Kiki's Delivery Service

Synopsis: This is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji 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.
 
IMDB:
7.9
Metacritic:
83
G
Year:
1989
103 min
3,606 Views


But, first, here's the weather forecast.

Skies are clearing up,

thanks to a high-pressure front

moving in from the mountains.

Mild winds will be

blowing in from the west,

pushing the clouds out by this evening.

There'll be a beautiful full moon

lighting up the sky,

so if you have been planning

something special,

tonight might be the night.

Tomorrow also looks good

with clear skies and sun.

Jiji, wake up. Tonight's the night.

Hey, Mom.

Hi, Miss Dora.

Hey, Mom, it's gonna be clear tonight.

And guess what?

The radio says there'll be a full moon.

Did you borrow your father's radio

again without asking?

Don't worry. He doesn't mind.

Please excuse me, Miss Dora.

Mom, it's a perfect midnight

for me to leave home.

You mean tonight?

Next month is what you told me.

Yeah. But the next full moon

might be on a cloudy night.

And I want to leave

on the perfect midnight.

Huh? But, Kiki... Wait.

My, oh, my. What's this all about?

It's one of our oldest customs

that when a witch turns 13,

she has to leave home for a year

to begin her training.

Your little baby is 13?

My goodness, but time flies so quickly.

I know. She seems so young

to be leaving home now.

I remember very well

the exact day you arrived in this town.

A little girl flew down from the sky

on her broomstick.

And I was certain she was much

too young to hold such an important job

as resident witch.

Yes, but I could fly.

Kiki barely knows how to do that.

And I have had no time

to teach her how to mix potions like me.

Hmm. Young people are all the same.

They all want to do something different.

But I hope you at least get to teach her

the potion that cures my rheumatism.

Hurry up! We always said we'd leave

on the perfect night. Didn't we?

Uh-uh. Our plan was that we would

stick around for another month

and play it safe. I like that plan.

And if we put it off for a month,

and I find some wonderful boyfriend,

then what'll we do?

Come on, Jiji.

I'm gonna put my paws together

and pray you're not serious.

Of course I am.

You know, ever since I turned 13,

I've been excited about making this trip.

There. Dad.

Dad. Guess what?

I've decided to leave tonight.

- You're going away?

- Yeah. There's a full moon.

Well, yeah, but what happened

to the camping trip

we were supposed to take

this weekend?

Sorry, Dad.

Uh! Kiki, Wait.

Yeah, I'll expect you then. Thanks.

Hi, Mom, it's me. I wanted to make sure

you knew that Kiki is leaving tonight.

Yes, midnight.

Very pretty.

Lilac would look prettier on me,

or white.

Witches have worn this color

for a very long time, Kiki.

Oh, Mom. I look really dumb.

It's not really important

what color your dress is.

What matters is the heart inside.

Well, I'm gonna be

the very best witch that I can be, Mom.

And I know having a good heart

is important.

Just follow your heart and keep smiling.

Yeah.

And be sure to write home

as soon as you're settled.

Okay.

Dad. Oh, can I please take the radio?

Mom, didn't you say

I could have the radio?

Yay!

- All right. It's yours already.

- Thank you.

Well, now, you certainly look

very grown-up, my little princess.

Ta-da!

You look just like your mother

when she was young.

I'm glad about that.

Dad, can you lift me up high,

like when I was little?

Well...

I don't know.

Here we go!

How come you never told me

you were growing up so fast?

If things don't work out,

you can always come home.

And come back a failure?

Will you write us

if you have the time?

Mmm-hmm.

After all, she is a baby.

Aren't you worried about Kiki

living in a big city all alone?

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Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest animation directors. Born in Bunkyō Ward of Tokyo, Miyazaki expressed interest in manga and animation from an early age, and he joined Toei Animation in 1963. During his early years at Toei Animation he worked as an in-between artist and later collaborated with director Isao Takahata. Notable films to which Miyazaki contributed at Toei include Doggie March and Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon. He provided key animation to other films at Toei, such as Puss in Boots and Animal Treasure Island, before moving to A-Pro in 1971, where he co-directed Lupin the Third Part I alongside Takahata. After moving to Zuiyō Eizō (later known as Nippon Animation) in 1973, Miyazaki worked as an animator on World Masterpiece Theater, and directed the television series Future Boy Conan. He joined Telecom Animation Film/Tokyo Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first feature films, The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979 and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, as well as the television series Sherlock Hound. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985. He directed multiple films with Ghibli, including Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989, and Porco Rosso in 1992. The films were met with commercial and critical success in Japan. Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke was the first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, and briefly became the highest-grossing film in Japan following its release in 1997; its distribution to the Western world greatly increased Ghibli's popularity and influence outside Japan. His 2001 film Spirited Away became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards and considered among the greatest films of the decade. Miyazaki's later films—Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises—also enjoyed critical and commercial success. Following the release of The Wind Rises, Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature films, though he returned to work on a new feature film in 2016. Miyazaki's works are characterized by the recurrence of themes such as humanity's relationship with nature and technology, the wholesomeness of natural and traditional patterns of living, the importance of art and craftsmanship, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic in a violent world. The protagonists of his films are often strong girls or young women, and several of his films present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities. Miyazaki's works have been highly praised and awarded; he was named a Person of Cultural Merit for outstanding cultural contributions in November 2012, and received the Academy Honorary Award for his impact on animation and cinema in November 2014. In 2002, American film critic Roger Ebert suggested that Miyazaki may be the best animation filmmaker in history, praising the depth and artistry of his films. more…

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