Create artwork for POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

Creators Selected On
February 4, 2019

The live action POKÉMON movie we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! POKÉMON Detective Pikachu brings elements of the video game of the same name, as well as the internationally loved POKÉMON to the big screen. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe in live-action roles.

To amplify the launch of the film, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legend Pictures LLC (“Legendary”) are creating an art activation campaign leading up to POKÉMON Detective Pikachu’s release, and they want to collaborate with you!

Artists, designers, illustrators and animators from around the world are invited to create one-of-a-kind static or animated artwork for POKÉMON Detective Pikachu inspired by the latest imagery and teaser trailer from the film.

Whether it's an illustration, a digital painting, an animated GIF, or even an alternative poster design, the judges are looking for captivating and imaginative artwork to help drive promotion and excitement socially across the film's marketing and digital channels.

Artwork will potentially be featured across the film's marketing campaign, including social accounts, print materials and merchandise. Five (5) pieces of art will be selected by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary and the Selected Artists will receive $2,000 for each piece selected.

about POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

Fans everywhere can experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before with the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. Ryan Reynolds stars as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time.

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Directed by Rob Letterman, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu also stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe. The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China.

the career opportunity
Five (5) artworks, as chosen by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary, will be selected. The Selected Artists will each:
  • Potentially have their artwork featured in POKÉMON Detective Pikachu's marketing campaign leading up to the release of the film
  • Potentially receive exposure for their work across POKÉMON Detective Pikachu's digital and marketing channels including print materials and merchandise
  • Receive $2,000 for each piece selected
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally (except for Brazil and Japan, and for countries in which the United States has embargoed goods (including without limitation, Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria)) to those who are at least 18 years of age and the age of majority at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Multiple submissions (up to 10) and artist teams are allowed.
  • Please note, that during the Submission Period, submissions may be featured on POKÉMON Detective Pikachu's social media channels with credit given to the artist.
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files but designs must be submitted in JPEG, PNG, or GIF, max size 10MB.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright and/or stock materials). Please no photography or video.
  • Artists may depict the likenesses of the characters in POKÉMON Detective Pikachu and may include the POKÉMON Detective Pikachu title treatment logo in their artwork. All rights in and to the characters and title treatment logo are reserved by Warner Bros. Pictures., Legendary and their licensors.
  • The Selected Artists may be asked to modify their design to fit production requirements.
  • All entrants, whether Selected Artists or not, hereby acknowledge and agree that POKÉMON Detective Pikachu intellectual property, and all intellectual property rights embodied therein, and all derivative rights thereof including the embodiment of that POKÉMON Detective Pikachu (collectively, “Detective Pikachu IP”) is the sole and exclusive property of Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary and/or their licensors, as applicable, and all entrants, whether Selected Artists, or not shall not obtain any right or interest of any kind whatsoever in Detective Pikachu IP.
  • Selected Artists (defined in Official Rules) grant Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary and their licensees and assigns, a worldwide, exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to use their submitted work in connection with the promotion and distribution of POKÉMON Detective Pikachu in all media, now known or hereafter devised. Selected Artists will be required to sign a license agreement.
  • All artists, whether Selected Artists or not, retain ownership only in the original portions of in their work that do not contain or are not derivative of Detective Pikachu IP excluding artists who have signed a license agreement. However, by submitting you hereby grant to Warner Bros. and Legendary a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license for three years to use your submitted work across their various online and social marketing platforms in association with the film POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • Any ownership in the work is subject to and restricted by Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary’s underlying rights in the Detective Pikachu IP and entrants may make only personal use (e.g. portfolio purposes) of the submissions without express written consent from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary; in no event, may an entrant obtain a fee, royalty, advertising revenue, or any other payment in exchange for the submission, other than those Selected Artists who receive an incentive from Sponsor.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within two days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow the guidelines or Official Rules.
  • Sponsor: Talenthouse, Inc.
how warner bros. pictures and legendary will choose
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    November 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline:
    January 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    January 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM
All times are in Pacific Time.