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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:
Great film for pre-teen girls. Good dubbing for a change. See more (151 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)

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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Runtime:
103 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
At first, Miyazaki was only a producer for the film. The first script was written by Nobuyuki Isshiki, and Sunao Katabuchi was scheduled to make his debut as a director. But Isshiki soon left the project, as Miyazaki wasn't satisfied with his script. Miyazaki then re-wrote the script, and eventually directed the film, with Katabuchi as an assistant director.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:If I lose my magic, that means I've lost absolutely everything.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pom Poko (1994)See more »

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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Great film for pre-teen girls. Good dubbing for a change., 31 May 2001
Author: Jeremy Bristol from Plattsmouth, NE

Though not as entertaining for real young children as Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, pre-teens with a long attention span (nearly two hours) and who prefer pacing and atmosphere over flashing lights and singing characters will likely love this movie. Though certainly not a feminist movie, KDS provides a positive (if old-fashioned) role model for young women. Unlike most American films, the movie shows a girl realizing her own power as a person not chanting feel-good slogans ("I am not a victim" American Beauty) but through hard work and being herself.

As part of her witch training, when Kiki turns thirteen she has to live away from home for a year. After some sweet (but not saccharine) scenes with the mother and father, Kiki flies off on her broom, careening off trees and bridges. She falls asleep in a train and finds herself near a town on the sea. Since there are no witches there, Kiki chooses the town. As it turns out, though, not everyone is fond of witches. Don't worry, this isn't Salem. They only do what Japanese tend to do with unwanted guests--they ignore her. After finding a foster home, Kiki decides to set up an air delivery service.

For the most part, the movie is only thinly plotted (or heavily plotted, depending on your view). The main focus is on Kiki's emotions, although to Americans they may seem rather subdued because they are not underlined (this is a Japanese movie, after all). In one of the more overtly emotional scenes, she sheds a couple of tears because of a mixture of happy and sad emotions and then suddenly smiles. Kiki does get overly excited at times, just like most girls her age, and in the Japanese version she continually says "taihen" ("tough" or "difficult") whenever she's running late or has trouble controlling her broom. Her less overt emotions are caught on closer inspection: watch for the bathroom scene, the "oh my god I almost died" scene, and the scene when she walks by a group of giggling girls.

Also, keep an eye out for references to The Wizard of Oz.

Kirstin Dunst as Kiki does a great job pretending that she's thirteen instead of about sixteen. And the sound technicians do a fantastic job varying the voice track so that it doesn't sound flat (I never knew what an important job sound technicians had until I watched the dubbed version of Ghost in the Shell and compared it to the original version). Phil Hartman (in his last role) does a very strange take on the normally high-pitched Jiji, Kiki's black cat. Matthew Lawrence as Kiki's boy friend isn't bad, and neither is Debbie Reynolds as an elderly client. Honestly, none of the dubbing is bad (except the never-seen father of a young boy, who is just over-the-top in a scene that was subdued and thoughtful in the Japanese version).

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