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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 overview, first billed only:
Minami Takayama Minami Takayama ... Kiki / Ursula (voice)
Rei Sakuma Rei Sakuma ... Jiji (voice)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Tombo (voice)
Keiko Toda ... Osono (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa Mieko Nobusawa ... Kokiri - Kiki's Mother (voice)
Kôichi Miura Kôichi Miura ... Okino - Kiki's Father (voice)
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)

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


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Trivia

When Kiki first arrives in the city, she is almost hit by a bus bearing the name "Studio Ghibli". This is the name of Hayao Miyazaki's animation studio. "Ghibli" is seen on the side of two other buses; once as she is being questioned by the officer. See more »

Goofs

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: They're looking at us.
Kiki: I know. Smile so we can make a good impression.
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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

Remade as Kiki's Delivery Service (2014) See more »

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Soaring
Written and Performed by Sydney Forest (1998 Disney re-release)
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Beautiful Artwork Highlights This Young Girl's Story
2 August 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is a nice story for small girls but even an old man like me could appreciate the fabulous colors in here. Man, this is one of the prettiest animated films I've seen. Hundreds of shots in here reminded me of beautiful paintings, from the pastel-colored roofs on the city houses to the great rural scenes.

The story is a simple one: a 13-year-old witch takes off on her broom for a year of training. We follow her as she learns the ropes and goes to several towns where people befriend her, and she learns the importance of friendships herself, particular with a young boy who has a crush on her. Like I said, it's young girl stuff, but there are no villains, no scary parts, no language problems.....just a nice story, and there's nothing wrong with that! The only major change I would have made would be to make Kiki a more likable kid. She's downright cold and nasty, for no reason, to the boy, until the end. I didn't find her to be a character you could really care about, and that shouldn't have been.

Which version to use: Japanese with English subtitles, or the dubbed American Disney version?

I went back-and-forth with this and wound up with the dubbed. The major difference was Phil Hartman was much more effective as the cat and made that character much funnier. Both little girls' voices were almost like chalk on a blackboard for me, tough to take. Also, I've never liked Jeneane Garofolo or her voice. Nonetheless, I think most North Americans will pick the dubbed version, and that's okay.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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