As of late I’ve been watching a lot of movies by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. While the last films I’ve seen like Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle are fairly grim, Kiki’s Delivery Service is much more light-hearted. Practically no violence, and not even a real antagonist. Might sound a little lame, but if you liked Ponyo then you’ll like this film.
The film is about a young girl named Kiki, who just happens to be born a witch. Apparently all witches have to grow up and find a new town to settle in. So Kiki goes a tad early (against her parent’s best wishes), and settles in a very Stockholm-like city.
Even though Kiki can use magic, it’s nothing close to Harry Potter. The only magicial things Kiki performs is riding on a broom, and talking to her cat Jiji. However she uses her broom-riding abilities as a way to start a delivery service which takes off quite well. The movie’s main theme is about friendship and growing-up, rather than mystical powers.
I would say this is probably my least favorite of Hayao Miyazaki’s films so far (haven’t seen them all) though I still enjoyed the movie a lot. It’s charming and has a pleasant tale that almost anyone can enjoy. Disney produced the dub, so the English voice-actors are top quality (including the late Phil Hartman), but you can also watch the movie in its original Japanese form. A great movie for kids, and a safe choice for a Miyazaki fan.