Kiki’s Delivery Service

KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE plays as part of the Art Theater’s Smart Kids 2018 series. Admission is FREE & open to All!

G, 102 minutes


Hayao Miyazaki’s enchanting and inspiring KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE — a 1989 Studio Ghibli production that continues to captivate children and adults alike — is the first title of the 2018 Smart Kids International Children’s Film Series. The screening will be preceded by THE DOUBLE MACHINE (Written by D.J. Wang, Directed by Andrew Gleason & Chris Lukeman), a Pens to Lens short film.

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world. (1989, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, in English (dubbed), 102 mins, G, DCP)


“It’s a sweet, small story that deals comfortably in big emotions when required, whilst also taking time to speculate on the nature of art and the difficulties of navigating adolescence. One of the greatest triumphs of Miyazaki’s movie, however, is how well-defined each of its characters truly are.” — David Sugarcane, CineVue

“Kiki’s slow pace and light-on-conflict plot may surprise kids used to American animation, 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.” — Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club

“Much of Kiki’s charm comes from Miyazaki’s understated approach to the material. Instead of grabbing the viewer by the lapels and insisting everyone’s having a great time, Miyazaki leads the audience into the story with unobtrusive grace.” — Charles Solomon, IndieWire


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