What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hayao Miyazaki's classic anime adventure is an ideal film for the entire family. Unlike some of his other movies that feature some potentially frightening characters or disturbing scenes, this film is a sweet coming-of-age adventure. Kiki, the 13-year-old protagonist, is a lovely role model. Yes, she's a witch, but she's a good one who doesn't manifest her magical powers in any way but flying. There's some mild flirting and a couple of close calls while Kiki's in the air, but otherwise this is a positive pick that could be a family classic.
- Families can talk about Kiki's character. How does she compare to other characters in animated movies? Do you think she's a role model?
- What foreign movies have you seen? How do foreign movies compare to those made in Hollywood?
- What makes a good family movie? What kinds of movies do kids and parents enjoy watching together?
- What kinds of messages about growing up does this movie send? Can kids relate to Kiki's loss of confidence? What helps her gain back her strength?