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
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:
CREATING KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE
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.
PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE: COLLABORATING
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.
BEHIND THE MICROPHONE
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.
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