The classic Studio Ghibli film, “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” was released in the United States in 1990, but its 1998 Disney English dub was particularly memorable for the star-studded cast behind the film’s endearing characters. The film’s main character, a friendly 13-year-old witch-in-training, Kiki, was voiced by Kirsten Dunst. On her path to becoming a witch, Kiki befriends a young boy named Tombo, who was voiced by Matthew Lawrence.
Lawrence brings the eager and inquisitive Tombo to life with ease and has no problem making viewers feel completely immersed in the character. In “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, Tombo is a young boy who is very enthusiastic about all things aviation. His interest in flying is what makes him so smitten with Kiki once he sees her flying on her broomstick.
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki recalled in an interview that the film was Studio Ghibli’s first hit title.” He said, “We finally got a movie to hit. All age groups have seen it, including small children and the elderly. I was not aware of this at the time. So the film was our first box office hit.”
In a behind-the-scenes interview for “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” Lawrence opened up about his love for voice work on animated films. “What’s great about animation is that whatever happens, you can do it over and over again,” he said. Indeed, her stellar performance as Tombo will help the beloved story of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” endure for generations.