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KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (2-Disc Special Edition)
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS:  105 minutes, John Lasseter intro, Behind The Studio featurettes, Enter The Lands interactive experience, original Japanese trailers, storyboard version of film
VIDEO:  1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English5.1 , French 2.0 , Spanish 5.1, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  English SDH, French
STUDIO:  Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment/ Studio Ghibli
RELEASE DATE:  3-2-2010

Kiki is a 13 year old witch in training.  She decides to take her journey away from home like all witches who must train away from home for a year.   Kiki comes across the Oceanside town of Koriko and some of the people don’t take to her.  She is taken in by a pregnant baker and begins her delivery service.   Her only companion is her black cat Jiji who complains all the time.   All Kiki needs to do is believe in herself and discover her future.


KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE is a charming film.   It was the first film to touch all ages in Japan, the first hit of Studio Ghibli.    Loveable characters populate the film in a town based on several towns in Sweden.  Kiki is the difficult and yet fascinating teenager while her cat is complaining coward who sticks at her side.   The film is about finding the will to believe in yourself and take chances.



The only extra on disc one are previews for other Disney releases and an introduction by John Lasseter.


BEHIND THE STUDIO has several featurettes on the film:


KIKI & JIJI- Miyazaki based Kiki on the daughter of one of the film’s producers.

FLYING WITH KIKI & BEYOND- They sketched out how Kiki would fly in the film and Miyazaki talks about the end credits sequence which is kinda of like a mini-sequel.


THE LOCATIONS OF KIKI- an excerpt from a documentary as visits are made to locations in Stockholm and Visby, Sweden to show what Koriko was modeled on.




ENTER THE LANDS gives some info on the various worlds of Studio Ghibli films, but it is only limited to info in the current Studio Ghibli films released as special editions for March 2.   A whole storyboard version of the film is also on disc two.   The only extra on disc one are previews for other Disney releases and an introduction by John Lasseter.


FINAL ANALYSIS:  KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE is a fun and charming film.   You’ll be swept up by the charming characters.


This DVD review is (c)3-1-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com