Happy 25th Anniversary to "Kiki's Delivery Service!"

Film opened in Japan on July 29th, 1989

The occasion seems to have passed largely unmarked upon in Japan, but 25 years ago today, Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's beloved adaptation of Eiko Kadono's Kiki's Delivery Service debuted in theaters.


via GhibliWiki

  • Majo no Takkyubin
    (Literally "Witch's Express Delivery")
  • Other Titles:
    Kiki's Delivery Service (English title of Japanese version & Buena Vista English Version)
    Nicky, La Aprendiz de Bruja (Buena Vista Spanish version)
  • Running Time: 102min 46sec (J); ~103min (E)
  • Production Budget: ¥800 million (initial plan)
  • Production Period: April 1, 1988 - July 17, 1989 (J)
  • Number of Cels Used: 67,317
  • Number of Colors Used: 462
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Vista size)
  • Sound: Dolby Stereo (J); Dolby Digital (E)


  • Version: Japanese dialogue
  • Opening Date: July 29, 1989
  • Opening Screens: 138
  • Showing Period: 77 days
  • Admissions: 2,640,619
  • Film Rental: ¥2.17 billion


  • Best Animated Film; 44th Mainichi Film Competition
  • Best Japanese Film of the Year, Voted by Readers; Kinema Junpo
  • Special Award; Japan Academy Award
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Cultural Honor
  • 7th Annual Money Making Director's Award
  • Gold, Japanese Film; 7th Annual Golden Gross Award
  • Special Achievement Award; The Movie's Day
  • Special Award: The Erandole Award
  • Best Film and Best Director; Japan Cinema Association Award
  • Excellent Movie; Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs(a government agency under the Ministry of Education)
  • Best Anime; 12th Annual Anime Grand Prix



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