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

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Eiko Kadono (novel)
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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'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)
Keiko Kagimoto ... Birthday Girl (voice)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Osono (Streamline dub) (voice: English version) (as Alexandra Kenworthy)
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)

Brad Garrett ... Baker (voice: English version) (uncredited)

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
Akiko Hayashi .... designer: symbol mark
Yuriko Katayama .... color key
Michiyo Yasuda .... assistant color key
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
Reiko Aonuma .... cel painter: IM Studio
Yûko Aoyama .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Machiko Araya .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Mieko Asai .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Midori Chiba .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Taeko Chikae .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
Kazuo Ebisawa .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Masaaki Endo .... key animator
Yuka Endô .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Rie Fujimura .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Rumi Fukaya .... cel painter: IM Studio
Kazuo Fukui .... inbetween artist: Studio Mook
Eiko Fukuma .... cel painter: IM Studio
Atsuko Fukushima .... key animator
Tazuko Fukutsuchi .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Yumi Furuya .... cel checker
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
Kazue Hiranuma .... cel painter: IM Studio
Eiichirô Hirata .... inbetween artist
Katsumi Hiroe .... inbetween artist: Film Magic
Yuki Hisada .... cel checker
Eiko Horikiri .... cel painter: IM Studio
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
Michiyo Iseda .... cel painter: IM Studio
Akiko Ishii .... inbetween artist: Anime Torotoro
Etsuko Ishiwari .... inbetween artist: Group Donguri
Ichirô Itsuki .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Fumiko Itô .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
Kôji Itô .... inbetween artist: Anime Torotoro
Yutaka Itô .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Yû Itô .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Norichika Iwakiri .... cel painter: Studio Killy
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
Ikuyo Kimura .... cel checker
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist
Kazumi Kobayashi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Makoto Koga .... inbetween artist: Märchen-sha
Katsuya Kondô .... character designer
Katsuya Kondô .... supervising animator
Yoshifumi Kondô .... supervising animator
Katsusuke Konuma .... inbetween artist: Studio Hibari
Mariko Konuma .... cel painter: IM Studio
Takiko Kubota .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Miyuki Kudo .... background artist: Studio Fûga
Yuriko Kudo .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Satoshi Kuroda .... background artist
Harumi Machii .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Izumi Maeno .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
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
Tsutomu Muta .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
Keiko Nagai .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Kyouko Naganawa .... background artist
Yoko Nagashima .... background artist
Rin Nakagome .... inbetween artist: Studio Mook
Mieko Nakano .... cel painter: IM Studio
Tatsuji Narita .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Toshiya Niidome .... key animator
Sumie Nishido .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Michiko Nishimaki .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
Masami Nishizaka .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
Akihiko Nomura .... inbetween artist: Dôga Kôbô
Kazuo Oga .... background artist
Miyuki Oga .... background artist: Design Office Mechaman
Noriko Ogawa .... cel checker
Mayumi Ohmura .... inbetween artist: Studio Cockpit
Kumiko Ohtani .... inbetween artist
Miyoko Oka .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Kazumi Okabe .... inbetween artist
Chieko Omachi .... cel painter: Dômusha
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
Eiko Satô .... cel painter: IM Studio
Masahiro Sekino .... key animator
Michiko Shibata .... cel painter: IM Studio
Shirô Shibata .... inbetween artist
Masayuki Shibuya .... inbetween artist: Group Donguri
Ritsuko Shiina .... inbetween artist
Yurie Sudou .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Masuko Suganuma .... cel painter: Dômusha
Midori Sugawara .... cel painter: Ryû Production
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
Toshiko Tahara .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Yukari Tajima .... cel painter: IM Studio
Naomi Takahashi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Toshiharu Takahashi .... inbetween artist: Studio Hibari
Ako Takano .... inbetween artist: Studio DEEN
Yoshiko Takasago .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Naoko Takenawa .... inbetween artist
Setsuya Tanabe .... inbetween artist: Nakamura Production
Yôko Tanida .... cel painter: IM Studio
Mika Tanifuji .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Teruyo Tateyama .... cel checker
Akiko Teshima .... inbetween artist
Hiroko Tezuka .... inbetween artist: Takahashi Production
Ken Tokushige .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Yumiki Toyonaga .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Chie Uratani .... key animator
Mayumi Watabe .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Akio Watanabe .... inbetween artist: Studio Hibari
Hiroshi Watanabe .... key animator
Keiko Watanabe .... inbetween artist
Nobuko Watanabe .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Aki Yamagata .... inbetween artist
Akiko Yamaguchi .... inbetween artist
Hirômi Yamakawa .... key animator
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween artist: Anime Torotoro
Natsuyo Yasuda .... key animator
Yukari Yokoyama .... cel painter: Trace Studio M
Reiko Yoshida .... cel painter: Ryû Production
Junko Yoshikawa .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Akihiro Yûki .... inbetween artist: OH Production
Kumiko Ôno .... background artist: Studio Fûga (as Kumiko Ohno)
Ritsuko Ôsaki .... cel painter: Studio Killy
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
Toshitaka Henmi .... production assistant
Hiroyuki Itô .... production assistant
Akira Kaneko .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten
Hiroyuki Katô .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten
Toshiyuki Kawabata .... production desk
Hirokatsu Kihara .... production desk
Yoshifumi Kitanoguchi .... production committee: Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.
Yûji Kitazawa .... production assistant
Kaoru Mano .... titles
Akira Michikawa .... titles
Atsushi Miura .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten
Takeo Mutai .... production committee: NTV
Tomoaki Nishikiri .... production assistant
Hideo Ogata .... planner
Seiji Okuda .... production committee: NTV
John Semper .... adaptor: English version
Iwao Setô .... planner
Noriko Takaya .... harmony process
Masaya Tokuyama .... advertising producer
Yoshio Tsuboike .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten
Hiroshi Tôjô .... production committee: Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.
Yôko Umemura .... production coordinator
Yasuharu Urushido .... production committee: NTV
Fujio Yamada .... dialogue editor
Tatsumi Yamashita .... planner
Michio Yokoo .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten
Muneyoshi Yokoyama .... production committee: NTV
Akiji Ôta .... production committee: Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.

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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 »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario/Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:K-3 | France:Tous publics | 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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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 »
Kiki:We better rest here until it's dry.
Jiji:Won't we get in trouble?
Kiki:Not if nobody's finds us.
Jiji:Oh dear.
Kiki:This is perfect. I'm soaked through, down to the bone.
Kiki:[Kiki takes off her wet dress from the rain, seeing her with her white undershirt and white panties as she puts her dress beside her. Then gathers a pile of hay to cover herself] This smells great and it's warm too. Let's get some sleep.
Jiji:Kiki, I get the feeling we're not alone.
Kiki:Good night, Jiji.
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89 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
The greatest movie ever made, 13 April 2001
Author: panicwatcher ( from Arden Hills, MN, USA

Kiki's Delivery Service is my favorite move. I have seen it at least 10 times and I laughed and cried each time. The animation by Hayao Miyazaki is wonderful, as always. The flying scenes and scenery of the generic European city are totally convincing. I think I really got a feeling of what it would be like to fly in on a broom over and through a European city. In each city scene, I feel like it is some place I have visited in my trips to Europe.

What I really appreciate about this movie is the simplicity of the characters and the plot. There are no robots, no psychotic megalomaniacs, no monsters, no superheros, no bratty smarty kids that are smarter than adults, no evil moron adults, and no fight scenes. No one is kidnapped or seriously injured. Even though the movie a about a witch, the only supernatural acts in the movie are Kiki flying on a broom and talking to her cat.

The movie is about a young girl witch who leaves home with her cat Jiji, moves to a new town, and starts a delivery service. In her business she has some adventures and meets mostly nice people who help her out. In the process she meets a boy named Tombo. Tombo does not have any special powers. He is just a nerdy guy who is trying to build a bicycle that can fly. Tombo gets in to some trouble and Kiki helps him out.

That sounds very dull, but by avoiding the supernatural and monsters, the story is much more easy to relate to. It is a story about leaving home and starting anew, meeting people, helping people, and have people help you when you get into trouble. It is very upbeat, even when things look bleak, they work out with a little help from friends. I liked Tombo's problems trying to be friends with Kiki because they seem like the problems people really have. One of the most beautiful scenes in the movie is Tombo silently waiting in the rain for Kiki who never shows up.

This movie is full of silent beauty. When the baker's wife invites Kiki to move in above the bakery, you get the impression that the gruff but silent husband does not care for Kiki. But in a later scene you see that he has baked a loaf of bread shaped like a girl riding a broom and mounted it in the bakery window. Nothing is ever said about it, but you see how he appreciates her.

I have both the dubbed and subtitled version of the movie. They are both great. This movie is one of the best dubbed I have seen. The dubbed version has a lighter, funnier tone because of the wise-cracking Jiji. I felt I could appreciate the animation better in the dubbed version because I did not have to focus on reading the subtitles. In general the voice acting in the dubbed version is excellent. The subtitled version is also the letterbox version, so you get to see the full beauty of the animation. In some of the flying scenes, Jiji is humorously complaining about the flying conditions in the dubbed version, where the subtitled version lets you silently appreciate the beauty of flying. Due to licensing problems the dubbed and subtitled versions have different theme songs. I think both songs are great. I recommend getting both versions.

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