Kiki's delivery service

Kiki's delivery service

DVD - 2010 | Japanese | Special ed
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A young witch named Kiki and her chatty black cat Jiji befriend a bakery owner. Kiki is an enterprising young girl, but she must follow tradition in order to become a full-fledged witch. Landing in a far-off city, and with the help of her new friend, she sets up a high-flying delivery service and begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility as she finds her place in the world.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2010]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9780788896705
0788896709
9780788833987
Branch Call Number: J FIC
JPN J FIC
Language Note: Japanese, dubbed English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue, English or French subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Miyazaki, Hayao 1941-

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weeksworld
Aug 03, 2019

Just saw this at the Admiral Twin (part of their Studio Ghibli Series). I was amazed at all the logistics inconsistencies and anachronisms. I didn't remember this from the first time I saw it. Kiki starts in a Japanese town (with clearly signs in Japanese Kanji) and flies "South" to the town of Koriko which is some quasi-european city (with signs in some Germanic-Swedish lettering ... also the cars all drive on the right side). There she starts her "training" in witchcraft. How does she learn? By the seat of her pants? (pun there, sorry). There's no other witch (part of the appeal of this place) and not once does she go to the library (to read up on ... "witchcraft"?) She naturally practices her "skill" which she wants to be broom flying but she clearly could use a few pointers but there's none. The TVs are low-res and only BW so I'm guess the period is late 50s (also by the cars). She befriends a local (named Tombo) who flies his human-powered aircraft of which the tech doesn't exist for at least another 30 years. She sets up her business (delivering via witch's broom) complete with metal sign and the film ends with her writing to her mother (another witch) on how well she's doing. She's supposed to intern for a year. Does she go back, leaving her business? What about school? Obviously, SG went for a great story and graphics and ignored these details.

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i_am
Jul 23, 2019

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1aa
Jun 22, 2019

The external notions of the film are so incongruous (a young (13 year old) witch, in the early 20th century, in a European city, with Japanese writing) that the patience and the story-skill have to do all the narrative seduction - and it does. Its a tender story, never lags, and the music near the beginning and at the end is quite good.

Donna_R Feb 10, 2019

We are watching / rewatching all the Studio Ghibli movies in the library. This one is charming and timeless. Kiki the witch finds her feet (and masters her broom) and makes friends in a new town. The cast of supporting characters is full of the usual Ghibli character and fun.

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CadenceSF
Jan 12, 2019

A whichy coming of age adventure by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibbli animation house. Delightful anime landscape and happenings to be enjoyed.

I wonder when you got this DVD i had asked you to get this dvd a coople times and you had got it finally i always wanted to watch this movie i have it on VHS specail edition from 2003 we bought this year on vhs aswell Castle in the Sky on VHS i thought it was the 2ed movie to Kiki's dilvery survies but it is so tottloy diffrent but i like them.

If anyone can pull off a fantastic movie without a physical villain, it's Studio Ghibli. Trivia: Kiki's Delivery Service came out in 1989, nearly a decade before Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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dylankemp
Sep 06, 2017

Light and fun.

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pokano
Mar 13, 2017

Entertaining Miyazaki animated feature, but not with the complex story line of Grave of the Fireflies, Spirited Away, or Princess Kaguya. The bonus feature showing the two locations in Sweden that were inspirations for the setting was very interesting.

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Incarnadine
Jul 21, 2016

A great earlier Miyazaki movie about a cheerful young witch embarking on an important witchy milestone and persevering through adversity. Watch the movie in Japanese with English subtitles if you can! The English dub is ok, but the acting and story are better in Japanese! (yes, the story is changed a bit in English)

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Kiki: Jiji!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Jiji: Naked?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Kiki: You know that painter that found the stuffed cat? She wants to do a picture of me.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

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.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Jiji: Well, well, well... hello kitty.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Kiki: Smile so we can make a good impression.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Kiki: Without even thinking about it, I used to be able to fly. Now I'm trying to look inside myself and find out how I did it.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Kiki: If I lose my magic, that means I've lost absolutely everything.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Ursula: We each need to find our own inspiration, Kiki. Sometimes it's not easy.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Jiji: You'd think they'd never seen a girl and a cat on a broom before.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Kiki is a 13-year-old witch-in-training, living in a village where her mother is the resident herbalist. It is traditional for witches to live for a year alone when they reach 13 years of age. In the opening of the story, Kiki takes off for the big city with her best friend Jiji, a loquacious black cat.

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