Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Poster
I was feeling blue, but I'm better now.

Japanese title: 魔女の宅急便 
(Majo no Takkyūbin)

Comments on Movie: Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
"Isn't about drama, it is about falling into the lives of these characters and enjoying every moment of your time with them." - Bill Thompson, Bill's Movie Emporium.

"You can really appreciate what Miyazaki was trying to achieve with this simple but beautiful tale." - Andy Webb, The Movie Scene.

"None of the adventures in this vignette-oriented tale truly deal with the supernatural. Substitute witch-in-training for any other coming-of-age tale and you'd have the same storyline." - Bill Gibron, PopMatters.

"In a striking departure from most children's films, Kiki faces no villainous figures and her only real obstacle comes from within herself." Aisha Tariq, The National. 

"It should be noted that whatever fans feel about these musical alterations, none of them were done without the permission of Studio Ghibli." - Jon Turner, Anime English Dub Reviews.

"Sweet but not bewitching for a witch fantasy film." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Drama Family Fantasy Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Trailer

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.

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.
Movie Review: Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Kiki and her black cat, Jiji.

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.

Kiki and Tombo.

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.

Kiki's Delivery Service.

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? :<

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

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.

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) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Movie Quotes
Typed these with my iphone.
  1. You mean tonight? That's not what you told me
  2. Yeah but the next full moon might be on a cloudy night and I want to leave on a perfect midnighta
  3. It is one of our oldest custom, when a witch turns 13 she has to leave home for a year to begin her training
  4. Your little baby is thirteen? My goodness, time flies so quickly
  5. I know... She seems so young to be leaving home now
  6. I remember very well the exact day she arrives in this town, a little girl flew down from the sky on her broomstick and I was certain she was much too young to hold such an important job
  7. Young people are the same, they always wanted to do something different
  8. Hurry up, we always said we leave on a perfect night, didn't we?
  9. Nah, our plan was stick around for another month and play it safe. I like that plan.
  10. Lilac would look pretty on me. Or white.
  11. Witches has worn this color for a very long time
  12. Oh mom, I look really, dumb.
  13. It doesn't really matter what the color of your dress is. What matters is the heart inside.
  14. Just follow your heart and keep smiling.
  15. Alright, its yours already.
  16. How come you never told me you are growing up so fast
  17. If things don't work out, you can always come home
  18. I love you, dad.
  19. That's why its good. You can rely on it time after time on any kind of weather.
  20. Oh great, now I am suddenly the flight attendant.
  21. Would you mind turning off the radio? I like to fly without being distracted.
  22. Could you tell me is it hard to settle into a brand new city?
  23. Oh yes, a lot can go wrong. But since my skills is fortune telling, I can handle anything.
  24. What's my skill?
  25. First, don't panic. Second, don't panic. And third, did I mention not to panic?
  26. Not if nobody finds us.
  27. Kiki, I get the feeling we are not alone.
  28. Wow this is the kind of place I always imagine
  29. The clock tower, I bet it can see the whole city from there.
  30. Too many, if you ask me. 
  31. But I am a witch, sir. We are supposed to fly around.
  32. Of course I am going to tell your parents. I have to do that for every minor. 
  33. Miss, I love flying too. Can I see your broom?
  34. Thank you for getting me out of trouble. But I shouldn't really be talking to you. You want to know why? It's very rude to talk to a girl before you have been introduced to them before you know her name. 
  35. You're kind of old fashion, aren't you? You sound like my grandmother.
  36. Stay here tonight? I am afraid I don't understand. Your parents are here with you, aren't they?
  37. I am coming to this town because I am a new witch in training
  38. Without this, the baby would wake up and cry all the way home.
  39. Thanks for delivering the pacifier. Your new delivery girl is quite special. 
  40. Depends on people. Now take me for instance. I just met you and I know I liked you. 
  41. This isn't dust on the floor, it is flour.
  42. If you wake up tomorrow and find a white cat, it's me.
  43. Jiji, I have decided not to leave this town. Maybe I can find someone like Osono who likes me and accepts me for who I am. 
  44. Can I help out?
  45. I only have one skill which is flying so I thought a delivery service wouldn't be a bad idea.
  46. Since I am expecting a baby, I'll make you a deal. If you mind the store once in a while, I will let you have the room and the phone. And, I'll throw in free breakfast, okay?
  47. I wish I had something pretty to wear, my dress is so ugly.
  48. That's a funny dog, he simply adores that stuffed cat, he won't leave it alone
  49. I bet he thinks it's a puppy.
  50. Jiji if nobody comes in I gonna have to eat pancakes forever and become fat!
  51. Please don't talk, I am trying to fly this broom!
  52. I cannot believe they are related.
  53. I am not mad at all, I just had a lot of things in my mind.
  54. Hey, you know you can't be late for every meal just because you have a girlfriend. 
  55. Meow~ why are you talking like a cat!
  56. If I lost my magic, it means I've lost absolutely everything. 
  57. He must be blind not to see two beautiful girls in front of him.
  58. Tell me, what kind of boys have these legs, mister.
  59. Painting and magical power seems very much the same, sometimes I am unable to paint a thing. 
  60. Without even thinking about it, I used to be able to fly. Now I am trying to look inside myself to find out how I did it. But I just can't find it out.
  61. Maybe you worked at it too hard, maybe you should take a break.
  62. Stop trying. Take long walks. Looking at sceneries. Doze off at noon. Don't even think about flying. And then, pretty soon, you'll be flying again.
  63. When I was your age, I have decided to become an artist. I love to paint so much, I paint all day until I fell asleep right at my easel.
  64. You see, I haven't figure out what and why I want to paint. I have to discover my own style.
  65. When you fly, you rely on what's inside you don't you?
  66. That same spirit is what makes me paint, and makes your friend bake. But we each day find our own inspiration, Kiki. Sometimes it's not easy. 
  67. You just have to wait for the right inspiration to come along.
  68. Darn this old thing, just when the good thing comes.
  69. It's a bird? No, it's a young girl!
  70. That broom she's using, it was mine, you know.


  1. She is so fast with delivery! Didn't believed that it was happening so fast.


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