Kiki’s Delivery Service
Genre: Fantasy/Slice of Life
Creator/Studio: Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli
Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Suggested Age: any
Summary: Kiki is a witch who has just turned 13, which means she must now embark on her own in order to continue her training. She eventually lands in a small town where a baker lets her stay at her house and tells her she should set up a delivery service. The movie was based on the novel by Eiko Kadono.
Review: This was the first Miyazaki movie I ever watched and it still has a place in my heart. I love how industrious Kiki is and she captures your heart almost instantly. The movie, like every Studio Ghibli movie, is very beautiful, and I’d recommend this movie to anyone who wants a quiet, relaxing movie. People of all ages will most likely enjoy it.
Music/Score While the original music is fine, I want to point out that the dub has original songs. I feel these songs really capture the spirit of the movie and I really like them, especially the opening song, “Soaring”.
Since I also like the ending song, here’s a link to it as well:
Sub/Dub: The dub is great, mostly because Phil Hartman steals the show as Jiji.
Religious themes: (1/10) Although Kiki is a witch, she does not use incantations in order to fly. Instead she uses her spirit and emotions. The story really feels like a fairy tale, so if you like those, this shouldn’t bother you.
Favorite Quote: “Okay, first of all, don’t panic! Second, don’t panic! And third, did I mention don’t panic?”–Jiji, as Kiki attempts to land inside a train car.
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