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Writers:
Eiko Kadono (novel)
Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 July 1989 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
I was feeling blue, but I'm better now.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A beautiful and introspective masterpiece See more (161 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Minami Takayama ... Kiki / Ursula (voice)
Rei Sakuma ... Jiji (voice)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... 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)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Bakery Worker / Policeman (voice)
Kikuko Inoue ... Maki (voice)
Yûko Kobayashi ... Young Sempai Witch (voice)
Mika Doi ... Ketto's Mother (voice)
Takaya Hashi ... Ketto's Father (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ... Baby (voice)
Toshiko Asai ... (voice)
Yoshiko Kamei ... (voice)
Hiroko Maruyama ... (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji ... (voice)
Yûko Maruyama ... (voice)
Sho Saito ... (voice) (as Masa Saitô)
Yûko Tsuga ... (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura ... (voice)

Kirsten Dunst ... Kiki (voice: English version)

Kath Soucie ... Kiki's Mother (voice: English version)

Debbie Reynolds ... Madame (voice: English version)

Jeff Bennett ... Kiki's Father (voice: English version)

Phil Hartman ... Jiji (voice: English version)

Tress MacNeille ... Osono (voice: English version)

Edie McClurg ... Bertha (voice: English version)

Debi Derryberry ... Young Senior Witch (voice: English version)

Matthew Lawrence ... Tombo (voice: English version)

Janeane Garofalo ... Ursula (voice: English version)

Corey Burton ... Radio Announcer (voice: English version)

Pamela Adlon ... Ket (voice: English version) (as Pamela Segall)

Eddie Frierson ... Tombo (Streamline dub) / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Sherry Lynn ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Matt K. Miller ... Policeman / Receptionist (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

June Angela ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Lewis Arquette ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Lara Cody ... Ket / Ket's Aunt / Hometown Friend 1 / Tombo's Friend 3 (voice: English version)
John Dantona ... Kiki's Father (voice: English version)

John DeMita ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Fay DeWitt ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Julia Fletcher ... Ket's Aunt, Ket's Mother (voice: English version) (as Julia DeMita)

Barbara Goodson ... Kiki's Mother / Hometown Friend 2 (voice: English version)
Susan Hickman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

John Hostetter ... Dirigible Captain (voice: English version)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Osono (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Steve Kramer ... Cop / Street Sweeper / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Wendee Lee ... Senior Witch / Hometown Adult 2 / Madame's Granddaughter / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Carl Macek ... Opening Radio Voice (voice: English version)
Melanie MacQueen ... Madame / First Woman Kiki Meets (voice: English version)
Kerrigan Mahan ... Jiji / Driver 2 (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Dave Mallow ... Tombo's Friend 1 / Dirigible Captain (voice: English version)

Scott Menville ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Diane Michelle ... Ket's Mother / Ms. Dora / Tombo's Friend 2 (voice: English version)
Lisa Michelson ... Kiki (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Edie Mirman ... Artist / Barsa (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Mike Reynolds ... Hometown Adult 1 / Ket's Grandmother (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Gregory Snegoff ... Newscaster Covering Dirigible / Osono's Husband / Clock Keeper / Background TV Newscaster / Kiki's 2nd Customer (Streamline dub) (voice: English version) (as Greg Snegoff)
Doug Stone ... Driver 1 / Hotel Receptionist / Bakery Customer 1 (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
 
Writing credits
Eiko Kadono (novel)

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

Produced by
Toru Hara .... animation producer: Studio Ghibli
Hayao Miyazaki .... producer
Todd Olsson .... co-producer (english version)
Jane Schonberger .... executive producer
Jane Schonberger .... producer (US version)
Toshio Suzuki .... associate producer
Morihisa Takagi .... executive producer
Eiko Tanaka .... line producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Mikihiko Tsuzuki .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
 
Cinematography by
Shigeo Sugimura 
 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Production Design by
Hinoshi Ono 
 
Art Direction by
Hiroshi Ohno 
 
Production Management
Eiko Tanaka .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sunao Katabuchi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yuriko Katayama .... color designer
Michiyo Yasuda .... color designer
 
Sound Department
Naoko Asari .... recording supervisor
Shuji Inoue .... sound mixer
Norio Kobayashi .... sound effects assistant
William Komar .... sound effects editor: US version (as Bill Komar)
Hironori Ono .... sound effects assistant
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects
Ernie Sheesley .... sound: US version
Shoichi Tamaasa .... sound recording assistant
James Twomey .... adr recordist
Danny van Spreuwel .... adr recordist: Dutch version
Fujio Yamada .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Kunji Tanifuji .... special effects (as Kaoru Tanifuji)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenji Akazawa .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Satoshi Arakawa .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Hiroaki Edamitsu .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Yasunori Hayama .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Hisao Kazamura .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Tôru Kobayashi .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Katsuya Kozutsumi .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Jôsaku Nishiyama .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Yasuhiro Shimizu .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Shigeo Sugimura .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
Hiroshi Tamura .... camera operator: Studio Gallop
 
Animation Department
Akihiko Adachi .... inbetween artist: Group Donguri
Yûko Aoyama .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN [jp]
Machiko Araya .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Midori Chiba .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Kazuo Ebisawa .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Masaaki Endo .... key animator
Yuka Endô .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN [jp]
Rie Fujimura .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Kazuo Fukui .... inbetween artist: Studio Mook
Atsuko Fukushima .... key animator
Tazuko Fukutsuchi .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Makiko Futaki .... key animator
Masahiro Hamamori .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Yukiyoshi Hane .... key animator (as Yoshiyuki Hane)
Kasumi Hara .... inbetween artist: Kabochamura
Akiko Hasegawa .... key animator
Yoshie Hayashi .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Eiichirô Hirata .... inbetween artist
Katsumi Hiroe .... inbetween artist: Film Magic
Nobuhiro Hosoi .... inbetween artist
Takuya Iinuma .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Hiroki Ikehata .... inbetween artist: OH Production
Yuji Ikehata .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Yukiko Imai .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Toshiyuki Inoue .... key animator
Akiko Ishii .... inbetween artist: Anime Torotoro
Etsuko Ishiwari .... inbetween artist: Group Donguri
Ichirô Itsuki .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Kôji Itô .... inbetween artist: Anime Torotoro
Yutaka Itô .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Yû Itô .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Emiko Iwayanagi .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Megumi Kagawa .... key animator (as Ai Kagawa)
Hitoshi Kagiyama .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Kenji Kamiyama .... background artist: Studio Fûga
Yoshinori Kanada .... key animator
Yoshimi Kanbara .... inbetween artist: Kabochamura
Hiroyuki Kanbe .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Hidetoshi Kaneko .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Kiyoko Kanno .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Yumi Kawachi .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Toshio Kawaguchi .... key animator
Yoshie Kawasaki .... inbetween artist: Kabochamura
Satoshi Kazato .... inbetween artist: Studio Mook
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist
Makoto Koga .... inbetween artist: Märchen-sha
Katsuya Kondô .... character designer
Katsuya Kondô .... supervising animator
Yoshifumi Kondô .... supervising animator
Katsusuke Konuma .... inbetween artist: Studio Hibari
Miyuki Kudo .... background artist: Studio Fûga
Satoshi Kuroda .... background artist
Takao Maki .... inbetween artist
Kiyoko Makita .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Hideaki Maniwa .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Suzuko Mano .... inbetween artist: Group Donguri
Riwako Matsui .... inbetween artist
Akiko Matsushima .... inbetween artist: Takahashi Production
Yuko Matsuura .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Nagisa Miyazaki .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Toshiharu Mizutani .... background artist: Studio Fûga
Kôji Morimoto .... key animator (as Kouji Morimoto)
Hiroyuki Morita .... inbetween animator
Hiroyuki Morita .... inbetween artist
Noriko Moritomo .... key animator
Keiko Nagai .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Kyouko Naganawa .... background artist
Yoko Nagashima .... background artist
Rin Nakagome .... inbetween artist: Studio Mook
Tatsuji Narita .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Toshiya Niidome .... key animator
Sumie Nishido .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Akihiko Nomura .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Kazuo Oga .... background artist
Miyuki Oga .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Mayumi Ohmura .... inbetween artist: Studio Cockpit
Kumiko Ohtani .... inbetween artist
Kazumi Okabe .... inbetween artist
Kyuma Oshita .... inbetween artist: Studio Mook
Shinji Otsuka .... supervising animator
Kazutaka Ozaki .... inbetween artist
Yuriko Saitô .... inbetween artist: OH Production
Masako Sakano .... clean-up and inbetween artist
Masako Sakano .... inbetween artist: Takahashi Production
Nobuko Sato .... inbetween artist
Yoshiharu Sato .... key animator
Masahiro Sekino .... key animator
Shirô Shibata .... inbetween artist
Masayuki Shibuya .... inbetween artist: Group Donguri
Ritsuko Shiina .... inbetween artist
Yurie Sudou .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Sachiko Sugino .... key animator
Keiichi Suwada .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Ryô Suzuki .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Yasuko Tachiki .... animation checker
Koichi Taguchi .... inbetween artist: Nakamura Production
Toshiharu Takahashi .... inbetween artist: Studio Hibari
Ako Takano .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Naoko Takenawa .... inbetween artist
Setsuya Tanabe .... inbetween artist: Nakamura Production
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Akiko Teshima .... inbetween artist
Hiroko Tezuka .... inbetween artist: Takahashi Production
Ken Tokushige .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Chie Uratani .... key animator
Akio Watanabe .... inbetween artist: Studio Hibari
Hiroshi Watanabe .... key animator
Keiko Watanabe .... inbetween artist
Aki Yamagata .... inbetween artist
Akiko Yamaguchi .... inbetween artist
Hirômi Yamakawa .... key animator
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween artist: Anime Torotoro
Natsuyo Yasuda .... key animator
Akihiro Yûki .... inbetween artist: OH Production
Kumiko Ôno .... background artist: Studio Fûga (as Kumiko Ohno)
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
Atsuko Ôtani .... key animator
 
Casting Department
Jack Fletcher .... voice casting: English version
 
Editorial Department
Hiroshi Adachi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
June Angela .... soloist
Masataka Matsutoya .... arranger: songs
Yumi Matsutôya .... composer: song "Rouge no dengon" (as Arai Yumi)
Yumi Matsutôya .... composer: theme song "Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta-nara" (as Arai Yumi)
Isao Takahata .... musical director
 
Other crew
Jack Fletcher .... adaptor: English version
Jack Fletcher .... dialogue director: English version
Eric Garcia .... production coordinator
Kaoru Mano .... titles
Akira Michikawa .... titles
Hideo Ogata .... planner
John Semper .... adaptor: English version
Iwao Setô .... planner
Noriko Takaya .... harmony process
Tatsumi Yamashita .... planner
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Majo no takkyûbin" - Japan (original title)
"Witch's Special Express Delivery" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario/Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:K-3 | France:U | Germany:0 | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:G | Italy:T | Mexico:A | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:U | USA:G (certificate #36018)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Hayao Miyazaki]the director can be seen for a moment in the scene when the street-sweeper says "that's my broom she used". He's in the upper-right corner of the picture.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Quotes:
Ursula:We each need to find our own inspiration, Kiki. Sometimes it's not easy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I'm Gonna FlySee more »

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109 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful and introspective masterpiece, 21 June 2005
Author: mahlersoboes from United States

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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