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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
"Majo no takkyûbin" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  29 July 1989 (Japan)
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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)
Kappei Yamaguchi ...
Tombo (voice)
Keiko Toda ...
Osono (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa ...
Kôichi Miura ...
Haruko Katô ...
Rô-fujin (voice)
Hiroko Seki ...
Barsa (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Ketto (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Bakery worker, policeman (voice)
Kikuko Inoue ...
Beautiful designer girl (voice)
Yûko Kobayashi ...
Young sempai witch (voice)
Mika Doi ...
Ketto's mother (voice)
Takaya Hashi ...
Ketto's father (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ...
Baby (voice)
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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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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 800,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$735,603 (France) (2 April 2004)

Gross:

$735,603 (France) (2 April 2004)
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Trivia

Disney's English subtitle translation for the Japanese track on the US DVD release are actually dub-titles. Interestingly, they are not from Disney's 1998 English version of the film but are from an earlier non-Disney English version from the early 1990's. Tokuma, the Japanese company that Disney negotiated the rights to the Ghibli films with, provided this dub translation to Disney for a subtitled release not aware that it was not an accurate translation. However, the dialogue from this earlier dub is much more faithful to the original Japanese version than Disney's dub is. See more »

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The four-engined biplane (more precisely, sesquiplane) that Kiki sees during the opening credits is a real aircraft, the Handley-Page HP42. Eight of these planes - the first four-engined aircraft ever built - were commissioned during the 1930s; later they were converted to military use, and all were destroyed by 1941. But since this movie - according to director Hayao Miyazaki - takes place in a world where World War II never happened, it's plausible that the HP42 would still be in civilian service. See more »

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Jiji: You'd think they'd never seen a girl and a cat on a broom before.
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In the Disney english version:In Memory of Phil Hartman 1948-1998 See more »

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

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The greatest movie ever made
13 April 2001 | by (Arden Hills, MN, USA) – See all my reviews

Kiki's Delivery Service is my favorite move. I have seen it at least 10 times and I laughed and cried each time. The animation by Hayao Miyazaki is wonderful, as always. The flying scenes and scenery of the generic European city are totally convincing. I think I really got a feeling of what it would be like to fly in on a broom over and through a European city. In each city scene, I feel like it is some place I have visited in my trips to Europe.

What I really appreciate about this movie is the simplicity of the characters and the plot. There are no robots, no psychotic megalomaniacs, no monsters, no superheros, no bratty smarty kids that are smarter than adults, no evil moron adults, and no fight scenes. No one is kidnapped or seriously injured. Even though the movie a about a witch, the only supernatural acts in the movie are Kiki flying on a broom and talking to her cat.

The movie is about a young girl witch who leaves home with her cat Jiji, moves to a new town, and starts a delivery service. In her business she has some adventures and meets mostly nice people who help her out. In the process she meets a boy named Tombo. Tombo does not have any special powers. He is just a nerdy guy who is trying to build a bicycle that can fly. Tombo gets in to some trouble and Kiki helps him out.

That sounds very dull, but by avoiding the supernatural and monsters, the story is much more easy to relate to. It is a story about leaving home and starting anew, meeting people, helping people, and have people help you when you get into trouble. It is very upbeat, even when things look bleak, they work out with a little help from friends. I liked Tombo's problems trying to be friends with Kiki because they seem like the problems people really have. One of the most beautiful scenes in the movie is Tombo silently waiting in the rain for Kiki who never shows up.

This movie is full of silent beauty. When the baker's wife invites Kiki to move in above the bakery, you get the impression that the gruff but silent husband does not care for Kiki. But in a later scene you see that he has baked a loaf of bread shaped like a girl riding a broom and mounted it in the bakery window. Nothing is ever said about it, but you see how he appreciates her.

I have both the dubbed and subtitled version of the movie. They are both great. This movie is one of the best dubbed I have seen. The dubbed version has a lighter, funnier tone because of the wise-cracking Jiji. I felt I could appreciate the animation better in the dubbed version because I did not have to focus on reading the subtitles. In general the voice acting in the dubbed version is excellent. The subtitled version is also the letterbox version, so you get to see the full beauty of the animation. In some of the flying scenes, Jiji is humorously complaining about the flying conditions in the dubbed version, where the subtitled version lets you silently appreciate the beauty of flying. Due to licensing problems the dubbed and subtitled versions have different theme songs. I think both songs are great. I recommend getting both versions.


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