CineEurope: Tom Hanks Joins Disney Onstage to Promote 'Toy Story 4'

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In the longest studio presentation at the event, the company previewed upcoming titles from all of its labels, including Fox brands.

If there were questions about how Disney would cram all of its product into its CineEurope presentation on Wednesday in the wake of its acquisition of Fox’s assets, they were justified.

Lasting roughly two hours, the longest and also the last of this year’s studio product presentations in Barcelona covered new films from Pixar, Lucasfilm, Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Marvel, Disney Animation and Disney live action.

The undoubted highlight of the presentation was the appearance of Tom Hanks, who plugged the latest installment in the Toy Story franchise, Toy Story 4, which bows this weekend.

Life-sized Toy Story characters posed for photographs in the hall before the presentation and gift bags with a stuffed Woody doll, among other gifts, were handed out afterward to exhibitors.

The CineEurope audience enjoyed first looks and previously unseen footage on a number of projects, including some just announced on Wednesday, such as Pixar's Soul and director Matthew Vaughn's The King’s Man.

The confab's attendees also previewed a handful of other animated projects from Disney, Pixar, Fox Animation and Blue Sky. They saw never-before-seen clips and heard what promises to be the banner song from November’s Frozen II, “Into the Unknown,” along with an exclusive first look at Spies in Disguise, which is in the works for a Christmas release.

Disney also offered a sneak peek at The Lion King, which brought a choir onto the stage to close out the presentation with a rousing rendition of “The Circle of Life.”

As for live-action efforts, the Barcelona crowd was the first to see a teaser trailer for Mulan, due out in March 2020. They also got an extended look at October’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor join Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning; and clips from the Disney ride-inspired Jungle Cruise, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson and slated for a July 2020 release.

Disney touted the Fox franchise finale Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with a video of behind-the-scenes footage from the previous eight films in the franchise and featuring comments from J.J. Abrams. The film is set for a Christmas premiere.

Director Pete Doctor recorded an introduction to the Pixar film Soul, a new project announced Wednesday and expected to premiere in roughly one year. Also in the works at Pixar for a 2020 release is the suburban fantasy Onward, of which the CineEurope audience got a behind-the-scenes look.

For adult audiences, Disney showed extended footage and a recorded introduction from the cast and crew of Terminator: Dark Fate, which has a planned day-and-date release in October, and the very first behind-the-scenes look at The King’s Man, the franchise’s latest installment set for a February 2020 release in Europe.

The company also offered an extended look at and recorded director introduction to the true story of Ford vs Ferrari,  starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. CineEurope audiences also saw a trailer for the Brad Pitt vehicle Ad Astra, set to open in September; the August release The Art of Racing in the Rain; and the Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani starrer Stuber, due out next month.

Fox Searchlight International president Rebecca Kearey presented a teaser reel of upcoming pictures from her division (which turned 25 this year), including the horror title Ready or Not; Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit; Terrence Malick’s Cannes entry A Hidden Life; the psychological drama Lucy in the Sky; the Guillermo del Toro-produced Antlers; and the comedy Downhill, starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

No new films were presented from Marvel, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige offered a video message about the franchise’s past success and eventual curtain-raising on new projects. Avengers: Infinity War was given the ComScore European Box Office Achievement Award at CineEurope this year.

The team presenting in Barcelona included Disney’s Cathleen Taff, president of distribution and franchise; Tony Chambers, senior vp studio distribution; Lee Jury, senior vp studio and integrated marketing; and Fox Searchlight International’s Kearey.