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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kirsten Dunst , Phil Hartman , Hayao Miyazaki  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo, Matthew Lawrence, Debbie Reynolds
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Original Story By Eiko Kadono, Screenplay By Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Unknown), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Disney Presents Studio Ghibli
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZTQVLG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kiki's Delivery Service" on IMDb

Special Features

  • World of Ghibli – An Extraordinary Interactive Experience
  • Enter the Lands – Meet the characters and hear the story of the movie
  • Behind the Studio – Discover the film’s inspiration through documentaries, including all-new interviews with Hayao Miyazaki
  • Storyboard Presentation of the Movie
  • Introduction by John Lasseter

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In Hayao Miyazaki's magical Kiki'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

Product Description

Discover KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, a fantastic coming-of-age tale full of magic, adventure and self-discovery from the sensational imagination of Academy Award(R)-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, SPIRITED AWAY). And now you can explore even more of Kiki's amazing world through never-before-seen bonus features -- exclusively in this 2-Disc Special Edition DVD! 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. Bring home KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE from Studio Ghibli and Disney for your family's DVD library and share Kiki's high-flying adventure again and again.

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239 of 252 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, uplifting, and yes, magical. January 16, 2003
Format:DVD
I used to believe that Anime was nothing but sex and violence -- stuff for grown-ups only. However, I take it back. And I owe it to this cute little gem called KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE that really turned me around for the better. It introduced me to arguably one of the greatest animators of all time, Hayao Miyazaki, who happens to be dubbed as the Walt Disney of Japan. Having since seen virtually ALL of his films, from CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO to SPIRITED AWAY, I can see why he is such a highly acclaimed artist -- his works (and I mean every one of them) are a stroke of genius.

KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE may have been my first real exposure to Miyazaki, but this happens to be the director's fifth film, which was the highest grossing movie of its year in Japan. Adapted from a children's book by Eiko Kadono (which is to be released in America as of this writing), the film is not a typical good-versus-evil conflicted, dysfunctional story but a gentle, character-driven story with endearing characters, beautiful artistry, and a strong, positive message about confidence and independence that are quite encouraging for all, from the youngest of children to the oldest at heart. (On a side note, it persuaded me to get some exercise! The "fat, fat, FAT!!!" line did it for me.)

The story is about 13-year old Kiki, an adorable witch-in-training, who, on one moonlit night, leaves her hometown to seek her independence and fortune. She's accompanied by her wisecracking and hilarious pet black cat, Jiji, and a little wobbly when it comes to takeoffs and landings while maneuvering her broomstick. Kiki arrives at a luxurious town with an ocean view where she eventually finds work at a bakery run by the generous Osono and her silent, gruff husband.
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiki Delivers February 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Face it: any kids' video you buy will be watched over and over, mostly in your presence. You want to choose carefully, since you will be spending so much quality time with this video. Kiki's Delivery Service won't disappoint you. This sweet, gentle movie is a coming-of-age story about Kiki, a 13-year-old witch-in-training. As part of said training, she is required to spend a year away from home practicing her craft. Her subsequent adventures are the subject of this endearing film by Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki. The animation is splendid, the casting mostly inspired (Kirsten Dunst, Janeane Garofalo, Debbie Reynolds, and even the late Phil Hartman as the voice of Kiki's companion cat). Unlike the standard Disney fare, this movie has no violence, no sex, no profanity, and not even a dysfunctional family.
The themes of Kiki's Delivery Service are noble ones. There are far worse ways to spend a few hours (or a few dozen) than watching a young girl make friends and gain self-confidence, especially one as appealing as Kiki. Buy yourself an extra copy of this video. When you wear the first one out watching it by yourself, you'll need the spare to placate the kids.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It's great that Americans are finally discovering the dazzling animation of Japanese genius Hayao Miyazaki (whose film "Spirited Away" won the award for Best Animated Film in 2003), and that Disney has started to release excellent DVD editions of his films with both Japanese and English language options. Miyazaki's 1989 film "Kiki's Delivery Service" ("Majo no takkyubin" in Japanese; literally "Witch's Express Mail") is his most easily accessible and the best place to start in watching his movies. "Kiki's Delivery Service" is an honest-to-goodness `family' film. Children will adore it, and adults will find themselves enchanted with its charm, delightful characters, and the sheer beauty of the animation. I once watched the film with a room of twenty and thirty year-olds, a few young children, and an 84 year-old woman, and everybody LOVED it and cheered the heroine on at the end. Simply put, there are few films out there that are as loveable and likable as this.
In terms of story, it's an odd film: there's not much in the way of `plot.' The film depends strongly on its heroine and the way she learns from the world and the people around her as she grows up. Kiki is a thirteen-year-old witch in training who leaves her home to start her required period of living on her own to discover her talents. Kiki and her cat sidekick Jiji jet out on her broom to a city (vaguely European, with traces of Paris, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam) and settle down at a friendly baker's shop, where Kiki establishes her own broom-powered delivery service (look out, Fed-Ex!).
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THIS MASTERPIECE November 17, 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
When this movie came out on video, I had heard that it was an animated classic from Japan. Since I had just recently gotten into anime, I decided to check it out. What I wound up seeing would turn out to be one of my favorite films of all time (and, believe me, that's no small order!)! The film is about a young witch-in-training (Kiki) who goes out into the world to learn her craft. Along the way, with the help of her trusty black cat (Jiji) and the many people she meets, Kiki learns that magic comes from the heart. The animation on this production is, in my opinion, simply the best there is, even compared to more modern, domestic releases. The English dub for this version (Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, et al.) is incredible. And, most important, the story is absolutely PERFECT for anyone; the child, the child-at-heart, the full grownup, you name it! Since I first saw this film, I've been recommending "Kiki's Delivery Service" to just about everyone I know; even my parents (I think Mom is leaning towards my side!). This is my first introduction to the works of Studio Ghibli and of director Hayao Miyazaki; more of their creations are supposed to be released in the future, including a theatrical release of "Princess Mononoke" next year. If you get the idea that I'm all set for these to come out, YOU'RE RIGHT! In the meantime, "Kiki's Delivery Service" is way, WAY Up There on my play list!
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Published 11 hours ago by Twila L Lindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars We wore out our last one and just replaced a ...
We wore out our last one and just replaced a classic that our grown children now watch with their children.
Published 4 days ago by kathy colby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great coming of age story.
Published 13 days ago by Amy M. Drayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Service was fast, but I hink the movie is too simple.
Published 18 days ago by Cristina Codina
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
This was a gift. I love this film!
Published 21 days ago by Andagi
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Kiki and Gigi!
Another favorite. I love the characters in this movie and the focus on aviation. The animation is captivating and imaginative.
Published 22 days ago by purplelinen
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
Are you kidding me! Who doesn't love this movie, I grew up with this movie, and so when the vhs player broke and I was thinking about it all the time, I had to get the DVD so I... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of a Young Witch.
This is One of Studio Ghibli Films.
My First was ToToRo.
If You have never Seen Films By Studio Ghibli then Your in for a treat.
Think of Grownup Cartoons. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mr MC Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh get this, get this now
This is just a marvelous edition of a true Miyazaki classic - it certainly is my favorite.

When a witch turns 13 years old, she is supposed to leave her home for a year... Read more
Published 27 days ago by BRYCE O PLATT
5.0 out of 5 stars KiKis Delivery Service
My grandaughter loved this DVD and although she had seen it before, she insisted that she wanted a copy to KEEP for ever.
Published 1 month ago by Chris
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Will This Be Released On Blu-Ray?
Not at the same time as this re-release... apparently it is not yet prepared for high-definition release, but Disney feels fit to double-dip on it. I won't bother with the re-release, I have the original DVD.
Jan 11, 2010 by Jr. |  See all 5 posts
Sound {audio} issue.
Yes, I noticed this problem as well. Really annoying. I'm going to contact Disney about it (via http://www.disneystudioshelp.com/Contact_Us.html).
Mar 6, 2010 by Andrew Watt |  See all 8 posts
Why so expensive?
This response may be a bit late the reason that is these are part of an official release there have never been any miyazaki box set all the ones out there are bootleg.
Feb 5, 2012 by Benjamin R. Fournier |  See all 3 posts
Subtitles or Dubtitles?
The same dubtitles that were on the previous Dvd. The dubtitles are based on the old streamline English dub.
Jan 19, 2012 by Mr. Yotsuya |  See all 2 posts
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Dubtitle issue solved in the Japanese and Hong Kong Blu Rays Be the first to reply
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