Celebrating Beauty: Day 4 – Kiki’s Delivery Service

Inspired by TheOriginalPhoenixThimblerig’s Ark, and Sunshine Lou, every day until Christmas, I’m going to write about one example of beauty that I have found, in order to counter the darkness that I see when I turn on the news.

Day 4, I am celebrating:

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989).

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The story of a 13-year-old witch who, following tradition, leaves home for a year to go out into the world and find her calling in life, Kiki’s Delivery Service is a film that never fails to make me smile.

This isn’t a review.

This is a rave.

I can’t think of anything I dislike about this film.

From the plot, the characters, the setting, the animation, the soundtrack — it’s all excellent. (I watch the film in Japanese with English subtitles.)

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If you’re an artist of any kind — a baker, a painter, a writer. etc. — than watch this film. The characters will have you going “I know exactly how you feel.”

Even if you’re not an artist, Kiki’s Delivery Service is still a film that will have you doing this throughout it:

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Kiki’s Delivery Service doesn’t shy away from the more unpleasant realities of life.

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But: The film refuses to settle for horrors. It refuses to throw up its hands go “Why?! Oh the humanity!”

If the 24-hour news cycle is a poison, Kiki is a cure.

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Question:

What film always puts you in a good mood?

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