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Published: [United States] : Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, , c1989.
Special features: special introduction by John Lasseter; voice talent featurette; complete storyboards, original Japanese trailers.
English language voices: Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Debbie Reynolds, Matthew Lawrence, Janeane Garofalo.
On her 13th birthday, a young witch named Kiki must fly away from home to a new city to find her niche in life. Accompanied by her chatty cat, Jiji, she starts a flying service and discovers lots of fun-filled escapades and meets plenty of new friends.
DVD, Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound, Region 1 encoding.
submitted by godzilla on August 11, 2013, 10:07 am
This was my sons first favorite movie. He could watch it over and over. I like that Kiki is a strong and independent girl. Very cute story and the voice dubbing is excellent. We usually prefer subtitles.
There is something about Japanese films that completely sets it apart from Western ones. The unique, wonderful, awe inspiring artwork and the calm and peaceful story lines. This is a must see for any Japanese film lovers!
Miyazaki has earned a lot of attention for his more recent works, but his earlier stuff is also excellent! This is a wonderful story about coming of age and growing up, with humor and melancholy alike. This has always been one of my very favorite anime, and is especially appropriate for younger audiences, or those not interested in violence etc. as it is entirely family-friendly.
This is not only a terrific film, it's just about the best movie imaginable to share with kids. Kiki is a witch, though her magical powers seem to be limited to being able to fly on a broomstick. She sets out alone to try to find a place for herself in a world where witches are rare, but not feared. Though she has plenty of spunk, she is often overwhelmed by shyness. The movie has no violence, and no villains. Repeatedly, things that seem frightening (the baker's husband, a big dog, some birds) turn out not to be so frightening when you get to know and understand them. Though Kiki is obviously wonderful, she struggles with self confidence, and her romance with a flight-obsessed boy is continually undermined by her self doubt. The story of how she finds her mojo is is inspiring, and funny and charming.
The story of Kiki is not so much that she's a witch, but that she's sent out into the world on her own to figure out who she is and what she wants from life. It's a fascinating and fun background, filled with beautiful scenery.