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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Kiki's Delivery Service"

Families can talk about everything from growing up and pursuing your passions to what makes Kiki a strong role model.

Topics: Life Skills

Renowned Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki delivers a magical coming-of-age adventure with Kiki's Delivery Service. Featuring a sweet story and a generous, courageous main character, this anime classic appeals to viewers of all ages with its mystical yet relatable portrayal of what it means to grow up. Younger audiences especially will respond to how Kiki navigates both her peer interactions and the skies of her new city. With so many positive messages to choose from, there are plenty of things for families to talk about after watching this great movie.

Throughout the United States in 2017, Studio Ghibli is releasing several of its most popular kids' movies on the big screen. Type in your city or ZIP code here to find out whether Kiki's Delivery Service is showing at a theater near you. Then, after the movie, try some of these discussion questions to get started:

  • How does Kiki compare with other characters in animated movies? Is she a role model? How does she demonstrate courage, empathy, and humility?

  • How does Kiki stay true to her passions of flying and helping people? What are you passionate about? How can you use your strengths and hobbies to help others?

  • What are the movie's messages about growing up? Can kids relate to Kiki's loss of confidence? What helps her gain back her strength?

  • What makes a good family movie? What kinds of movies do kids and parents enjoy watching together?

  • Why do you think this movie is considered an anime classic? How is it different from the majority of Hollywood animated movies?

Frannie Ucciferri
Frannie Ucciferri is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in cognitive science and taught a class on "Arrested Development and Society." Her passion for reading and writing is paralleled only by her love of Bay Area sports, especially baseball. When she isn't playing with her dogs or trying out great new restaurants, you can probably find her watching Pixar movies, Parks and Rec, or one of her favorite girl power movies and TV shows.