Trivia / Kiki's Delivery Service

  • Creator In-Joke: Kiki almost gets hit by a bus with 'Studio Ghibli' on the side of it. Other buses bearing the name can be seen when she's questioned by the police.
  • The Danza: Kirsten Dunst provides the English voice of Kiki, which is her nickname in real life.
  • Dawson Casting: Kiki was voiced by 31-year-old Lisa Michelson in the Streamline version. Oddly, her voice sounds identical to 16-year-old Kirsten Dunst, who played Kiki in the Disney version.
  • Dueling Dubs: Kiki has two dubs each in English (Streamline and Disney), Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese (Disney and Discovery Kids), European Spanish, and Italian.
  • Executive Meddling: Kiki drinks coffee in the Japanese version, but it's changed to hot chocolate in the English dub. This is because Disney were worried that Moral Guardians would complain about a child drinking coffee.
  • In Memoriam: A dedication to Phil Hartman, the voice of Jiji the cat, appears after the credits; Jiji was Hartman's final original role as a voice actor before his murder in 1998.
  • Talking To Herself: Kiki and Ursula are both voiced by Minami Takayama in the Japanese version. Averted in the various dubs of the film, where Kiki and Ursula are voiced by separate actors.
  • What Could Have Been: Hayao Miyazaki was originally only going to produce the film, with Sunao Katabuchi directing. The original script writer dropped out and Miyazaki re-wrote the script himself, taking on reigns as director. Katabuchi remained on as assistant director.
  • Word of God: Hayao Miyazaki says that the town in the film has one side on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and another on the Baltic Sea.