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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Majo no takkyûbin (original title)
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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.

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writers:

Eiko Kadono (novel), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minami Takayama Minami Takayama ... Kiki / Ursula (voice)
Rei Sakuma Rei Sakuma ... Jiji (voice)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Tombo (voice)
Keiko Toda Keiko Toda ... Osono (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa Mieko Nobusawa ... Kokiri - Kiki's Mother (voice)
Kôichi Miura Kôichi Miura ... Okino - Kiki's Father (voice)
Haruko Katô Haruko Katô ... Rô-fujin (voice)
Hiroko Seki Hiroko Seki ... Barsa (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki Yuriko Fuchizaki ... Ketto (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Bakery Worker / Policeman (voice)
Kikuko Inoue ... Maki (voice)
Yûko Kobayashi Yûko Kobayashi ... Young Sempai Witch (voice)
Mika Doi ... Ketto's Mother (voice)
Takaya Hashi Takaya Hashi ... Ketto's Father (voice)
Chika Sakamoto Chika Sakamoto ... Baby (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now 13 years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she's ready to take on the world, or at least the quaintly European seaside village she's chosen as her new home. Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91@yahoo.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I was feeling blue, but I'm better now.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiki's Delivery Service See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY800,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$352,556, 28 July 2019

Gross USA:

$1,004,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,150,365
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the zeppelin accident, the radio broadcaster says "Oh! the humanity". Those are the same words said in the Hindenburg disaster live broadcast by USA radio reporter Herbert Morrison in 1937. See more »

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 »

Quotes

Jiji: [after losing the toy cat doll intended for Ket in a forest, Kiki decides to place Jiji inside the cage so that Kiki can retrieve the real item without further agitating the crows] You gotta be kidding!
Kiki: You can just pretend to be the doll until I find the real one.
[camera points to Ket's house]
Jiji: Why don't YOU pretend to be stuffed and I'LL go get the stupid doll?
Kiki: Don't worry. Hold still.
Jiji: Can I breathe?
Kiki: No. No breathing.
Jiji: [winces]
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Crazy Credits

The denouement scenes of the film play out with the credits rolling ending with Kiki's parents reading a letter from her after the credits finish. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPECIAL EDITON;On the 1998 Disney VHS release, the song playing on the radio is completely different, and it is called 'I'm soaring'; other releases don't have this feature and replace that original song with a different one. See more »

Connections

Featured in Renegade Cut: Kiki's Delivery Service (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara (Wrapped in Kindness)
Performed by Yumi Matsutoya
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fantastic.
8 November 2004 | by lakensteinSee all my reviews

i've only seen the dub, but I must say this movie is superb, fantastic, wonderful and worthy of all the praise it gets. it's heartfelt, funny, and all in all a wonderful movie. the plot, characters, everything about this movie is perfect. it makes me feel oh so good when i watch it. I honestly see nothing wrong with this movie, not a thing. it's quite possibly the greatest coming of age story ever. This movie is too damn good for a review written by me out of complete bordem, so i'll end it by saying if you can a copy, dub or subtitled, rent/buy/steal it. i don't think you'll be disaponited. So go on and get a copy before I beat you. GO NOW.


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