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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minami Takayama ... Kiki / Ursula (voice)
Rei Sakuma ... Jiji (voice)
... 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)
... Bakery Worker / Policeman (voice)
... Maki (voice)
Yûko Kobayashi ... Young Sempai Witch (voice)
... Ketto's Mother (voice)
Takaya Hashi ... Ketto's Father (voice)
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)

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


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Release Date:

20 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kiki's Delivery Service  »

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Budget:

JPY 800,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,081,851
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Hayao Miyazaki: the director can be seen for a moment in the scene when the street-sweeper says "that's my broom she used". He's in the upper-right corner of the picture. 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]
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 »

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Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Legend of the Titanic (2014) See more »

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I'm Gonna Fly
Written and Performed by Sydney Forest
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See the Disney version, then find the original
12 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I've been a fan of the original "Majo no takkyubin" for a long time, and I've been extremely pessimistic about American dubs of Japanese animation, which have ranged from barely tolerable to scrape-it-off-your-shoe terrible. When I heard Disney had bought distribution rights, I wondered whether a big-name animation studio would do right by this film.

Well, I've now seen the Disney version and I'm a little disappointed. Like most other American studios, Disney assumes that anything animated must be aimed solely at children under five. Much of the charm and subtlety of the original film is lost in this dubbed version, and in a few places the translation just plain doesn't make sense. Phil Hartman is funny as the smart-alecky Jiji, and despite his frequent ad-libs, the part comes off reasonably well. But if you've seen and liked the Disney version of this film, do yourself a favor and dig up the original Japanese (subtitled) version. You'll see what Hayao Miyazaki really wanted you to see.


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