Kiki’s Delivery Service – Another Miyazaki Classic!

Kiki\'s Delivery Service PosterHi all…

This is another of Hayao Miyazaki‘s great works of animated storytelling. If you haven’t seen any of Miyazaki’s works, they include Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and many others. He’s an amazing Japanese director who’s style and storytelling prowess seems to transcend language, because they’re magical in English too.

[rating:4/4]

Kiki’s Delivery Service is the story of a young witch (Kiki) leaving home for a year to continue her training. She ends up in a large city and has a number of adventures as she learns about herself and meets some new friends along the way.

Here‘s the IMDB link.

Kiki and Jiji from Kiki\'s Delivery Service

This movie was done in the late 80s in Japan and then dubbed over with American actors here in 1998, including:

* Kirsten Dunst as Kiki
* Phil Hartman as Jiji (his last voice-acting performance before his death)
* Janeane Garofalo as Ursula
* Debbie Reynolds as Madame Oku-sama

This is a great movie for kids — it has thrills as well as kind lessons learned, unlike many of today’s animated films.

Be sure to check it out — we as a family gave it a solid 3/4 (we liked Spirited Away much better — I’d give that 4/4 if I was reviewing it today). Soon we’ll be watching My Neighbor Totoro, which is another of Miyazaki’s great works!

–Fitz

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Comments

  1. I really enjoy this film. Jiji the cat is great. I watched it a long time ago in Japanese and hard to get the voices out of my head. When I heard the english voices when they brought out here I though “hey that is not jiji” =). It is fun to watch those movies in japanese with subtitles just to hear the original voices.

    That goes for totoro too!

    There is a new one out in Japan right now called (Gake no ue no Ponyo :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponyo_on_the_Cliff_by_the_Sea). Story: The story revolves around a five-year old boy, Sosuke, and the Princess goldfish, Ponyo, who wants to become human it looks interesting as always.

  2. I’m sure that’s true. That’s the benefit of speaking Japanese. 🙂

    I have Totoro sitting here to watch. The girls enjoyed it.

    Is that one another Miyazaki? I’m sure we’ll see it over here in a couple of years.

    –Fitz

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  3. Berserk… Have to check it out. Thanks!

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  4. Yes, the new one (Gake no ue no Ponyo) is a Miyazaki film. I just came out in Japan so maybe next year sometime.

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