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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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 name of Osono's bakery, "Guchokipanya" is a Japanese pun made from the words "guchokipa" (Rock Paper Scissors) and "pan'ya" (bakery). 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

Jiji: [after losing the toy cat doll intended for Ket in a forest, Kiki decides to place Jiji inside the cage so that Kiki can retrieve the real item without further agitating the crows] You gotta be kidding!
Kiki: You can just pretend to be the doll until I find the real one.
Jiji: Why don't YOU pretend to be stuffed, and I'LL go get the stupid doll?
[sees Ket's house approaching]
Jiji: Uh oh!
Kiki: Don't worry. Hold still.
Jiji: Can I breathe?
Kiki: No. No breathing.
Jiji: [winces]
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Fly
Written and Performed by Sydney Forest
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See the Disney version, then find the original
12 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I've been a fan of the original "Majo no takkyubin" for a long time, and I've been extremely pessimistic about American dubs of Japanese animation, which have ranged from barely tolerable to scrape-it-off-your-shoe terrible. When I heard Disney had bought distribution rights, I wondered whether a big-name animation studio would do right by this film.

Well, I've now seen the Disney version and I'm a little disappointed. Like most other American studios, Disney assumes that anything animated must be aimed solely at children under five. Much of the charm and subtlety of the original film is lost in this dubbed version, and in a few places the translation just plain doesn't make sense. Phil Hartman is funny as the smart-alecky Jiji, and despite his frequent ad-libs, the part comes off reasonably well. But if you've seen and liked the Disney version of this film, do yourself a favor and dig up the original Japanese (subtitled) version. You'll see what Hayao Miyazaki really wanted you to see.


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