Kiki's Delivery Service
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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.
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
- 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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This is one of my daughter's favorites as well, and I highly recommend it for just about any age. There are no scary monsters or mean people. Kiki, a 13-year-old witch, must leave home for a year to train on her own. So she does, with her cat Jiji, and after a bumpy start settles into a seaside town. It's a coming-of-age story with elements which most people can likely relate to -- feeling like an outsider; wondering what is special about you; wondering how you can make it in your world; feeling like you don't compare as well to other people.
Like many Ghibli stories, this is set in a recognizably modern world but without a lot of the tech trappings we have -- no computers, cell phones, etc. People simply interact with each other. Which is great to see.
As with most (if not all) Ghibli films, there's nothing to worry about. No expletives, no sexual content...totally family friendly.
ABOUT THE FILM:
The film's plot is rather basic...and true to fashion of a lot of Ghibli films, it is the journey and not the destination that matters. Basically, the young witch in training, Kiki, has finally hit the age of 13. As is custom and tradition for witches, they have to leave their homes and depart for various cities for the duration of a year to train in their craft. The whole film proceeds to capture Kiki's day to day activities in her new life as she makes friends, find ways to survive, and discover what it is she is good at. You see, unlike other witches, she has interests, but no specific plan. The film sounds pretty boring, but the character interactions are gold and what makes an otherwise boring premise work. You see her ups and downs and variations in emotions as she tries to make sense of the world.
Many themes are explored in the film, this is what struck me most. Though many reviewers have said it is a "believe in your heart" film...I found that to be rather inaccurate. Besides the one line where her Mom gives her parting advice to listen to her heart, this theme makes no other direct appearances. Rather, what I witnessed was what I call "The Artist's Journey". You see, an artist, whether they be a musician, craftsman, engineer...or witch, often start in their particular craft simply because they find great joy and expression in what they do. In striving to improve, many start to try to turn these artistic machinations into a job...after all, what's more enjoyable than being able to live off of what you love to do? However, many artists will eventually fall in to a rut...and then this is the fork in the road: will you let your art drop to the wayside...or will you dig deeper and find an enduring reason/purpose for your art. You see, doing something purely for enjoyment in of itself doesn't last a lifetime since enjoyment can easily fade. And it is these theme and idea that is largely explored through the experience of Kiki. One that I, as a musician, can appreciate and captivated me.
This is a 2 DVD set. The first DVD houses the movie as well as an introduction by John Lasseter. However, the 2nd DVD is the one stocked with tons of informative mini documentaries and interviews. It is divided into 2 basic sets of extras: the "Behind Studio Ghibli" set of mini-docs and the "Enter the Ghibli World" interactive activities extras. Personally, I loved the Studio Ghibli Mini-docs which covered a wide range of topics from the film scoring, to Miyazaki's planning, to even the English voice actor interviews. The "Ghibli World" set is cute, but I did not find them as valuable though it does have a wide variety of activities. Oh, and in addition to those two main sets, there's also the original Japanese storyboard which is displayed alongside the movie audio (in realtime) so you can witness the movie through another perspective.
All in All:
This is a solid film with a very valuable theme worth contemplating...particularly for the artistic folks. The character interactions make the film...but it can feel slow and not as captivating for some. Still, it's a masterwork and any animation enthusiast needs to see this film at least once in their lifetime.
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