Train Tracks Deadly for Kids, But Many Parents Underestimate the Danger

TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 — Think the chances that your kid could be hit by a train are slim to none?

New research suggests you should think again.

Issued to coincide with “Rail Safety Week,” the Sept. 23 report finds that, on average, a child dies of a train-related injury somewhere in the United States every five days. And for every death, another three children are injured.

The finding indicates that many parents may not realize the importance of addressing railroad safety, said Torine Creppy, president of Safe Kids Worldwide.

“In fact, fewer than half of parents we surveyed say they have talked with their children about it, and half of parents admit to taking risks around railroads,” Creppy added.

“We want to help parents get the little-known, but lifesaving information they need to protect themselves and their kids,” she added in a Safe Kids news release.

The Safe Kids Worldwide report highlights two key reasons people get hit by trains: car collisions and trespassing.

The report warns that collisions occur when drivers aren’t paying attention, ignore track safety barriers, or race to cross over the tracks before an oncoming train. The latter is a big mistake, Creppy and her colleagues noted, because even if a conductor spots a problem it’s impossible to stop a hurtling train on a dime. It can take upwards of a mile of advanced warning to bring a moving train to a full stop.

Trespassing on foot alongside tracks is both illegal and dangerous, they added. For one, modern trains aren’t as loud as one might expect. And they’re also considerably wider than the track itself — at least three feet wider on either side — which means being near, but not on, a track is no guarantee of safety.

In concert with Union Pacific Railroad, Safe Kids Worldwide offers some safety tips:

  • Only cross at designated track crossings.
  • Never try to beat a train across the tracks.
  • Always wait for trains to completely clear the crossing.
  • Don’t play, stroll or take photos anywhere near a train track.
  • Avoid distractions, such as cellphones or music, when preparing to cross a railroad track.

More information

There’s more on railroad track safety at Safe Kids Worldwide.

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Posted: September 2019 – Daily MedNews

Cartoon Network’s August Gets Moving with 5-Night ‘Infinity Train’ Event

Fresh animated adventures will be chugging along on Cartoon Network throughout August, with the series premiere of Infinity Train steaming along at the fore. The highly anticipated new show will debut with a five-night event, starting Monday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The day before, fans can watch K.O.’s videogame dreams come true when he meets Sonic the Hedgehog in an epic crossover episode of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes on Sunday, Aug. 4. Plus, new episodes of fan favorites including Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart, Victor and Valentino and Craig of the Creek offer even more tooned up action.

Thursday, Aug. 1
12 p.m. (ET/PT) DC Super Hero Girls “#BeastsInShow” When Babs and Kara spar over whose dog is better, they decide to settle it at the Metropolis Dog Show, where Ace the Bat-Hound and Krypto the Superdog suddenly find themselves called upon to save the day… in more ways than one.

Friday, Aug. 2
12 p.m. (ET/PT) DC Super Hero Girls “#GothamCon” A fun day for Barbara Gordon and her bestie Harleen Quinzel at Gotham City’s annual geekfest is turned on its head when the villainous Harley Quinn shows up to wreak havoc! Lucky for everyone, Batgirl just happens to be in the area…

Craig of the Creek

Craig of the Creek

Saturday, Aug. 3
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Cousin of the Creek” Craig takes his cousin, Bryson, to the Creek and accidentally starts a water balloon war.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Go with the Flow” When Sal stays with Victor and Valentino, the boys are annoyed by him as their roommate but eventually they learn how cool and magical he is.

12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Ninjago “The Explorer’s Club” The ninja must break into Explorer’s Club to obtain the second Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, running afoul of the club’s manager and irate club-members.

“Vengeance Is Mine!” Aspheera arrives at the Monastery of Spinjitzu and confronts Wu, forcing one of the ninja to make a heroic sacrifice.

Sunday, Aug. 4
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Deep Space Vacation” When Gar lets K.O. and Enid take a vacation to outer space, they get more than they bargained for.

“Let’s Meet Sonic” When world class hero Sonic the Hedgehog visits the plaza, he teams up with K.O. to save the day.

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes “Let’s Meet Sonic”

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Let’s Meet Sonic”

Monday, Aug. 5
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “Girls Night In Part 2” When Blackfire begins her plan to conquer Earth, the girls must pull out all the stops to defeat her.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “Popularity Conquest” When Mao Mao discovers that he is not as popular as Badgerclops and Adorabat, they decide to reinvent him as a kinder, cuddlier hero.

“Sick Mao” When Mao Mao won’t admit that he’s sick, he puts the town in danger.

7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Grid Car” Tulip, a headstrong 13-year-old girl, finds a mysterious train where every car contains its own universe.

“The Beach Car” Tulip strikes a deal with a cat in an attempt to get home, but is the price worth it?

Tuesday, Aug. 6
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Corgi Car” Tulip and One-One explore a car full of Corgis and face off against a mysterious monster.

“The Crystal Car” Tulip, Atticus and One-One enter a crystal forest car and have to take part in a musical ritual.

Wednesday, Aug. 7
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Cat’s Car” Tulip has to face her past.

“The Unfinished Car” The gang enters an unfinished train car and tries to fix it.

Thursday, Aug. 8
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Chrome Car” The gang meets a familiar face in a mirrored car.

“The Ball Pit Car” The gang is confronted by a strange new force on a Ball Pit Car adventure.

Friday, Aug. 9
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Past Car” Tulip takes a risk trusting an old foe. “The Engine” Tulip makes it to the front of the train and is faced with a choice.

Infinity Train

Infinity Train

Saturday, Aug. 10
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Camper on the Run” A runaway from a summer camp ends up at the Stump, but Craig suspects her story may not be what it seems.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Aluxes” When Victor finds an ancient relic that summons a gang of mischievous creatures, he uses them to do his bidding, which has disastrous consequences.

12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Ninjago “A Cold Goodbye” Having learned Zane is not dead, Master Wu prepares to go after him, but Lloyd and the other ninja take matters into their own hands and defy their Master.

Victor and Valentino

Victor and Valentino

Sunday, Aug. 11
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Big Reveal” K.O. finds out who his father is.

“Radical Rescue” Rad is forced to reconsider his identity when K.O. starts taking on some of his traits.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “Thumb War” The gang decide to compete in the annual Thumb War competition, but a surprise forces Mao Mao to deal with the unthinkable… losing.

“All By Mao Self” Mao Mao’s desire to be a legend drives him to keep topping himself. But how much is enough?

Monday, Aug. 12
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “The Great Disaster” Robin gets amnesia and starts thinking that Hawkman is his mother.

Saturday, Aug. 17
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Stink Bomb” An accidental stink bomb explosion causes the kids to evacuate the Creek, but Craig takes it upon himself to rescue those left behind in the stench.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Guillermo’s Gathering” When Victor and Valentino are forced to go to Guillermo’s boring birthday party, they devise a scheme to leave early, but end up discovering that the party is way cooler than they thought.

Sunday, Aug. 18
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Let’s Get Shadowy” K.O. teams up with an unlikely ally to take on an old foe.

“You’re a Good Friend, KO” K.O. brings Dendy along for a hero mission in order to cheer her up.

Monday, Aug. 19
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “The Viewers Decide” It’s Titans West vs Titans East as the two teams compete for who gets Bumblebee.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “He’s the Sheriff” The gang struggles to get rid of the King when he joins them as their new deputy-for-a-day!

“Bobo Chan” Badgerclops adopts an abandoned monster, but some things are better left in the wild.

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

Saturday, Aug. 24
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “The Evolution of Craig” Craig rescues a tadpole and decides to raise him into a level 100 frog!

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Balloon Boys” Victor and Valentino go on a hot air balloon trip with Sal and compete to be his favorite, but things go awry when they try to use the magical Nazca Lines to their advantage.

Sunday, Aug. 25
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Red Action 3: Grudgement Day” K.O. and Enid attempt to prevent a mysterious power battle between Rad and Red Action.

“Carl” A pleasant weekend goes awry when a monster attacks.

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Cartoon Network’s ‘Infinity Train’ Debarks with August 5 Premiere

Cartoon Network will debut its newest, mysterious animated series Infinity Train with a special five-night event beginning Monday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Created by Owen Dennis, Infinity Train is a wild adventure filled with puzzles and peril at every twisty turn of events. Developed through Cartoon Network’s award-winning Global Artists program, the original short spurred immediateate attention — gaining over five million views on YouTube since launch.

Infinity Train follows Tulip (voiced by Ashley Johnson), a headstrong 12-year-old girl, who must use her wits to uncover the train’s many secrets – and hopefully return home. Tulip’s mind-bending journey will find her forging friendships with One-One (voiced by Jeremy Crutchley), a robot with dueling personalities, and Atticus (voiced by Ernie Hudson), the canine king of Corginia. But with new surprises awaiting in every car, will Tulip ever find a way off the train?

Later this month, Infinity Train will make its official San Comic-Con International: San Diego debut with a star-studded cast appearance on Saturday, July 20.

Executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios as the latest addition to the network’s growing global slate of original animated series, Infinity Train will also be available on the CN App and VOD.

Infinity Train

Infinity Train

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Exclusive Clip: “Friend vs. Food” in ‘How to Train Your Dragons’

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has landed on disc! To celebrate, our chums at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are sneaking us a peek at one of the release’s many engaging bonus features. In this clip, Hiccup explains the trials and tribulations of integrating dragons into Berk’s sheep farming society.

Read more about the The Hidden World on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD here, and don’t forget to enter our monthly giveaway contest for a chance to win your own free copy!

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Broncos Legend Terrell Davis Jumps on the CBD Train

Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis knows a thing or two about pain and injury. The Pro Football Hall of Famer was on his way to becoming one of the game’s greatest of all time when major knee injuries derailed his career — but not before he racked up nearly 9,000 overall yards, 65 touchdowns and plenty of hits.

Davis says he would’ve been able to suit up longer if he’d been allowed to take CBD during his playing days. And now the three-time All-Pro running back is pushing the cannabinoid after partnering with Defy, a CBD-infused sports drink.

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A compound of hemp and marijuana, CBD isn’t psychoactive, but rather shows potential for treating pain, inflammation, anxiety and skin disorders, among other afflictions. In an interview with TheStreet, Davis says he’d been taking anti-inflammatory medications for years to treat joint pain and migraines.

“And we all know that the long-term effects of being on anti-inflammatory medicine is not good,” he says in the story. “I’ve been on CBD for well over a year now, and I can tell you that my body feels great. I have no more inflammation in my body, my knee, and my joint pain is gone. My migraines — I haven’t taken migraine medicine for over a year.”

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Davis recently told TMZ that taking CBD might have helped with the inflammation he suffered during rehabilitation to get back on the football field, possibly extending his shortened career.

In addition to this new venture with Defy, Davis is involved with other cannabis-industry efforts, such as working with the Minority Cannabis Business Association to promote a more diverse pot industry.

Defy hasn’t hit shelves just yet. But because the product is made from hemp-derived CBD, the company won’t have to limit sales to marijuana dispensaries where pot is legal; it can also offer it online or at CBD stores around the country.

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Screening at TAAFI with Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) will host a screening for DreamWorks Animation’s latest feature film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, followed by a Q&A with Canadian director and writer Dean DeBlois and Canadian actor Jay Baruchel.

The screening runs on Saturday, February 16 at 7:15PM at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema during the TAAFI 2019 Festival, which showcases more than 100 animated shorts and four feature films from more than 50 countries worldwide.

“We’re excited to screen this animated feature film by DreamWorks Animation, a world-class animation powerhouse,” said Ben McEvoy, Chair, TAAFI. “Additionally, this is a special screening for TAAFI as we celebrate Dean DeBlois and his work to elevate Canadian talent in the animation industry.”

Born and raised in Canada, DeBlois directed Lilo & Stitch and the previous two How to Train Your Dragon films. He started his career working as an assistant animator and layout artist while attending college. He graduated from Sheridan College, where he studied animation.

Baruchel is a Canadian actor and screenwriter, known for his roles in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Knocked Up, This Is the End, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and more. He began his career in television prior to his role in the Oscar-winning film Almost Famous.

Film synopsis: Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid (America Ferrera), Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon films).

Learn more about the movie in our cover story in the March ‘19 issue of Animation Magazine, and visit

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opens in theatres in Canada on February 22.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Jay Baruchel

Jay Baruchel

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Dean DeBlois

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Dark Horse Flies with New ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Book

Fans of DreamWorks Animation’s much-anticipated March 2019 movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will have a new art book to look forward to next year. Dark Horse is publishing a lavish hardcover art book featuring exclusive art from the movie as well as commentary from writer-director Dean DeBlois and artists who worked on the third installment of the trilogy.

The 184-page volume will feature hundreds of development art, and will retail for $ 39.99, and is currently available for pre-order, ahead of it its March 5 pub date. The new art book is written by Linda Sunshine, and features an intro by DeBlois, a foreword by voice stars Jay Baruchel and America Ferrara, and an afterward by DreamWorks Animation chief Chris DeFaria.

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Why Choo-Choo is Better for Baby’s Language Skills Than Train

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 — Baby talk may sound silly, but it speeds infants’ language development, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Scotland recorded people talking to 47 infants whose language development was assessed at ages 9, 15 and 21 months.

Tots who more often heard baby talk words like bunny or choo-choo developed bigger vocabularies between 9 and 21 months of age. Words that end in “y” like tummy and doggy and those that repeat sounds such as choo-choo and night-night had the biggest benefit.

Such words may help babies identify words in speech, according to the University of Edinburgh researchers.

Researchers did not find the same benefit from baby-talk words that sound like their meaning, such as woof and splash.

The study was recently published in the journal Cognitive Science.

“Our findings suggest that diminutives and reduplication, which are frequently found in baby talk words — across many different languages — can facilitate the early stage of vocabulary development,” lead researcher Mitsuhiko Ota said in a university news release.

Ota is director of postgraduate studies for Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more on speech and language development.

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Posted: August 2018 – Daily MedNews

Renegade Animation at 25: The Little Toon Train that Could

Renegade studio founders Ashley Postlewaite and Darrell Van Citters. Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgensen

Renegade studio founders Ashley Postlewaite and Darrell Van Citters. Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgensen

How much of a challenge has it been to keep an animation studio up and running throughout the industry’s vast technological and artistic upheaval of the past 25 years? You can definitely ask Darrell Van Citters and Ashley Postlewaite, who launched the indie toon shop Renegade Animation in 1992, and recently enjoyed their quarter-century anniversary.

With a core staff of about 25 at its Glendale, Calif., studio, and the ability to ramp-up at any time through an established free-lance base, as well as utilizing Canadian studios for the actual animation, Renegade provides production services for commercials, episodic television, videos, short cartoons, even video games. Recently, under the supervision of marketing and development head Brittney Jorgensen, the studio has launched an aggressive development-and-pitch campaign to sell their own series.

“We’ve seen our own base in terms of episodic production––we’re not even calling it television anymore — triple,” Ashley Postlewaite says. “I feel the newer players on the scene, like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, are set up for the independents. They’re looking for things that independents creators come up with, and we’re more driven to create shows that we love and then figure out where they go.”

Prior to founding Renegade, Darrell Van Citters had been creative director at Warner Bros. Classic Animation, where he was charged with directing new Looney Tunes cartoons and commercials, including the influential “Hare Jordan” spot for Nike. While that might sound like a dream job for any animator, the problem was the future.

“Mostly what we were doing was commercials, and this whole thing about bringing the shorts back seemed to be pretty vague,” Van Citters says. “In order to keep talent, I talked to upper management about broadening our reach with commercials to where we’d do anybody’s commercials, instead of doing only licensed product commercials. I got a big, resounding ‘Eh.’”

Van Citters made the decision to strike out on his own. “I said, ‘If you guys don’t want to do this, I’ve got to go out and do something while there’s still time to do it.” He approached Postlewaite, who was then a producer for WB Classic Animation, and the two formed a business plan. Within a year, Renegade opened for business with Postlewaite as executive producer, and Van Citters as supervising director.

Moving Beyond Commercials

Initially, their plan was geared exclusively toward commercial production. One of their highest-profile ads was the 1993 Carl’s Jr. spot featuring basketball rebel Dennis Rodman, whose tattoo comes to life while he powers down a gloppy burger (Van Citters refers to such live-action and animation hybrids as “2 1/2D”). But when other, non-advertising offers came in, Renegade was open to them. “I’ve always liked the quote, ‘If you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you have to have a high tolerance for ambiguity,’” Postlewaite says.

Ambiguity became reality through a call from producer Sam Register at Cartoon Network in the early 2000s, who was prepping a pilot and needed an animation house. Renegade took both the job, and with it came an epiphany. “We were like, ‘Oh, my god, we have to figure out how to do this!’” Van Citters recalls.

The pilot went to series, and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi ended up running three seasons, from 2004 to 2006. It is the series for which Renegade is best known, though the studio also provided the animation for The Mr. Men Show, which ran for two seasons beginning in 2008. At the same time, it was producing an original direct-to-video feature called Christmas is Here Again, which was released in 2007.

Such work was made possible by way of the studio’s having already conquered one of its biggest challenges, the shift to all-digital animation. “Our initial business plan didn’t contemplate computers or mention the Web,” says Postlewaite. “When Flash [animation] came into the market, we thought it might be a tool that would help us create a paperless 2D pipeline, and help us be efficient enough to maybe do episodic, or longer form things in-house.” That transition was facilitated through a bit of ingenuity. “We took our traditional animation desks, with the discs in them, and retrofitted them, creating discs that would hold laptops so the animators could draw on the screens, and turn them the way they were used to,” she says. “The animators could be comfortable physically that not too much had changed.” (Since then, though, those innovative desks have all been replaced with Cintiq animation tablets.)

The Magic of Technology

Changes in technology did not simply affect the production pipeline, though. Van Citters notes that it had an effect what is being produced. “Technology has also taken commercials away,” he notes. “Then cereal companies at one point decided they didn’t want to spend the money on advertising anymore, they wanted to spend it on promotion and coupons. There was a lot to adapt to in a very small period of time. And then the damned recession hit.”

Renegade survived the crash of 2008 in large part, both say, through simple fiscal conservatism. “When we’ve had good years, we didn’t go out and buy the newest BMW,” Postlewaite says. “We saved for a rainy day, and were able to get through it.”

Van Citters also draws upon his forty years in the business as a philosophical guideline. “I got into this business in the seventies, when it was in the crapper,” he states. “Animation didn’t look like it was going anywhere, but lo and behold, we became part of the beginning of the renaissance of animation. So, I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. But a lot of people who got into animation in the late 1980s or early ’90s, they thought it was all up.”

Van Citters’ conservative approach also seems to spread to trumpeting his own reputation. “When I go to different studios to do talks about my books [The Art of Jay Ward Productions and Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol], I say I’m probably the industry’s best-kept secret,” he says. Postlewaite, however, toots the horn for him. “I think a lot of people know that if it comes here it’s going to be smart, funny, and good-looking,” she says. “Darrell’s known for his sense of comic timing, and being adamant about things being tight, and working in terms of character and story. And it’s going to come in on time and on budget, and be at a high level.”

Among Renegade’s current projects is a partnership deal with the license-owner of the boomer-era “Funny Face” drink mix, which appeared in 1964 as a rival to Kool-Aid, and featured an entire cocktail of fruit-based characters. As with everything else the studio is developing, Van Citters says, “I’d like it to be funny. We need to laugh more than anything else right now.”

Through unforeseen changes in technology and distribution, through the highs of the so-called “toon boom” of the 1990s and its subsequent decline, even through the caprices of the American economy, Renegade Animation has weathered it all.

Says Postlewaite, “Somebody asked Darrell, ‘Did you ever think you’d get to 25 years?’ and his response was perfect: ‘We didn’t think we would fail, but we never thought about what it would mean if we didn’t fail.’”

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“I think a lot of people know that if it comes here it’s going to be smart, funny, and good-looking. Darrell’s known for his sense of comic timing, and being adamant about things being tight, and working in terms of character and story.”

Ashley Postlewaite, Renegade Animation co-founder

Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgensen

Renegade studio founders Ashley Postlewaite and Darrell Van Citters. Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgensen

Renegade studio founders Ashley Postlewaite and Darrell Van Citters. Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgensen

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Funny Face

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Renegade’s interactive tutorial for Adobe Character Animator

Renegade’s interactive tutorial for Adobe Character Animator

Renegade Studios. Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgensen

Renegade Studios. Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgensen

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F. Murray Abraham Gets Villainous for ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Deadline has revealed that Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, The Grand Budapest Hotel) will be voicing the villain “Grimmel” in upcoming DreamWorks Animation sequel How to Train Your Dragon 3. Universal is releasing the picture March 1, 2019.

While Abraham has previously provided some voice-over and narration work for other projects, he has only recently gotten into the animated character game. He is set to voice “Jupiter” in Wes Anderson’s upcoming Isle of Dogs.

The celebrated actor — whose 100-plus credits range from Scarface to Muppets from Space — will join established Dragon stars Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Kristen Wiig, T.J. Miller, Jonah Hill, et al in the new adventure of Hiccup, Toothless and their dragon-riding pals. Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harrington are also reportedly returning to voice their roles from the second film.

Dean DeBlois returns for a third time as director; he is also filling story/screenplay and exec producer roles. Bonnie Arnold is producing.

Based on the books by Cressida Cowell, the first How to Train Your Dragons movie opened in 2010, pulling in nearly $ 495 million in worldwide box office. The second (2014) added $ 621.5M. The toon franchise encompasses several short films, hit TV series and games.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Suitcase of sapphires and other gems worth 1 million pounds stolen from London train

LONDON (Reuters) – British police were hunting for an unidentified man on Tuesday after a suitcase containing 1 million pounds ($ 1.3 million) worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London’s Euston station.

An image taken from CCTV shows a man the Metropolitan Police would like to speak to after a suitcase containing 1 million pounds ($ 1.3 million) worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London’s Euston station, Britain November 8, 2017. Metropolitan Police handout via REUTERS

The owner, a 35-year-old jewelry dealer, boarded a train to Birmingham on Nov. 8 but when the train arrived at Rugby in central England, he discovered that his suitcase of rubies, emeralds and sapphires was no longer on the luggage rack.

Police released a grainy image of a man who they said they would like to speak to.

“I would like to speak to the man in the CCTV images about this extremely high value luggage theft,” Det. Sgt. Nick Thompson from British Transport Police said.

“The suitcase was a large black suitcase and contained more than 40 gems such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden

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Runaway 7-year-old takes train to airport, boards plane with no ticket

GENEVA (Reuters) – A seven-year-old girl who ran away from her parents managed to take a train to Geneva airport and board a plane despite having no ticket.

The girl gave her parents the slip near Geneva’s central railway station on Sunday, then took the one-stop ride to the airport. Her parents rang the Swiss police, who tracked her progress through the airport on security videos, airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli said.

She went through the security gate and managed to pass herself off as the child of adults around her, before using her small stature to slip through the departure gate without being noticed and boarding a plane, the airport said in a statement.

On her first attempt she followed a crew toward the plane and was turned back. She melted into the crowd and pretended to look for her parents. The second time, she managed to get into a plane, was spotted by an official, stopped, and handed over to police.

Staempfli declined to say which airline was involved or where it was flying to, but he said it was leaving from the airport’s French sector and the destination was in France.

Geneva airport straddles the French-Swiss border and passengers can leave from France or Switzerland.

The airport said in the statement it would tighten safety rules and boarding procedures as a result of what it called the “highly regrettable incident”.

“This should never have happened,” Staempfli said.

Reporting by Tom Miles

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Diving into Taipei’s summer university games from a train

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Commuters in Taiwan on Tuesday pretended to hit a ball with a bat, swim and run on a Taipei subway train as part of a campaign to promote the capital’s Summer Universiade games this month.

The floors of the sports-themed train were covered to resemble a swimming pool, soccer field, basketball court, baseball diamond and track field.

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The 3D ripple effect of the swimming pool floor caught the attention of many commuters, some of whom wore swimsuits and posed for photographs.

“It’s uncanny,” said Yuki Chou, who was costumed as a mermaid. “You feel like you’re actually there. So, I really feel like jumping in for a swim.”

Staged in summer and winter phases once every two years, the Universiade draws student athletes from universities around the world to compete.

The train campaign takes as its theme “Taipei in Motion”, named for a short film released in May that showcased sports interspersed with shots of urban transport in Taipei.

The 29th Summer Universiade kicks off on August 19 and runs to August 30, featuring 22 sports, from archery to wushu.

Reporting by Fabian Hamacher Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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