A few more Kiki comments. I earlier linked to the Japanese version of Kiki's Delivery Service on YouTube with English subtitles. I wanted B to see a little this morning, but he neither speaks Japanese nor reads English and so I found the Disney version that's been dubbed as well. It's really interesting comparing the two.
The best I can guess is that who ever did the dubbed version thinks Americans are either really stupid or have the attention spans of sparrows. I know that's overstating it, but virtually any point of silence in the original is dubbed over with new dialogue in the English one. For instance, when Kiki flies into the town, in the original, she simply flies into a flock of birds and the audience is left to imagine the pleasure of flight. In the English version, they have Kirsten Dunst going, "wheee! wahoo!" Then in the original she waves at a passing boat. In the Disney one, she waves, then yells hello down to them and they yell hello back. A bit later, she's admiring the bustling city, and in the original we simply see what she sees, lots of cars, a bustling market, etc. In the Disney version, she has to say, "look at all the cars!", "wow, a market!" Can we not see that it's a market without her telling us? Apparently, we must be told her reasoning and emotions at all times.
So I'm linking both versions this time. To see what I'm talking about, watch just the first two minutes of the top one which is in Japanese. It's not so much the different translations that annoy me, since I don't know which is better, and translation is a really tough business, but it is plain when she is speaking and when not, and she does a lot more talking in the English. Then look at the bottom one which is the dubbed one. You will notice, additionally, that the English cat has a very different character. Unfortunately, the clips don't sync perfectly, so, while it's the first two minutes to watch in the Japanese one, it is from 2:50 to 4:50 in the English one below.
Japanese, watch 0:00 to 2:00
English, watch 2:50 to 4:50 (OK, time seems to be backwards on this, so it's 7:30 to 5:30.)