Kiki’s Delivery Service
Animation / Japan / 1989 / 1h42 / French Version
Original Title : Majo no takkyubin
Production : Nibariki, Nippon Television Network, Studio Ghibli et Tokuma Shoten
Distribution : Walt Disney Company
Script : Hayao Miyazaki
Animation : Shigeo Sugimura
Artistic Direction : Hiroshi Ohno
Editing : Takeshi Seyama
Music : Joe Hisaishi
At the age of 13, a witch-to-be must move to a new town for a year in order to train as a witch. Young and mischievous Kiki will live this experience alongside Osono, a nice baker who offers her a job as a delivery girl.
Hayao Miyazaki was born in 1941 in Tokyo. He and his family fled the city during the bombing of the US military. This experience affected him deeply. While studying economics, he drew and was soon noticed by the animation studio Tôei. He made his debut there in 1963 and met two renowned animators, Otsuka and Takahata. The three men worked on Takahata’s first feature film, The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun (1968). Miyazaki directed several shorts and then the series Heidi (1974) with Takahata. In 1978, Miyazaki made his debut as a director with the series Conan, Son of the future, and released his first feature, The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). Both were critically acclaimed. Thanks to the success of the adaptation of his manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Miyazaki and Takahata were able to found Studio Ghibli. This was followed by Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Porco Rosso (1992), Princess Mononoké (1997) and Spirited Away, which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2002. While inaugurating the Ghibli Museum, Miyazaki continued his career with Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), then Ponyo (2008). He announced his retirement in 2013 and released his last film, The Wind Rises.
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