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  • Apr 23, 2008
Kiki's Delivery Service is a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based off a novel written by Eiko Kadono (but the film only covers what happens during the summer, while the novel covers more time). This was also the first film released under the Disney / Studio Ghibli deal.

The film tells the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old witch in training, and all the adventures she goes through to find her talents as she is growing up.

The DVD has a few special features: the introduction by Pixar's John Lasseter that appears at the beginning of the film, the "Behind the Microphone" documentary (which shows interviews and recording footage of some of the American voice cast), and ten minutes worth of the original Japanese trailers. While the trailers were interesting, the audio quality was a bit disappointing. The second disc contains the film in a "storyboard version" (however, I'm not sure how many people are really going to sit through a version of the film made up of storyboards instead of actual animation).

Kiki's Delivery Service is a wonderful "coming of age" story that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

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Quick Tip by . April 07, 2010
A family film about a young witch who uses her broomstick & her wits to start a delivery service. Cute animation.
review by . July 11, 2008
Kiki's Delivery Service is a very good and cute movie for all ages. The animation and voice talent is very good (watched it in Japanese, but the English translation is pretty good as well). The movie is about Kiki, a witch in training, who moves away from home in order to train. She reaches a pretty big city where she meets people that help her throughout the movie and also sets up a delivery service. Kiki deals with the challenges of the delivery service, making friends and dealing with her magic. …
review by . May 18, 2003
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This is the cutest little story with unbelievable characters, and beauftiful art. I couldn't help but totally love Kiki, and when she was sad, I wanted to cry for her. Gigi, her black cat, is hilarious! Awesome side-kick!   I have just recently been introduced into Myazaki's animation, and I cannot wait to get more!!!! Perhaps the fact that she's a witch and she's so much more gifted and special, but still so very sweet makes her so captivating.  Beautiful story that will find …
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In Hayao Miyazaki's magicalKiki's Delivery Service, a 13-year-old girl meets the world head on as she spends her first year soloing as an apprentice witch. Kiki (Kirsten Dunst) is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a cat Jiji (a gently subdued Phil Hartman) 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. Miyazaki's gentle rhythm and meandering narrative capture the easy pulse of real life (even if his subject is a girl flying high upon a broomstick) and charts the everyday struggles and growing pains of his plucky heroine with sensitivity and understanding. Beautifully detailed animation and the rich designs of the picture-postcard seaside town of red-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets only add to the sense of wonder. This charming animated fantasy is a wholesome, life-affirming picture that doesn't speak down to kids or up to adults.--Sean Axmaker
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Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Release Date: July 29, 1989
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Hayao Miyazaki, Eiko Kadono
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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