Movie: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.


Okay, I mentioned in my last movie review of a Studio Ghibli film that The Cat Returns was going to be the next movie on my list, but then I was charmed by the idea of watching this movie instead xD

Kiki’s Delivery Service is a fun and sweet movie. The story itself is pretty straightforward, watching as Kiki moves away from home to train as a witch and sets out on an adventure she did not expect. She had her learning moments and instances that left me all “Nooooo” because I could foresee what was going to happen, but everything turns out well and there’s a lot of humourous moments in the film. She was lucky to meet many kind people along the way despite of the initial reception she received when she arrived to town. It was also great to watch as she learned and grew as a person over the course of the movie.

There are a lot of themes running rampant in this movie, from being true to yourself and discovering your own strengths to finding inspiration in what you do. Miyazaki’s movies seem to strike a chord with me one way or the other, and with this one the latter theme of finding the inspiration to do something or keep going was especially powerful IMO. All of the people that Kiki meets along the way taught her something along the way and contributed to her overall journey.

Kiki’s Delivery Service overall is another fantastic and wonderful film by Miyazaki. If I had any qualms about the movie, it’s that it ended rather abruptly; while the audience gets to see what happens in her life in the closing credits, I wanted to see (with some dialogue) whether Jiji spoke again, whether she made friends with Tombo’s friends (the snooty ones anyway; I think she would’ve made friends with the others), etc. But otherwise, I had a lot of fun with this movie, I recommend it if you’re looking for something light, fun, and delightful 🙂

Rating: ★★★★☆

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6 Responses to “Movie: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)”

  1. I need to buy this, as it is one of the few I do not own.

    Also, I can’t remember much about it.

    By the way, have you seen Miyasaki’s most resent and last film? Can’t remember the title now, but it is wonderful.

    • Haha, that’s me with Princess Mononoke; watched it two times now and I still don’t remember everything about it…but that’s okay, it makes re-watching all the better 🙂

      I haven’t seen his latest movie, The Wind Rises! I’m waiting for it on DVD (which will take forever, but that’s okay, we want to complete the collection anyway :)). Glad to hear that it was fantastic 😀

  2. I love Kiki’s Delivery Service! It is, as you say, a really sweet story–I’m so glad that Miyazaki regularly makes films that ultimately believe in the goodness of people. As for Jiji–I was dismayed to learn (on Wikipedia, haha!) that in the original version, he does not speak again. The English line implying that Kiki does begin to understand him again was added–then apparently cut from a later English release (which I hope never to see, lest my heart break!). The film does end rather abruptly, but then I feel that way about many Studio Ghibli films–you just have to keep hoping for the extra bits in the credits!

    • Aww about Jiji! That’s so sad; and yet my brother and I think that maybe he doesn’t speak again because Kiki doesn’t need him that way anymore, that she grew up. But still, that’s so sad…

      lol it’s funny because yesterday I watched Castle in the Sky and I actually stuck around the credits just to see if there were any extra bits (it was pretty, but alas, no extra bits of character detail) 😉

      • Actually, that’s what the article says–that Kiki can’t hear Jiji anymore because she’s grown up. But I don’t see why grown people can’t talk to their cats. 🙁

        I know! Once I learned that some of the movies have the extras in the credits, I’ve been making sure I watch them. It’s so sad when I realize that, no, there’s nothing on this movie!

        • Actually, that’s what the article says–that Kiki can’t hear Jiji anymore because she’s grown up. But I don’t see why grown people can’t talk to their cats.

          D= Aww

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