Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

A charming story of a young witch, notable for not being an adventure or mystery or anything of the like, but instead a lowkey slice of life.

More interested in following the titular Kiki’s slow maturation than delving into any arcane theatrics, it’s low on drama but high on likability, especially with its gorgeously animated Stockholm-esque coastal city so well rendered.

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Animals are an important part of the film (of course), some moments like a brief airborne communion with geese particularly charming, or Kiki’s relationship with her cat Jiji changing as they both – as close as they are – find themselves growing into worlds with more of other people and less of each other. It’s a delightful experience, and the way it dives so deep into its characters instead of doing anything more expected or dramatic with its magical setting is executed very well. Three and a half geese, and a broomstick.

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