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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) More at IMDbPro »Majo no takkyûbin (original title)

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Eiko Kadono (novel)
Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 July 1989 (Japan) See more »
I was feeling blue, but I'm better now.
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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  (in credits order)
Minami Takayama ... Kiki / Ursula (voice)
Rei Sakuma ... Jiji (voice)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Tombo (voice)
Keiko Toda ... Osono (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa ... Kokiri, Kiki no haha (voice)
Kôichi Miura ... Okino, Kiki no chichi (voice)
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)
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 ... (voice: English version)

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

June Angela ... (voice: English version)

Lewis Arquette ... (voice: English version)

John DeMita ... (voice: English version)

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

John Hostetter ... Dirigible Captain (voice: English version)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Osono (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

Scott Menville ... (voice: English version)
Lisa Michelson ... Kiki (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
Writing credits
Eiko Kadono (novel)

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

Produced by
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
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
Kaoru Tanifuji .... special effects
Animation Department
Midori Chiba .... background artist
Kazuo Ebisawa .... background artist
Masaaki Endo .... key animator
Atsuko Fukushima .... key animator
Makiko Futaki .... key animator
Yukiyoshi Hane .... key animator (as Yoshiyuki Hane)
Akiko Hasegawa .... key animator
Yuji Ikehata .... background artist
Toshiyuki Inoue .... key animator
Yutaka Itô .... background artist
Megumi Kagawa .... key animator (as Ai Kagawa)
Yoshinori Kanada .... key animator
Hidetoshi Kaneko .... background artist
Kiyoko Kanno .... background artist
Kenji Kashiyama .... background artist
Toshio Kawaguchi .... key animator
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist
Katsuya Kondô .... character designer
Katsuya Kondô .... supervising animator
Yoshifumi Kondô .... supervising animator
Miyuki Kudo .... background artist
Satoshi Kuroda .... background artist
Yuko Matsuura .... background artist
Toshiharu Mizutani .... background artist
Kôji Morimoto .... key animator (as Kouji Morimoto)
Hiroyuki Morita .... inbetween animator
Noriko Moritomo .... key animator
Kyouko Naganawa .... background artist
Yoko Nagashima .... background artist
Toshiya Niidome .... key animator
Kazuo Oga .... background artist
Shinji Otsuka .... supervising animator
Yoshiharu Sato .... key animator
Masahiro Sekino .... key animator
Sachiko Sugino .... key animator
Yasuko Tachiki .... animation checker
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Ken Tokushige .... background artist
Chie Uratani .... key animator
Hiroshi Watanabe .... key animator
Hirômi Yamakawa .... key animator
Natsuyo Yasuda .... key animator
Kumiko Ôno .... background artist (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
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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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Director Trademark: [Hayao Miyazaki] [flying]Kiki can fly using a broomstick. The plot revolves around Kiki setting up a flying delivery service. An airship also features prominently in the last segment of the film.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Jiji:[after hearing that Kiki plans on leaving town for her witch training] I'm going to put my paws together and pray that you're not serious!See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Blues Brothers (1980)See more »


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46 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest children's films ever made, 29 July 2000
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

This ranks up there with Pinocchio as the greatest movie for children ever made. One huge problem with most animated children's films are that the plots are so conventional and often contain very 1950s ideals for society that they become detrimental to society. One's childhood is the most impressionable time in their life, so movies that are directed towards them teach them what places different sorts of people play in society. There is a very humorous, but also very serious bit of dialogue in a film called The Last Days of Disco where characters discuss the effects Lady and the Tramp could have on little girls, depicting a young female dog falling for a vagabond Tramp. This, they muse, sets young women up to fall for rebellious men later in life. This may seem like a humorous idea, but it's absolutely true. Even good Disney movies give children these standards. As nice as The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella or Snow White and the Seven Dwarves may be, they basically teach that it is the woman's place to grow up and get married, prefereably to a handsome rich man (perhaps the rich part is never said, but both the main male characters in these films do happen to own castles). The writers of these films probably had no idea that that is what they were doing, but it is.

That is why Pinocchio is the best Disney movie. It is probably the only Disney animated film that I can think of that actually concerns the predicament of its target audience: children. I can hardly think of a single (American) animated film besides it that has a child as its main character (oh, the Jungle Book, which is also excellent).

Then comes Kiki's Delivery Service. It is an absolutely perfect movie about a young girl out on her own trying to handle the responsibilities of life. It is, in my opinion, the best movie that a child can watch. And not only will it teach children, it is also marvelously animated, directed, and written. There is a plethora of great characters, exciting moments, and imaginative situations. It should also expand a child's mind, not only because of the imagination involved, which will help to break children away from conventions in their film experience, thus making them more intelligent, but because it comes from another culture. It doesn't overtly show its Japaneseness, unless you count the imagination involved (though you should count that as a credit towards Hayao Miyazaki, who is the greatest genius of animation as far as I'm concerned). But it may spark an interest in children old enough to understand that someone from another country made it. Also, for younger kids, Miyazaki's fantastic, equally good My Neighbor Totoro. 10/10

(ps: I have only seen the dubbed version of this film. I find it perfectly acceptable and great. Nothing made me cringe, anyway. I think Kirsten Dunst did a very good job characterizing Kiki, a much better job than Claire Danes did characterizing San from Princess Mononoke.)

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