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My Neighbor Totoro Design Contest

About The Contest

About the Contest:

For Fans By Fans is pleased to announce we have partnered with Her Universe to bring you the My Neighbor Totoro Design Contest! 


RATINGS OPEN FROM 03/07/2018 UNTIL 11:59PM PST on 4/11/2018

About the Judges:


 Ashley Eckstein: Known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on the Star Wars animated series, actress and entrepreneur, Ashley Eckstein, also founded fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, Her Universe. Additionally, she is the voice of Mia the bluebird on Disney’s Sofia The First, Dagger on Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man, the voice of Cheetah on DC Super Hero Girls and was also heard on the big screen as the voice of Yaeko in the English adaptation of Studio Ghibli's beloved film Only Yesterday.

A recognized personality in the “geek world” and an in-demand actress and host for Disney, HSN and more, Ashley now adds author to the list with the May release of her inspirational new book, "It's Your Universe: You have the Power to Make It Happen" from Disney Publishing. Married to former Major League Baseball player and World Series MVP, David Eckstein, Ashley and David reside in Orlando, FL.


Crystal Hidley: Crystal Hidey is the Licensing Specialist for Hot Topic and Her Universe. In her free time she enjoys swing dancing, vintage fashion, and watching movies. A big fan of Howl’s Moving Castle, Crystal aspires to be as sassy as Calcifer.  


Ashley Taylor: Ashley Taylor is a Freelance Designer and Illustrator living in Southern California. Throughout the years, she has worked with various studios, celebrities and properties including Disney, Her Universe, Lucasfilm, Hot Topic and Studio Ghibli. Ashley is featured weekly on the Disney Parks Blog and has also been featured on, Disney Style and Ashley is also a contributing artist to The WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs.

How To Enter

 DOs & DON'Ts

1. Do: Make something original. Research to make sure your idea isn't already out there.

2. Do: Make stylized art! Let your style shine through on your design!

3. Do: Find inspiration from the world of My Neighbor Totoro. Crossovers to other films are not allowed.

4. Do: Have fun and be creative!

5. Don't: Use copyrighted Logos. 

6. Don't: Submit similar versions of the same design. Sometimes people submit the same design, but with small changes. This will only divide your votes and hurt your chances of winning rather than help it.

7. Don't: Use any copyrighted, 3rd party or inappropriate materials.  This contest is to submit art designs to be officially licensed.  If it is too obscene or mixes 3rd party, or copyrighted materials, it will NOT be approved.

8. Don't: Submit images or pictures from the movie.  Please create your own art!  

9: Don't: Create your own characters for the movie. Only Characters in your own art style from within the movie are allowed.

10. Don't: have characters appear to be endorsing a product or holding product branded with logos of any kind. 


To see our full set of Contest FAQ, please click here.
To see the Official Rules, please click here.

Q: The submission kit is not downloading.  I need help!
A: Please email [email protected].  We should be able to send you one directly.  Or try clicking here to see if it will directly download for you.

Q: What are the three "Additional Design Images" for?
A: One upload should be JUST the design itself so we can see it clearly. The other images, if you choose to upload them, can be other images of your design. Please remember that each design should be its OWN submission so don't use them to upload multiple designs.

Q: I'm having trouble uploading my images for my submission. What's going on?
A: Please make sure that each image is exactly 1000x1000px JPG, GIF or PNG and each image MUST be under 2MB.


Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: For most contests you can submit up to 10 designs unless otherwise stated.


Q: What file format do you accept?
A: All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG


Q: If I am a finalist, how large does my high-res art need to be?
A: We recommend that your file is done 15in by 19in at 300 dpi or as close to it as your art program can handle.  If your artwork is too small, it won't work on a tee-shirt and it can hurt your chances of winning.


Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: YES!! We encourage every artist submitting to the contest to promote themselves and their designs to friends, family and followers.  Through our experience we have found that more ratings help us determine what the fans really want as winners!  So please feel free to promote yourselves!


Q: It’s been more than 2 business days and I don't see my design on the site.  What’s going on with my design?
A: We review every submission we get before they are made live for viewing and rating.  We will make every attempt to review submissions within 2 business days.  Please know, if you’ve done any of the following we will not accept the design into the contest and you may not be notified.

- Your design has inappropriate materials or elements.
- Your design uses other copy righted material.  This means you are using other people’s intellectual property in your design you do not have the right to. No mash ups!
-You've used a design created by someone else as your own.
- It’s not a design. A direct photograph or a scribble you just drew on a piece of paper is not considered a shirt design.


Q: I see people cheating.  What should I do?
A: Please email [email protected] detailing what you are suspecting.  More details you can give the better we can make our decision.


My Neighbor Totoro Design Contest (the “Contest”) begins 03/7/2018 and ends 04/4/2018.  Must be age of majority[1] or older to enter who, at the time of entry, are legal residents of and are physically located in the United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.  One (1) Grand Prize winner will win a private theater screening for the winner and 10 guests, a collectible ticket, and an exclusive Studio Ghibli art print designed and signed by Ashley Taylor, or the equivalent cash value ($2,000), and no less than four (4) finalists will each win a specially curated mystery gift box hand-picked by Ashley Eckstein (value $300+). One entry per account during the Contest Period.  Total ARV of all prizes is $3,200. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for additional eligibility restrictions and complete details.  Sponsored by Hot Topic, Inc. 18305 E. San Jose Ave, City Of Industry, CA, 91748 United States (“Sponsor”) and administered by For Fans By Fans (“Administrator”).

[1] The age of majority is 18 for all states except for: Alabama (19), Arkansas (18 or graduation from high school, whichever is later), Delaware (19), Mississippi (21), Nebraska (19), Nevada (18, or if still in high school at 18, 19 or graduation, whichever comes sooner), Ohio (18 or graduation from high school, whichever comes first), Tennessee (18 or graduation from high school, whichever is later), Utah (18 or graduation from high school, whichever is earlier), Wisconsin (18, or if still in high school at 18, 19 or graduation, whichever comes sooner), Puerto Rico (21).


Prize Info

Grand Prize (1): Grand Prize winner will have design featured in stores, win a private theater screening for the winner and 10 guests, a collectible ticket, and an exclusive Studio Ghibli art print designed and signed by Ashley Taylor or the equivalent cash value ($2,000).


Finalists (4): Finalists will each win a specially curated mystery gift box hand-picked by Ashley Eckstein or the equivalent cash value ($300), and have their design featured in stores.