In both American and Japanese society, most people move out of the family home around the time they are 18 or 19 years old (Yi, Coale, Choe, Zhiwu and Li, 1994). At the end of the story, in the original Japanese script, Jiji loses his ability to communicate with Kiki permanently, but in the American version, a line, “Kiki, can you hear me?” is added, which implies he is able to communicate again. Therefore, this alteration distorts not only the characterization of the original Jiji, but also the narrative depth of the main theme of the original story. Indeed, Kiki feels more responsible for her work in the original. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Presumably, the studio must have been working on Mulan (1998) at the same time, but no doubt with different staff involved. In Japanese, gender is explicitly marked linguistically (Okamoto and Smith, 2004), especially when denominating oneself. Background information THIS BLOG claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless otherwise noted. Why can’t Jiji speak even though Kiki gets her flying ability back? And what makes her fly again? He has light brown hair and brown eyes. Thus, if Disney maintained Jiji’s high-pitched original voice, it may cause confusion to the Western audiences due to these reasons. This ideology can also be found in the conversation between Kiki’s mother and Dora, the old lady, talking about the witch training conventions. Personality Disney adds Dora’s comment on the tradition; “I was certain she was much too young to hold such an important job.”. 1.3 Childhood and independence She is voiced by Kirsten Dunst (who also played Judy Shepherd in Jumanji, Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man trilogy and Christy Fimple in Small Soldiers. All pictures are assumed to be in the public domain. The letter’s concluding sentence is significantly different in the two versions: Japanese: There are still some times when I feel sad, but all in all, I sure love this city. Firstly, it derives from the conventional characterization of a black cat in Western cultures. The list below introduces the forms of reference to self in Japanese and modes of each form. According to Stephens (1992; 49-50) “it is heavily determined by what our culture holds to be a satisfactory ending; thematic significances are likewise everywhere informed by what are held to be common cultural assumptions and values”. The different ending between the two works reflects a certain diverse ideological assumption toward children in each country. Images on this blog are copyright to their respective owners. Kiki: Yes, why? I have a lot on my mind”, which doesn’t directly contain the responsibility. First, don’t panic. Thus, he set Kiki in the middle age between 4-18 years old. Inventive, kind, clever, a bit sharp but well-meaning. Also, covered by Tombo’s interview, the line is not strongly emphasized, while the original work focalizes the silent interaction between Jiji and Kiki. If the period is only for one year, she can go home in a year, even if she still has not overcome her difficulties. This is the first official trailer for " Home ," the DreamWorks film that was originally going to be re... Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas: He's a Mean One, All Right! (Kiki smiled at his honesty and hugged him) Kiki… https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Tombo?oldid=3652204. Good The line is changed into, “I’m not mad at all, Tombo. While the word “sad” can be replaced with much broader feelings such as sorrowful, unhappy, disconsolate, lamentable, miserable, melancholy and so on, homesick refers to the feeling caused only by being away from one’s own home. Tales from Earthsea: Arren • Therru • Ged KIKI: There are so many beautiful buildings! This character article is a stub. Spirited Away: Chihiro Ogino • Yubaba • Zeniba • Haku • LinThe Cat Returns: Haru • Toto • Baron Humbert von Gikkingen English: There are still some times when I feel a little homesick, but all in all, I sure love this city. Matthew Lawrence (Disney dub)Eddie Frierson (Streamline dub)Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese) I have work to do.” This shows responsibility for her own work. In contrast, American culture regards childhood as a more innocent period, as Disney works have created a “simplification of the story” and “happy ending”, which makes everything clear for children (Stephens and McCallum, 2002). The person who helped her is Tombo, but Kiki is so embarrassed that she ditches him. As Miyazaki mentions in The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service (2006), Jiji is the immature side of Kiki. The study also demonstrates that the different form of first person pronoun can be correlated with shades of speech level, gender, dialectal differences, and social position (Ono and Thompson, 2003). The Polar Express (2004) - Tom Hanks Takes Us to S... Peter Pan (1953) - Disney Animation's Peak, Alice in Wonderland (1951) - Culmination of a Dream. Ponyo: Ponyo • Sosuke • Fujimoto • Granmamare • Lisa This ending makes child audiences wonder at first, but when they get older they can reinterpret the ending and the story in their own way, reflecting on their own experiences in real life. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Ono and Thompson (2003) insist the uniqueness of Japanese ‘pronouns’, emphasizing variety of forms of first person pronouns. Tombo Kopoli is the deuteragonist from the anime film Kiki's Delivery Service. Another significant simplified line appears at the very end of the story in Kiki’s letter to her parents. Jiji often says bad things in both versions, e.g. Nevertheless, the Western folktale companion seems to be invoked here. Indeed, Kiki feels more responsible for her work in the original. The ending in the original invokes lots of questions which connect to the main theme: do Jiji and Kiki regain the ability to talk after the story? American audiences have no opportunity to identify him as male until he is attracted by the neighbourhood female cat; also, there is the risk of audiences mistaking Jiji as a lesbian. She is a young witch who leaves home for a year to begin her training once she turns 13. He also wears glasses and a black leather jacket. MooseBox from Nickelodeon International on Vimeo . On the contrary, in the original work, it seems she can not go home unless she can both physically and mentally live on her own, and also some parts imply she will stay in her new hometown. She causes an accident and almost gets a ticket from an unsympathetic cop, but then someone causes a distraction and she manages to escape. ( Log Out / The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000) - ... An American Tail (1986) - Fievel Does America, The Secret of NIMH (1982) - Disney Without Disney, Megamind (2010) - A Witty, Amusing One-Joke Comedy. In another instance, when the two are in a sudden storm, Jiji warns Kiki, saying, “All right. My Neighbor Totoro: Totoro • Mei Kusakabe • Satsuki Kusakabe • Catbus Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) - A Glor... Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) - Full of Heart. As leaving parental home is the main factor to provide one’s independence (Sjöblom, 2006), in the story, leaving home and living on one’s own is one of the practical conditions to become an official witch. ""Do I really look that funny?" The word “homesick” can come from a strong concern of leaving home in American society, as I discussed that some American people might think she is too young to be living independently so that she can get homesick rather than endure sadness. I have work to do.” This shows responsibility for her own work. He wears a orange and white striped shirt and blue pants. “I hate them”, while Kiki tries to endure without saying anything. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) - Burl Ives Rules! He is voiced by Matthew Lawrence in Disney's English dub and Eddie Frierson in Streamline dub. Light brown hair with white t-shirt with red stripes, blue pants and glasses Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Change ). change leads to a different impression about Kiki’s difficulties. Koriko Character information "What a cool witch! One goes through the confusion of an unbalanced mentality including jealousy, inferiority and so on which one has never experienced before (Isaacs, 1999), as Kiki does in the story. (Kiki became unsure) Tombo: I promise. "Home." "Moosebox." It was the first film released under a 15-year distribution partnership between The Walt Disney Company and Studio Ghibli; Walt Disney Pictures produced an English dub in 1997, which premiered in United States theaters at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 23, 1998. In terms of voice, the American version has Jiji as a more mature male, while the Japanese version has Jiji voiced by a female voice actress, which implies youth. Second, don’t panic and third… Did I mention not to panic?” These kinds of conversations are generally conducted between a guardian and a child especially in the nurturing process. ( Log Out / Home It is not clearly explained in the original version that Kiki would only be away in training for one year – only that it is a custom for witches to live on their own once they are 13 years old. ( Log Out / Kiki's Delivery Service - A Witch's Coming of Age. All rights reserved. Metropolis (2001) - Robots and Humans Learning to ... Ghost in the Shell (1995) - Futuristic Crime Thriller. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) - The Caped Cr... Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) -... Puss in Boots (2011) - Enjoy an Evening with an Ol... Aladdin (1992) - Robin Williams is the King of Genies, The Jungle Book (1967) - The Bear Necessities. It's subtle and breif, but watch Kiki's expression: while she briefly looks disappointed that she still can't understand him despite regaining her powers and confidence, she seems to accept it and nuzzles him affectionately. I have work to do.” This shows responsibility for her own work. He is voiced by Matthew Lawrence in Disney's English dub and Eddie Frierson in Streamline dub. The Aristocats (1970) - Everybody Wants to be a Cat! Tombo is a slender 13-year-old boy. Howl's Moving Castle: Sophie • The Witch of the Waste • Madam Suliman • Prince Justin • Markl • Howl Kiki's Delivery Service: Kiki • Jiji • Osono • Fukuo • Ursula • Tombo In contrast, in English grammar, “I” is the only way to identify one’s self. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Indeed, the actual target of this animation is the young people at the age from 18 to early twenties who move to a big city: as Miyazaki states in an interview the model of Kiki is someone who wants to be a cartoonist coming alone to Tokyo. Her only companion is her cat, Jiji, who can talk to Kiki and give her occasional advice. When Kiki gets upset after she sees Tombo’s friends, she says to Tombo, “I’m not angry. The Wind Rises: Jiro Horikoshi • Naoko Satomi • Giovanni Battista Caproni. Evil Mickey Attacks Japan (1934) - You Cannot Escape the Evil Mouse! If Kiki was 18 years old, it would become too realistic and 5 years-old kids wouldn’t be engaged in the story. Kiki's first delivery, a stuffed cat that looks like Jiji. However, as I mentioned that American society has intense sensitivity towards a film which produces an immoral notion, it is possible to exist some response from American parents who object to the idea of such a young girl leaving home. Do you... You'll Never See These Disney Movie Scenes the Same Way Again Let me warn you at the beginning that, once you see some of these re... © 2020 filminspector.com. Consequently, it is possible to recognize the sex of a character from what they call themselves and the general characteristic of the character. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Thus, her commitment to the training tradition is much heavier in the original film. Applying to this Japanese linguistic practice, once Jiji starts to speak with a high-pitched voice, the audience can quickly notice that Jiji is a “young” boy, before the period his voice changes due to growth.
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