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Kiki's Delivery Service(魔女の宅急便)

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Japan
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1989

Rated G · 1h 43m

Director Hayao Miyazaki
Starring Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi, Keiko Toda

Genre Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Family

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As a rite of passage Kiki, a young witch, must venture away from her home and live in an unfamiliar city where she can offer her magical services. Broomstick in hand, she figures that she can help this community by running her own delivery service and, along with her cat, goes on whimsical adventures full of friendship and self-discovery.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Elisia Lopez Profile picture for Elisia Lopez

A beautiful magical film not just about the adventures of a young witch but also her day to day life. It delivers gentle but powerful messages of self discovery, mental health, and self care.

Megan Rochlin Profile picture for Megan Rochlin

My absolute FAVORITE studio Ghibli film. Honestly, everything about this story is perfect. It lacks the stakes of some of studio Ghibli's other films, but that is what makes it so good! It's about a young witch who delivers baked goods, what's not to love? Kiki's delivery service is a lovely coming of age film with just the right amount of magic.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

80

IGN by

At its core, Kiki's Delivery Service is about the conflict between becoming your own, independent person and relying on the support and comfort of others. Not every child who watches it will get that message, but like so many other Miyazaki's films, it strikes a chord deep down. And that's not the kind of thing you ever grow out of.
75

Slant Magazine by Eric Henderson

Kiki presents a world of fantasy in such a genteel, unforced manner that it only seems ordinary and mundane. As such, it feels like a touchstone for all of Miyazaki’s later, even greater works of cartoon storytelling art.
91

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Kiki's slow pace and light-on-conflict plot may surprise kids used to American animation, but it's difficult not to be won over by the film's endearing characters and beautiful animation, as well as a storyline that stresses the values of independence and friendship.
80

Variety by Ken Eisner

Overall, thoroughly delightful tale is stronger on character and texture than on plot, with Miyazaki’s masterful use of quiet spaces and expansive moods (especially in flying segs) offering a fresh contrast to hyped-up Yank toons.
80

The Guardian by Steve Rose

This sunny 1989 fantasy by master animator Hayao Miyazaki broaches the issue of female sexuality more boldly than any Western children’s movie would dare.
100

Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

As a story about how hard it is to make your own way in the world, Kiki’s Delivery Service is truthful and scalpel-sharp. That it manages all this while remaining consistently funny, optimistic and exciting – even for little ones – is a mark of Miyazaki’s genius.

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