darkar wants to find out where the Pixies' Village is in order to steal the four pieces of the Codex (one each in Pixie Village, Redfountain, Cloudtower, and Alfea) which open the portal to the Realm of Realix, where the Ultimate Power can be found. The Trix also met Lord Darkar and served him. They seemed to have developed an obsession with him, wanting to please him as Icy stated she wanted to be his main witch. Meanwhile, the Winx learn how to get their Charmix. Lord Darkar is actually the "Shadow Phoenix" who wants to take control of the magical realm. In the meantime, there is a new teacher who after Alfea lessons turns Bloom into Dark Bloom and sends Bloom to Lord Darkar. During Episode 24, he turns Bloom into his servant, thus making her open the realm of Realix. Later on however, Sky expresses his true feelings to Bloom then she uses her healing powers to heal everyone. After the battle, Bloom and the others go back to Alfea and celebrate. Layla also joins Winx while Stella has a big fashion deal going on.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winx_Club

for the most part they sound like fairies. Its hard to say, I would need to experience it and decide if I would allow my daughter to watch it.

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