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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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Great film for pre-teen girls. Good dubbing for a change. See more (164 total) »


  (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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462 colors were used in this movie.See more »
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 »
Jiji:[Jiji looks at his paws and around the room that is covered in flour] If you wake up tomorrow and find a white cat, it's me.See more »
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20 out of 30 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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