William Dishon’s review published on Letterboxd:
Scavenger Hunt #59
Task #23 - Watch A Studio Ghibli film
My thoughts: Like most Studio Ghibli films, Kiki's Delivery Service is a pleasantly delightful and feel good ride filled with an absolutely beautiful hand-drawn art style. The plot is very simple, basically just serving as a journey of Kiki's struggles finding her place in a community that accepts her for who she is, as she begins her firsts steps towards moving out of her parents home. What makes the film special is the imaginative and heartfelt way in which this plot is explored. It does have a few outdated gender dynamics, but they don't detract from the experience to much. It's a very accessible, feel good film that I can see myself coming back to countless times in the future.
Discussion question: How do you respond differently to animation than to other movies? - I find animation a more suitable medium for suspending audiences disbelief around the different construction of physics as well as fictional elements (eg. talking animals) as animation gives artists the ability to completely re-imagine the way the world functions in a way that bests suits the narrative they are trying to tell. Whenever I go into an animation film, I will often do so with the expectation that the world of the film will be re-imagined with these intentions, or else I don't really see the point of the story being told through this medium in the first place.