“The Winx Club TV Movie, Magical Adventure, finds Bloom living life as a princess of Domino, not realizing the Ancestral Witches and the Trix are joining evil forces, and not understanding why Sky suddenly can’t escort her to the Princess Ball!”– Anonymous, Amazon DVD Description.
Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure, is a film in the Winx Club series. This film takes place immediately after the events shown in another Winx Club movie, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, where Bloom discovered what happened to her home planet.
Originally 90 minutes long, the Region 1 release of Magical Adventure has been edited down from 90 minutes to 45 minutes.
Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)…
Believe it or not, sometimes there’s a decent amount of effort that goes into tracking down some of these movies. I had seen an english dub of the 90 minute version of Magical Adventure on Youtube, so I knew it existed, the trick was trying to figure out on what DVD that english track could be found on (It’s the region 2 La Aventura Magica version, with English and Castillian language tracks). The 90 minute english dub also features a different set of voice actors, so be prepared for some differences between this movie and the previous installment, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, if you’re watching them back to back.
One great thing about Magical Adventure is that it focuses quite heavily on the relationship between Bloom and Sky, leading to some pretty hilarious moments. The biggest thing that comes to my mind is the continuing demonstration of Bloom and Sky’s lack of communication skills. I didn’t mention this in my post about the The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, but this lack of communication was present there too. Sky is either withholding information from Bloom because the time isn’t right, or Bloom is preventing Sky from letting him spill the beans because she feels the time isn’t right to talk. This is all for the purposes of a dramatic reveal at the conclusion of The Secret of the Lost Kingdom that doesn’t feel worth all the secrecy. Spoiler here, but in Magical Adventure, this lack of communication rears it’s head in one of those cliche “I’m breaking up with you, but I’m not telling you why” plots. That alone is pretty laughable, but what makes it worse is that this situation is at first built up to be a central point of conflict in the movie… but then it gets resolved within 20 minutes. It really makes me question why they bothered having that plot point at all if they weren’t going to milk it a bit more.
My recommendation for Magical Adventure is the same as The Secret of the Lost Kingdom. A lot of the humour comes from the bad dialogue versus what the characters are doing. That said, Magical Adventure does have a good few moments of weird visuals that help make this one feel like a more rounded Bad Princess Movie experience. Just don’t expect a laugh-a-minute movie.