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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) at a glance

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) is a fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is based on the novel of the same name by Eiko Kadono. The film follows the story of a young witch who has to leave her hometown for a year to train herself as a witch in an unfamiliar location.

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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Trailer

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Synopsis

Kiki is an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her black cat, Jiji, Kiki flies off for the adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, 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.

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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Review

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) deals with independence and girls' growing up issues but not witches fantasy. Aside from the lovely traditional hand drawn animation, charming settings and interesting characters, it is quite sad to say that this film disappoints and bores me. I do not how to justify this film, maybe too girlish if I could say and I do not enjoy this kind of simplistic story. If it's too girlish for me, well, it may be baffling for the boys.


I do not like to criticise films as I believe each and every film made out there have their own unique selling point and charm to it as numerous efforts has been done and there's a lot of procedure prior completion of the film so hate to be frank; this film is sweet but not bewitching for a witch fantasy film. Yes, there are flying brooms, adorable talking cat and mentions of other witch abilities; I wasn't expecting much but honestly, there is way too little fantasy in it to be labelled as a fantasy film.

PS. Can we have a feature on the frank and kawaii black cat Jiji? :<

Who will like this?

Maybe you'll enjoy this if you love transition stories or broom-flying related stories.

Children may like this and learn something as it is sweet and good-natured.

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Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Hayao Miyazaki
Story: Eiko Kadono
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Shigeo Sugimura
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toei Company, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Anime Drama Family Fantasy
Running time: 103 mins
Budget: USD 6,900,000 est.
Box office: USD 18,000,000 est.

Official website(s)

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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Poster


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