Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service


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In Hayao Miyazaki's magical Kiki's Delivery Service, a 13-year-old girl meets the world head on as she spends her first year soloing as an apprentice witch. Kiki


This video makes a great gift. I bought it for my niece, and she loved it. I bought it for her for two reasons. First, my own daughter and I enjoy this video. (My daughter is bilingual Japanese and English, so we have both versions of this and of Totoro to help her acquire the languages.) The second reason is more practical: I know my niece has a large number of videos, and I didn't want to get her something that anyone else might get her for Christmas, so Disney was out. I figured that Kiki's Delivery Service was my best bet. And it was.

(Kirsten Dunst) is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a cat Jiji (a gently subdued Phil Hartman) 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. Miyazaki's gentle rhythm and meandering narrative capture the easy pulse of real life (even if his subject is a girl flying high upon a broomstick) and charts the everyday struggles and growing pains of his plucky heroine with sensitivity and understanding. Beautifully detailed animation and the rich designs of the picture-postcard seaside town of red-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets only add to the sense of wonder. This charming animated fantasy is a wholesome, life-affirming picture that doesn't speak down to kids or up to adults. --Sean Axmaker

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