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

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Director:
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 (143 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 no haha (voice)
Kôichi Miura ... Okino, Kiki no chichi (voice)
Haruko Kato ... 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)
Masa Saitô ... (voice)
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 ... (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)

Scott Menville ... (voice: English version)
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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
Yoshiyuki Hane .... key animator
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
Kumiko Ohno .... 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
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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Runtime:
103 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the production phase, Hayao Miyazaki and his artists traveled to Sweden to research for the film. The photographs they took of Stockholm and Visby, formed the basis of the fictional city of Koriko. The city also contains elements of Lisbon, Paris, San Francisco, and Milan.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Kiki:Smile so we can make a good impression.See more »
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90 out of 99 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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