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Kiki's Delivery Service
     

Kiki's Delivery Service

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo

 

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Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and

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Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict "no witches" policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief making. She's saved from the street by a kindly baker's wife who offers her room and board in exchange for her delivering by broom the baker's wares. Soon she befriends a college-aged artist, an old women who fusses over her, and a boy her same age who is nursing a massive crush. All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can't make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do?

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Barnes & Noble
Before Harry Potter ever went to Hogwarts, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki spun a charming tale about a young witch-in-training in his 1989 feature Kiki's Delivery Service. Thirteen-year-old Kiki leaves her home for one year to become an apprentice witch and learn how to live on her own. Moving into a coastal town with her talking cat, Jiji, Kiki struggles to fit into her new environment and opens her own delivery business courtesy of the only magical power she's good at: flying on her broomstick. Along the way, she makes new friends, struggles with the temporary loss of her magical abilities, and finally gains much in the way of self-confidence. A gentle coming-of-age story closer in tone to Miyazaki's Academy Award-winning Spirited Away than to his adventure film Castle in the Sky, Kiki is a movie that is low on conflict but high in subdued grace notes. Audiences can expect all the usual from a good Miyazaki film: strong storytelling, a child's sense of wonder, and gorgeous animation. Disney's fine English dub features voice stars Kirsten Dunst (as Kiki), Matthew Lawrence, Janeane Garofalo, Debbie Reynolds, and, in one of his last performances, Phil Hartman (as Jiji). Volk Lindsay
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A coming-of-age story with a unique international perspective, Kiki's Delivery Service is one of auteur animator Hayao Miyazaki's many family films with an almost-universal appeal. The story of 13-year-old witch Kiki leaving home to live on her own is one that reflects the basic human experience of growing up. While she fumbles with the logistics of being a witch, Kiki struggles with independent living skills and ponders some existential questions, posed so that a kid can relate to them. Perhaps appreciated by an audience older than the set for Miyazaki's delightful My Neighbor Totoro but not old enough for his epic Princess Mononoke, this film approaches the adolescent teenage girl years with an honest, intelligent grace. Without seeming heavy-handed, Kiki is helped on her journey by several women role models, notably Madame (voice of Debbie Reynolds), a pregnant baker who assists her in practical matters, and Ursula (voice of Janeane Garofalo), a friendly painter who is a springboard for her philosophical uncertainties. The city Kiki lands in is magical itself; though the characters are drawn in a typical Japanese anime style, the setting is not anchored in any particular time or place, with a mixture of European architecture and pop-culture references from several different decades. Keeping the pace fairly quick are the humorous bits from Kiki's black cat companion, Jiji (voice of Phil Hartman, in one of his last films), and the daring rescue scene where Kiki gets to save the day -- and the boy. Seemingly more accessible to a Western audience because of the setting, this adventure story manages to address life issues that adults still struggle with, while packing in enough action to keep an average kid entertained.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0786936175226
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Kiki's Delivery Service introduction by John Lasseter; Complete storyboards; Behind the Microphone with Kirsten Dunst and Phil Hartman; Original Japanese trailers; English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Original Japanese language track; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Spanish language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirsten Dunst Kiki
Phil Hartman Jiji
Janeane Garofalo Ursula
Matthew Lawrence Tombo
Debbie Reynolds Madame
Tress MacNeille Osono
Edie McClurg Barsa
Kath Soucie Kiki's Mother
Jeff Bennett Kiki's Father
Pamela Segall Ket
Debi Derryberry Senior Witch
June Angela Voice Only
Corey Burton Radio Announcer
Lewis Arquette Voice Only
Fay deWitt Voice Only
Susan Hickman Voice Only
Sherry Lynn Voice Only
Matt Miller Voice Only
Scott Menville Voice Only
Eddie Frierson Voice Only
Julia Demita Voice Only
John de Mita Voice Only

Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Chihara Score Composer
Jack Fletcher Screenwriter
Sydney Forest Score Composer
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Shuji Inoue Sound/Sound Designer
Sinao Katabuchi Asst. Director
Hiroshi Ono Production Designer
Jane Schonberger Executive Producer
John Semper Screenwriter
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Ernie Sheesley Sound/Sound Designer
Shigeo Sudimura Cinematographer
Toshio Suzuki Associate Producer
Morihisa Takagi Executive Producer
Kaoru Tanifuji Special Effects
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer
Mikihiko Tsuzuki Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening Titles/"Soaring"
2. A City by the Ocean
3. Kiki Meets Osono
4. A Flying Delivery Service
5. Kiki's First Customer
6. Retrieving Jiji
7. Invitation to a Party
8. Rush Delivery
9. Caught in the Rain
10. A Delivery for Osono
11. A Day at the Beach
12. Losing Her Magic
13. A Visit With Ursula
14. The Right Inspiration
15. Kiki Rescues Tombo
16. End Credits/"I'm Gonna Fly" [2:34]

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Kiki's Delivery Service 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this movie ever since I was a child, and was hoping to have the same movie that I have on VHS. Unfortunately, when I started to watch it, I noticed that some lines were left out and that it used the original Japanese songs, rather than the English Sydney Forest songs that I was used to. This was very disappointing. I very much wish that they would list that this is the alter/revised version, as opposed to the original 1998 English release version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you buy this DVD for the Japanese audio track beware. The entire last chapter of the Japanes track is in Spanish by mistake... This is the final musical number where the animation depicts what happens to all the characters after the main story has ended... spanish music & spanish talking. I don't think the japanese for this chapter is on the disk at all, because the spanish track is also (of course) spanish, so there wasn't a simple switch here. BTW if you get the disk for the spanish dub, it is of fairly poor quality with studio echoes of the voice actors easily audible. For english language folks, I'd recommend watching in Japanese with English subtitles. The quality of dubbing of Miyazaki's films into english are excellent for their theatrical releases (Spiritied Away, Princess Mononoke), but conisderably less money and time was put into the direct-to-video releases of the archives (Kiki, Castle in the Sky, Totoro). Therefore, inferior musical numbers are added, and poor choices of added speech and added musical numbers strongly change the tone of many of the scenes. (Adding speech where none existed in the original is not something I abhor, and in my opinion was done well by comparison in Spirited Away & Princess Mononoke). For example, the beginning song as Kiki first flies away from home is clearly a song from the 50's. Hence the transistor radio and the 50's dress of all the later characters make sense. The English song, while good, does not set the era, and doesn't change in themes with regard to the scenrey depicted as the original. Phil Hartman, although very different in voice, does a very impressive job as Jiji, especially given some irregular english dialog meant to match the mouth motions of the animation. Kirsten Dunst, however was disappointing. She spoke her lines well, but seems to change in character unpredictably between scenes, and doesn't handle the translated english irregularities as well as Phil Hartman. For example, there is a character named Mrs. Osono-- wishing to preserve the original name, the translaters have poor Kirsten call her ''hey Osono'', whereas '' Mrs. Osono'' would be less strange to the english listener. However, I would say the english dub is done better than in Totoro, which is completely ruined by the careless english dub in my opinion, because it is a much simpler and delicate narrative. Summary... Kiki is a classic, wonderful movie, in very different ways than what make Disney films good. Kiki is watchable in English, but if you like it, and once you know the story, I'd recommend watching it in Japanese with English subtitles... However, if you do, you'll get the final chapter in Spanish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was my first Miyazaki film! I recently bought Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service on Blu Ray and was disappointed (and pissed) to find out both of them had been edited compared to the 1998 and 2003 releases I grew up watching. For Castle in the Sky, though the timelength of the film is the same (2 hours, 4 minutes), some of the musical score is rearraged or changed all together and alot of the extra background chatter and more funnier quotes, especially coming from the pirates, were taken out. As for Kiki, same situation: the two songs by Sydney Forest replaced by original the Japanese music, some of the musical score taken out, as well as most of the comments coming from Jiji the cat, voiced by the great and late Phil Hartman. Highly offensive considering this movie was one of his last!!! My Advice? While most movies are a wonder to watch in Blu Ray quality, I recommend the older DVDs or VHS tapes of these two Miyazaki masterpieces. 
Eryl More than 1 year ago
A Wonderful Anime Movie from Hayao Miyazaki!!!! This is anime movie with a simple to understand storyline for young children. My family loves it!
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Troks More than 1 year ago
This revised version of this movie has a few different bits changed from the original english version from 1998 that was showen on Toon disney. The main change being the opening and closeing themes are now the original japanese pop-songs(2010 verison) instead of the english songs "Soaring" and "gonna fly"(1998 verison). Other changes are in the dialong. I highly recommend the older dvd release of Kiki's Delivery Service to the fans of the version that was played on Toon Disney.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Kiki is a witch and she is off to learn her witchcraft skill. Along with Kiki is her cat GiGi, and they are on a grand flying adventure to find out what Kiki's special talents are. Join them and go off sightseeing. GiGi, the cat is rather comical and entertaining. This DVD is a wonderful voyage with a witch and her cat. *Wonderful plot and characters to keep you absorbed and engaged. Fly high with "Kiki's Delivery Service", you are sure to delight in the trip. This story is good for discovering the meaning of true friendship and about how to be welcoming. *Good for youth six or seven and older.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely movie to cozy up with when you need to feel good. Kiki, a young 13 year old witch(impulsive and charming) must leave home for a year to begin training. While balancing her newfound responsibilty and freedom she discovers life lessons concerning all kinds of people and her place in the world. This is a realistic story as Kiki goes through her life , meeting friends and facing rejection. She has to overcome very difficult obstacles when she discovers she can't fly. She must find her inspiration to work her magic again. Sorry I can't tell you the ending! I highly recommend this charming film of Miyazaki's!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! I grew up with this movie and every time I watch it, it awakens wonderful childhood memories I have with my family and younger cousins when they were toddlers. Teaches a great lesson that in growing up, one has to believe in yourself and find the "magic" in each of us. For we all have a special gift to give to help ourselves and others. And no matter how different you are or may seem, even one is special in their own way. Like Kiki is as a witch and like Tombow is as a regular boy but with dreams and the mind of flyer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! It's so cool. I hope others will agree, when you see Kiki's Delivery Service on DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another anime favorites about a young witch who goes to a new location and tries to fit in with others who aren't entirely like her but keep it in mind.
luckychao More than 1 year ago
It is a very good story about this young witch, KiKi when she turned 13 years old she needed to go out live one year on her own as the tradition requirement for the witch. She started as a not so sure of herself and did not know what to do with her life and she had no idea what her epecial talents were. As the journey went on she met new friends along the way and in the process of setting herself up for the delivery service she met some challenages and she was able to solve them on her own and in the end she became more confident about herself and knowing what she wants to do with her life. It is a fun and entertaining movie for the whole family to watch. My 2 year old has watched this movie for at least 50 times already. The characters are cute and lovely and the story is engaging and has good messages to teach the children to be responsible, self-confident, reliable and be your personal best no matter what you do in your life. An excellent movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatist movie i have ever seen.This is now my favorite movie.I can watch it again and again!!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fisrt saw this movie years ago, and I have it now on DVD. This is the first Hayao Miazaki film I ever saw, and I don't think I'll forget it anytime soon. The story is sweet enough for children, and even older audiences can find things to relate to. My favorite song from this movie is the end song, and I get such a cozy feeling when I hear it. If your just getting into anime, this movie is a great start. I'd give more stars to this Miazaki movie, but they only allow five.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not typically a fan of anime, though certain movies have captured my attention as pure works of art. But Kiki is a slow-moving tale that never really gets its stride. The characters are very two-dimensional and I was unable to feel any connection to them. They ended up seeming silly and plastic. The concept was intriguing, but I wish they would have stretched its potential further.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is truly one of Hayao Miyazaki's masterpices as a young girl goes to a city to do her training period as a witch. The animation is stunning and the plot is awsome. This is a must see for Miyazaki fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Hayao Miyazaki's animation is simply gorgeous and the cast of characters are wonderfully developed. The story is about Kiki, the witch, who goes out at the age of 13 for a year of training. Along the way, she looses her powers and is no longer able to ride her broomstick or talk to her sarcastic cat Jiji. As in all of Miyazaki's works that I have seen, the characters are not perfect, which makes them easy to relate to since people, likewise, are not perfect. This movie perked my roommate and I up after a long, grueling day. I highly recommend it if you are feeling down-in-the-dumps and need something funny and charming to watch. The new 2 disc DVD is nice to have--I would not recommend getting this on VHS--because you can watch it in English or in Japanese with English subtitles. Plus, there are quite a few 'Making of the Movie' specials and the origional Japanese trailers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an amazing movie that you can enjoy over and over again! this was really good compared to other animated movies ive seen. it is an acomplishment for any animaters to do his good of a job. Spectacular!*****
Robert-Long More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie for the entire family to watch together! Kiki is a young girl, 13 years old, and a witch-in-training. She goes out to make it on her own for a year. She finds a new city to live in, where there aren't any witches living, and settles in with a couple who run a bakery. Her best (and almost only) magical skill is flying, so she becomes an aerial delivery girl. She gets into many different situations and meets many different local people. (Note: There is little or no intolerance or prejudice against witches displayed.) She even meets a boy who's as much into flying as she is (with a flying bicycle he invented). She gets sick and suffers a crisis of confidence, but regains her faith in herself. Everything ends well for her. I especially recommend this movie for families with younger children. Even the littlest ones won't find anything scary in it, and the older ones (and the adults) will have a great time watching it again and again to find ever more in it to enjoy and discuss and learn from. The movie is originally from the late '80s, but has stood up well over time. Disney re-released it in an American-dubbed version several years ago. That's the version to get; it's got a second disc of bonus features that are fun and educational to watch. I also would recommend any other animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki; search his name in the B&N search ber and you'll come up with half a dozen or so different movies that the whole family will enjoy again and again.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful and uplifting anime about a young and powerful 13 year old witch who moves in a new town with her magical cat to embark on a new life. At first she recieves a frosty reception when she tries to befriend the locals. Over time, she is taken in by a caring woman who is about to become a mother and owns a bakery with her husband. Kiki starts her own delivery service and eventually makes friends and connects with some of the people in the story on a deep spiritual level. Along the way, through her challenge of temporarily losing her power to fly she discovers that the key to her power lies in trusting her spirit and believing in herself. This is also a very happy and uplifting movie. I am very happy to have found out about this movie through amazon and I would highly recommend this magical gem of a movie if you love to watch anime that will help give you an emotional boost and feelings of joy and upliftment.