The Top 100 Inspirational Movies: 40 - 21
36 - Kiki's Delivery Service
It can be difficult to fit in when you're different. Such is the case with Kiki, a young witch who chooses a city (that's what all witches do... they choose a city and make it their home) that is not immediately hospitable to her. Kiki was expecting to be welcomed with open arms, not be ridiculed by unkind children and berated by police officers for "unauthorized flying." Her gift is her flying, so she starts up a delivery service. At first successful, she's ultimately worn down into a dark depression by the cynicism and meanness of those around her. Only when an out-of-control zeppelin places one of her friends in danger does she find the courage to be who she really is and not who others think she should be. "Be yourself" seems like such a cliched sentiment, but it is an invaluable one that Kiki's Delivery Service delivers with real heart.
~ Evan Derrick