Kiki's Delivery Service

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Pretty much all of Hayao Miyazaki's films are dull, but this one is quite possibly the dullest.

Pretty much all of Hayao Miyazaki's films are dull, but this one is quite possibly the dullest. Frankly, I'm not really into animation as art. If Miyazaki wants to be an artist, he should paint, or do any one of a number of activities where he's kept away from the general public. As far as I can tell, Miyazaki makes animated films, about kids, for adults. Either that or all Japanese children are retarded.

"Kiki's Delivery Service" is about a young witch named Kiki (voiced by Kirsten Dunst) who leaves home to venture into the world and become a full-fledged witch. She has a broom and her cat, Jiji (Phil Hartman). She happens upon a town and takes up residence in a bakery's attic where she starts delivering stuff to people.

Okay, as far as I can figure, the film is supposed to be about this young girl finding herself, gaining confidence, and being the best witch she can be. She meets a boy named Tombo (Matthew Lawrence), but doesn't take a shine to him until she develops that confidence in herself. Of course, Tombo takes an immediate liking to Kiki because he wants to nail her, which is all wrapped up in the symbolism of flying, don't you know.

DVD Comments: This two-disc set includes a very stupid introduction by John Lasseter and a brief, behind-the-scenes thing showing Kirsten Dunst and Phil Hartman doing the voices. You can also watch the entire film through the original storyboards. Why anybody would actually want to do this, I have no idea.

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