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The Kiki Delivery Service is one of Studio Ghibli’s most popular films, a large Japanese animation studio with international recognition and even an Oscar in its curriculum. However, when Disney acquired the rights to dub the projects in English, much bolder changes were made without Ghibli’s authorization.
Steve Alpert, Studio Ghibli’s international executive from 1996 to 2011, explained in a recent interview with Cartoon Brew that Disney has made extensive changes to Kiki’s Delivery Service, including additional music, sound effects and dialogues. All of this without prior notice to the studio responsible for the animation.
When Ghibli found out about the changes, a Disney executive producer received “the kind of verbal whip that makes grown men cry,” according to Alpert’s words, making it clear that the studio did not like the unauthorized changes in its production at all.
Kiki’s Delivery Service was originally launched in 1989. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the film tells the story of a little witch who follows the tradition of her family and, when she turns 13, leaves home with her cat Jiji and the mission of learn to survive on your own.
The film can be watched in Brazil by Netflix, as well as 20 other projects from Studio Ghibli.
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