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Kiki's Delivery Service [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Kirsten Dunst , Minami Takayama , Hayao Miyazaki    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi, Keiko Toda
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Eiko Kadono
  • Producers: Hayao Miyazaki, Eiko Tanaka, Jane Schonberger, Mikihiko Tsuzuki, Morihisa Takagi
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: ghibli
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2003
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM2O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,908 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE family entertainment 11 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
Family entertainment usually sends shivers down my spine. It means movies my kids will enjoy and I'll sit with a horrific grin waiting for it all to be over. Kiki is different, it's warm, beautifully animated and has a heart of gold. There are enough jokes to keep my young son laughing and a few moments of genuine depth that will moisten the eyes of even the most cynical adult viewer. If you have a young family, buy this DVD, I promise it will become a firm favourite and makes a delightful and most welcome break from shallow western animated offerings.
Thank you Kiki!
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
By kupocake VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Everyone has a soft-spot, and I figure mine is in my DVD collection. Films are supposed to cater for our needs, and when I need to curl up in front of something uplifting, I need to have a copy Kiki's Delivery Service to hand. The first time I watched it, I had to have cosmetic surgery to remove the huge grin the film had forced my mouth to adopt. Despite doctor's warnings I popped the DVD into a player this afternoon and spent my time grinning, gasping, cheering and everything else all-over again. Few movies really illicit an emotional response from me, but I would be even harder pressed to name movies that make me emotional out of sheer happiness.
Kiki's Delivery Service in a nutshell: a 13 year old witch leaves home and sets up a delivery service in a seaside town, and umm... delivers stuff. It's not an action-packed, high octane thriller, but it IS well paced and the delivery challenges Kiki faces - which were I to name them, may seem rather dull - are exciting. The whole "coming of age" scenario is easy to relate to (even retrospectively), and the whole wonder of discovery and independence that this film oozes is helped by the beautiful artwork of the film.
Negatives? Well it's a single DVD release with minimal special features - just the full-length storyboards which are of debateable appeal, though worth ducking into for a look sometime. The subtitles are a bone of contention here - only "English for the hearing impaired" is available, despite the box claiming there to be both plain and hard of hearing english subtitles. In fact, this is actually true - plain English subtitles exist on the DVD, but you can only have them if you're watching the storyboards! The subtitles are of debateable quality in translation terms.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not action packed but IT WORKS! 16 Sep 2003
By Junebug
Format:DVD
Kiki's Delivery Service isn't the first Miyazaki film i've seen but it's stuck as one of my favourites. It follows a young witch called Kiki who has a family tradition where she has to go away for a year (when she turns 13) and start her witches training and develop her skills.
But although Kiki finds the city she'd always imagined she'd live in the world has moved forwards and this new place is bigger and less friendly than her old hometown. Feeling out of place she eventually comes across Osono a woman kind enough to give her a chance and Kiki sets up a delivery service to earn her way.
It's a good lighthearted film that could have a few meanings if you looked at it in that way, it's about growing up basically and it's a message that you must persevere and always have belief in yourself.
The artwork is fabulous, the usual Studio Ghibli standard and the soundtrack can get catchy after you've watched this a few times. The bonus's aren't much but the second disk (if it's included in this package) has complete storyboards from the film playing as the film goes on (as in we have all the talking and background music but the images we see are the storyboard sketches).
It's a good harmless film for everyone, and everyone should see it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful film from Miyazaki 16 April 2006
Format:DVD
This is a lovely film about a young witch who has to go to a new town to make a name for herself. The depiction of the seaside town she ends up in is as fascinating as it is beautiful - it's in a Europe as seen through Japanese eyes. The animation is wonderful, with so many lovely little touches (in particular Jiji, Kiki's cat) and, unlike much of Miyazaki's work, the story focuses very much on the personal, rather than the epic and the mythical. It is also less dark than many Ghibli films, and is more clearly aimed at the younger end of the market. This is a sweet, tender and beautifully executed piece of anime which will appeal to all ages.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
One of the fortuitous results of "Spirited Away" ("Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi") winning the Oscar for Best Animated Film for the great anime director Hayao Miyazaki is that his other works are becoming readily available on DVD in the United States as well. A case in point is "Kiki's Delivery Service" ("Majo no takkyubin," literarlly "The Witch's Express Mail"), which tells the story of Kiki O'Connell (voice by Kirsten Dunst), a young witch who has turned 13 and has to go off on her own for a year of training, accompanied only by her black cat Gigi (voiced by Phil Hartman). "Training" is actually a misnomer, because what Kiki does is get on her broomstick, fly off towards the ocean and finds a beautiful European styled city that does not have a witch. Instead of serving some sort of formal apprenticeship to an older witch, Kiki has to survive on her own, and when she helps Osono (Tress MacNeille) return a pacifier to a customer who left I behind at the bakery, she stumbles upon a job that will help her earn her way.
What makes "Kiki's Delivery Service" work is that fact that everybody in the city accepts Kiki's presence. It has been years since the city had a witch, and the police think she has to obey the rules just like everybody else and not cause accidents flying around on her broomstick, but everybody accepts Kiki at face value and offers her encouragement and support. Included in this group would be Ursula (Janeane Garofalo), an artist living in the forest, Madame (Debbie Reynolds) and her housekeeper Bertha (Edie McClurg), a couple of old ladies who take a liking to the young witch, and especially Tombo (Matthew Lawrence), a young boy who would like to fly just like Kiki.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DvD - Can't beat classics
Great DvD - Can't beat classics. I would suggest getting Spirited Away too (if you have not already got it!)
Published 8 days ago by Simon M
5.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki's most heart-warming film
Kiki's Delivery Service is one of my favourite films by Miyazaki. With great and memorable characters, excellent animation, nice music, timeless messages and morals and effective... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Big hit with the little ones
Published 13 days ago by Mrs N L V Fife
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ghibli's finest.
A masterpiece of animation and quality storytelling.
Much like '...Totoro' when I watch this I enjoy it so much I don't want it to end. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mark Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film for all ages.
Great Studio Ghibli animation!
Delivery was as expected.
Published 28 days ago by miss c
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an update to Blu-ray from the family favourite DVD. Superb...
This was an update to Blu-ray from the family favourite DVD. Superb animation and a great feel good factor film
Published 1 month ago by DAVID W MACREADY
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely little film
What a lovely little film it has got a lovely storyline and very enjoyable to watch I will definitely watch it again.
Published 1 month ago by Freya Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My 3 and 5 yr olds love this.
Published 1 month ago by Avril W.
2.0 out of 5 stars Kiki's Delivery Service is a wonderful animation about a young witch...
Kiki's Delivery Service is a wonderful animation about a young witch who leaves home to find independence but this is a review, not for the actual film, but the product itself... Read more
Published 1 month ago by FireArrow91
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying High onto Blu-Ray
Kiki’s story is one that Studio Ghibli do well: warm and funny, with a lightness not evident in their more ‘worthy’ films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Kennard
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