Just a coincidence, Secrets. I wrote a post about this a week or two ago but decided not to publish it. But your comment made me realize the Winx fandom may not have noticed this yet.
Why do I keep saying Winx season nine may be aimed at preschoolers? Like I said, it has the hallmarks of a preschool show: CG animation and dozens of episodes, each less than 15 minutes long (aside from two-parters). Some examples I found through Google: Fancy Nancy (based on a popular book series), Vampirina, a new show called Santiago of the Seas, and of course, the juggernaut PAW Patrol.
But the giveaway to me is Winx season nine has the same profile as Rainbow’s other current and upcoming preschool shows.
I got the following info from World Screen, a site I browsed for Winx news sometimes when I had the old blog. On Rainbow’s WorldScreenings page, you’ll see three preschool shows: 44 Cats, Pinocchio and Friends, and Summer & Todd Happy Farmers (gag me). What does Winx season nine have in common with them? CG animation and 52 episodes per season, each episode 13 minutes or less.
Also, as I’ve said, this format isn’t for telling one story that spans multiple seasons. Instead, episodic shows (vs. serialized shows) tell a bunch of standalone stories. 44 Cats is like that. There’s no overarching plot; it’s just the random adventures of four cats and their 40+ friends.
That’s why I don’t think the Winx reboot will be a retelling of seasons 1-3. Here’s what I think it’ll be instead. Do you remember “Battle on Planet Eraklyon” (Winx season 2, episode 14)? Some guy named Yoshinoya held Diaspro for ransom, and Bloom, Sky, Brandon, and Flora went to Eraklyon to save her. Along the way, they met a cheesy team of superheroes called the Patchamen (the Wrong-Righters in the 4Kids dub), a parody of the characters from the Gatchaman franchise.
What did this have to do with protecting the Codex and defeating Darkar? Absolutely nothing! This episode was pure filler. We never even saw Yoshinoya or the Patchamen again.
But in an episodic show, episodes like “Battle on Planet Eraklyon” are the norm because there’s no overarching plot to progress. So get ready for 52 episodes like this — except half as long. That’s Winx season nine in a nutshell.
What else can I say? I am 95 percent sure Rainbow is turning Winx Club into an episodic preschool series. Why wouldn’t they? They made the Winx and especially the Specialists look like kids in season eight so the younger fans could “see themselves” in them. ?
Also, preschool shows are big business. From what I’ve heard, 44 Cats is making bank. Rainbow’s just following the money, and they know they can’t make as much off of us older fans because our parents don’t buy us toys anymore. That’s why Fate: The Winx Saga was created: to give us our own “adult” Winx Club. (You know what I think of it.)
Bottom line: “old Winx” isn’t coming back. Season nine is the start of a new Winx Club for a new generation. Stick around if you’d like — being too old for this show never stopped me — but for everyone else, it may be time to say goodbye to the Magic Dimension.