A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that World of Winx follows the continuing story of the magical girls first introduced in Winx Club. Here they're tasked with identifying talented kids throughout the world and protecting them from a villain bent on stealing their skills. In this regard, the show does a good job highlighting the characters' diverse interests, as subjects include cooking prodigies, budding fashion designers, and accomplished athletes. The Winx girls also have to work together to save the day, often with comical results. That said, body image continues to be a serious concern in this franchise that's geared toward young tweens, as the six heroines' minuscule waists, lanky frames, flowing hair, and perfect facial features are biological impossibilities, as are their ability to chase down villains in stilettos. What's more, some are obsessive over their appearances, drawing even more attention to how they look and what they wear.
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What's the story?
In WORLD OF WINX, the Winx girls pose as talent scouts for a reality competition show to protect talented kids from the nefarious Talent Thief and various other monsters who mean them harm. This can be a challenge for Bloom (voiced by Haven Paschall), Stella (Jessica Paquet), Flora (Eileen Stevens), Musa (Kate Bristol), Aisha (Alysha Deslorieux), and Tecna (Saskia Maarleveld) but no more so than hiding their magical secret from the world as they attempt to lure the villain to them.
Is it any good?
This follow-up series to Winx Club holds minimal appeal for newcomers to the Winx girls' stories, but returning fans may enjoy seeing more of the characters' hijinks. There's precious little intrigue to the monotonous plot beyond the first few times it plays out, leading the stories to run together and eventually lose any spark they started with. If you're looking for a high note, it lies in the talents of the kids the Winx Girls encourage toward their goals, making for some fairly impressive (inasmuch as a cartoon can be) display of an array of skills.
Sadly, though, World of Winx misses an opportunity to emphasize strong female leads in its six-member main cast. They're adept enough at working together and keeping their mission in mind, but some also are prone to shallowness and image obsession. And even when they're not talking about it or acting on it by stewing over fashion trends and hairstyles, their very appearances send impossible messages about body image to girls watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about body image and the media, especially in shows like World of Winx. Kids: Do you think much about how you look compared with the people you see on TV and in the movies? Are there certain standards that seem expected for a person's appearance?
One of this show's high points is the diversity of interests among the Winx girls. Do you and your friends enjoy similar hobbies or different ones? How does spending time with people who are different from us encourage us to look at things from a new perspective?
To what degree does the media influence your buying habits? After watching a show like this, would you be more inclined to want products that have the characters' images on them? How do franchises benefit from this kind of free advertising?
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