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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Majo no takkyûbin (original title)
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minami Takayama ...
Kiki / Ursula (voice)
Rei Sakuma ...
Jiji (voice)
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Tombo (voice)
Keiko Toda ...
Osono (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa ...
Kokiri - Kiki's Mother (voice)
Kôichi Miura ...
Okino - Kiki's Father (voice)
Haruko Katô ...
Rô-fujin (voice)
Hiroko Seki ...
Barsa (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Ketto (voice)
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Bakery Worker / Policeman (voice)
Kikuko Inoue ...
Maki (voice)
Yûko Kobayashi ...
Young Sempai Witch (voice)
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Ketto's Mother (voice)
Takaya Hashi ...
Ketto's Father (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ...
Baby (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she's ready to take on the world, or at least the quaintly European seaside village she's chosen as her new home. Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91@yahoo.com)

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I was feeling blue, but I'm better now.


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Release Date:

29 July 1989 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 800,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,081,851
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The dialogue during a scene in which Kiki is given coffee, changes the beverage to hot chocolate in the Disney release. This was done because Disney thought it was inappropriate for children to drink coffee. The video subtitles also mention hot chocolate, although the Japanese "kohii" ("coffee") is clearly audible on the soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

The Disney dub refers several times to the airship as a "dirigible", which is correct, but also as a "blimp", which it isn't; it is a zeppelin, a rigid airship with an internal skeleton that holds it in shape, not a blimp, which is basically a big helium-inflated balloon held in shape by the helium. See more »

Quotes

Kiki: Smile so we can make a good impression.
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Crazy Credits

In the Disney english version:In Memory of Phil Hartman 1948-1998 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Robot Chicken: Atta Toy (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Fly
Written and Performed by Sydney Forest
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A beautiful and introspective masterpiece
21 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Having already been familiar with and a great admirer of some of Miyazaki's other Ghibli films, including Princess Mononoke, I turned to Kiki's Delivery Service on the recommendation of someone who suggested it as "light-hearted" fun. Being an eighteen-year-old male, I didn't think it would be much more than that—a guilty pleasure to indulge in once in a while, something I could watch and then say, "Aw, what a cute film!" But Kiki's Delivery Service is so much more than "light-hearted fun." For one, it is a beautifully animated work of cinematic art, with Miyazaki's usual flair for gorgeous landscapes and astonishing detail. As in his recent films Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Miyazaki's brush paints a beautiful world.

There is not much to be said about the plot itself: Kiki is a 13-year-old witch who has just left home to begin a year of training on her own, and she moves to a seaside European town, befriends a husband and wife baker, and sets up a flying delivery service.

What sets Kiki's Delivery Service apart from many of Miyazaki's other works is the personal, rather than epic, nature of the story. It wonderfully captures the day-to-day life of an aspiring 13-year-old girl moving into the life of a bustling town. While there is plenty to please the thrill-seeking adventurous spirit, the film's real beauty lies in its ability to portray the more introverted aspects of life. Most Western animated cinema centers around loud, pop-influenced music and a bad-guy-fighting action-oriented plot, but Kiki's Delivery Service has a charming and understated musical score, and lacks a traditional antagonist. Life isn't all excitement and fighting bad guys—something that this film seems to get across more than any Disney, Pixar, Fox, or other Western animated film I've ever seen. In fact, the doldrums of life are what form the heart of this film, as Kiki finds that she begins to lose her witch's abilities and can no longer fly.

Kiki's Delivery Service is a masterpiece, one of my all-time favorite films, and Kiki's search for the heart within herself is a tale that adults may appreciate more than their children. Indeed, Kiki is one of the most appealing characters that Miyazaki ever brought to life, which is certainly saying something. One of Miyazaki's great arts is in never talking down to his audience, and this fantastic story is no exception.


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