Kiki's Delivery Service
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Rarely does a film touch so many hearts or reach such artistic heights as the highly acclaimed KIKI'S DELIVERY SERIVCE, the magical adventure of an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her chatty 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. Here begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility as she finds her place in the world. The breathtaking animation of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and the star voice talents of Kirsten Dunst (KiKi), Phil Hartman (Jiji), Matthew Lawrence (Tombo), and more make KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE soar with an energy, excitement, and the kind of imagination that entertains again and again!
- Introduction by John Lasseter
- Behind The Microphone - voice talent featurette
- Original Japanese trailers
- Complete Japanese storyboards
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KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE is the story of a 13-year old witch-in-training (voiced by Kirsten Dunst), who, in the tradition of her people, must leave home for a year, and make her own way in the world. She must find a new city and provide it a service. Her mother, whose talent is potion making, serves her city as a sort of cross between a pharmacist and a doctor. Kiki leaves her family at midnight on a beautiful, warm night with just her broom, her cat Jiji (voiced by Phil Hartman), and father's transistor radio. Once Kiki finds the perfect city, she settles right in to help. Since she has no special gift other than flying by use of her broom, she naturally sets up a delivery service, delivering packages and messages all over town.
Kiki learns about many things over the course of the year: responsibility, how to support herself, trust, belief in herself, loyalty, friendship, and even a first crush. She slowly finds her own way, learning and growing as she goes. By the end she is stronger, more sure of herself, and settled in her new community. She has made a life, through learning life's lessons.
Myazaki's animation is, as always, simply delightful. The rich textures and delicate details bring his characters to life. It is the little nuances that draw you in: the way the wind tousles Kiki's hair, the expressions on Jiji's face, the depth of the background scenery. The pallet is soft and lovely. The entire film is quite gorgeous.
As I said earlier, my entire family is enthralled by Kiki's coming of age story; none more so than my youngest daughter. For Halloween last year (2007), she wanted to be a witch. I asked her if she wanted to be a witch like the one in the Little Einsteins' Hansel and Gretel episode or one like Kiki. "I want to be Kiki, Mommy! I want to be Kiki!!!" She was very definite on that point. So she had a black dress, red shoes, a red hair bow, a small broom, and a stuffed Jiji (ordered from Japan!). She was so excited and so cute. I think the impression that KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE made on a then 2 year old speaks volumes. This quiet, simple story of learning to be happy with and to trust in yourself is timeless and appeals to all ages and generations.
When our daughter was small we watched this movie on VHS over and over again. We know it forward and back. This movie became our daughter's favorite film ever. When the VHS gave out and the movie had broken we began a search for the DVD replacement. We found this. Bought it and waited till Christmas to give it to her.
It was the biggest smile of the day when she opened this gift.
BUT it was also the biggest let down of the day when she watched it.
I cannot stress it strongly enough that a film like this should not be tampered with. But they did, now I am stuck with a DVD she hates and a movie that is not the original. It said the movie was the original. But that was a lie.
Don't buy this if you know the original and expect it to be the same.
We are not happy.
For starters, Disney is IMPORTING this movie. They want to show America Hayao Miyazaki's movies, which is a great thing for us over here in the US. Why then do they feel like they deserve to edit the movie as if it's their own? It's not, it's Miyazaki's.
They didn't bring Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon over here for instance and then put some Fatboy Slim music in it. They left it as is, and just subtitled it, which is the correct and respectful way to do it. If they wanted to redub the music in English, I can see that, but they didn't. They completely tossed out a song that is far more fun and enjoyable than the painfully generic K-mart-pop that's inserted in its place. The original Japanese intro music, (which is still on the disc if you switch language tracks thankfully) is a fun 50's-era bopping tune, as the movie has a 50's era look and feel to it. But Disney put in some boring contemporary soft rock that would make Barry Manilow proud. I've played both audio tracks for my 2 and a half year old several times and I say to him "Do you want Kiki English or Kiki Japanese?" and he always replays back "Kiki jampanee."
Secondly, Kirsten Dunst does a fine job as Kiki, and Matthew Lawrence is a good fit as Tombo, but it is truly Phil Hartman who steals the stage, in a bad way. I LOVE Phil Hartman, I think he was one of the funniest guys of his time, but he was the wrong pick for Jiji #1, and is way to sarcastic and abrasive #2. Jiji is Kiki's companion and friend, not some b!tchy side-kick, which is what he's been reduced to in the Disney film.
What I would suggest to everyone is to really SEE, FEEL, and HEAR the film the way it was intended to be. Turn on the subtitles and switch the language track to Japanese. The film is easily a 5-Star Kiki when watched that way. It's a shame that Disney can't just leave well enough alone and just dub and release the movie faithfully. Not everything needs an "All-Star CAST!!!"
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It's perfect for a family night with younger audiences.