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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Majo no takkyûbin (original title)
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)
Kappei Yamaguchi ...
Tombo (voice)
Keiko Toda ...
Osono (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa ...
Kôichi Miura ...
Haruko Katô ...
Rô-fujin (voice)
Hiroko Seki ...
Barsa (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Ketto (voice)
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Bakery Worker / Policeman (voice)
Kikuko Inoue ...
Maki (voice)
Yûko Kobayashi ...
Young Sempai Witch (voice)
Mika Doi ...
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 thirteen 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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29 July 1989 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 800,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$735,603 (France) (2 April 2004)
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Trivia

The story takes place in an alternative 1950's Europe where WWI and WWII never happened. Hayao Miyazaki has been quoted saying that the fictional city of Kokiro has one side on the shores of the Mediterranean, and the other on the Baltic Sea. 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

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.
Jiji: Why don't YOU pretend to be stuffed, and I'LL go get the stupid doll?
[sees Ket's house approaching]
Jiji: Uh oh!
Kiki: Don't worry. Hold still.
Jiji: Can I breathe?
Kiki: No. No breathing.
Jiji: [winces]
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Crazy Credits

In the Disney english version:In Memory of Phil Hartman 1948-1998 See more »

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Referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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Soaring
Written and Performed by Sydney Forest
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uplifting movie
26 January 2005 | by (California,US) – See all my reviews

Another great Miyazaki film. A young witch, with a good heart, leaves her mom and dad on her 13th birthday with her black cat, as all witches are supposed to do to complete her training and make it on her own. She looks for a city in need of a witch and finds a city near an ocean. She meets some other good hearted people who help her along the way.

There really isn't a villain in the movie and it's mainly a slice of life type of film. In the end of the film it all comes together and she performs a heroic act.

I tried to watch the dubbed version. Dunst was fine, but I just couldn't stand Garofolo and Hartman. So set the DVD audio to the original Japanese soundtrack and used English subtitles.

If you watch the dubbed version. Turn on the subtitles and you will see all the additional dialog they added. They just couldn't help padding their roles, especially Hartman.


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