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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)



Critic Consensus: Kiki's Delivery Service is a heartwarming, gorgeously-rendered tale of a young witch discovering her place in the world.

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Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict "no witches" policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief-making. She's saved from the street by a kindly baker's wife, who offers her room and board in exchange for her delivering by broom the baker's wares. Soon she befriends a college-aged artist, an old women who fusses over her, and a boy her same age who is nursing a massive crush. All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can't make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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Kath Soucie
as Kiki's Mother
Jeff Bennett
as Kiki's Father
Debi Derryberry
as Senior Witch
Corey Burton
as Radio Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Kiki's Delivery Service

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

Miyazaki conjures a pubescent fable out of whole cloth that both kids and adults will enjoy immensely, and with the late Phil Hartman on board as Kiki's wiseacre feline familiar, there's many more comic moments than in the director's later work.

June 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Even by Hayao Miyazaki's elevated standard, Kiki's Delivery Service is a singularly charming film.

June 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Kiki's slow pace and light-on-conflict plot may surprise kids... but it's difficult not to be won over by the film's endearing characters and beautiful animation, as well as a storyline that stresses the values of independence and friendship.

June 11, 2020 | Full Review…
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The film becomes a benign guided tour of femininity ... gently broaching universal coming-of-age issues such as independence, insecurity, and even - more boldly than any Western children's movie would contemplate - sexuality.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Miyazaki's giddy, glorious seaside story about a budding young witch and her sarcastic cat.

May 24, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A terrific alternative to the diabetic's nightmare that is most of Disney's output, Kiki's Delivery Service takes pride of place in Miyazaki's exceptional body of work.

November 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kiki's Delivery Service

An average Miyazaki film that doesn't develop so well its many elements into a cohesive narrative as it should - like for example the character's sudden loss of power and her inability to make friends. The result is amusing, even if not that satisfying.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


even in the fantastical miyazaki gives us a realistic female character, something more true to life and down to earth than the princesses we normally get from animation with female leads. this film is a bit more reductionist than some of his better known films, and it moves a bit more slowly, but the story plays out as a bit of an allegory to the experience many of us have when looking at real life for the first time. the conversation between kiki and the girl at the cabin in the woods towards the end is something that just about all people can relate to, and it puts this film and life in general in genuine perspective. not as provocative as some of miyazaki's best films, but still good.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer


The first film by Hayao Miyazaki that I saw. It's still his most purely enjoyable film and features one of his best heroines.

Michael S
Michael S

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