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The story of songwriter Howard Ashman who penned the lyrics for Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast before he died of AIDS at the height of the AIDS crisis in 1991.

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Howard Ashman ... Himself (archive footage)
Sarah Gillespie Sarah Gillespie ... Herself
Jeffrey Katzenberg ... Himself
Bill Lauch Bill Lauch ... Himself
Alan Menken ... Himself
Peter Schneider ... Himself
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The story of songwriter Howard Ashman who penned the lyrics for Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast before he died of AIDS at the height of the AIDS crisis in 1991.

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14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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An extraordinary documentary about an extraordinary man
25 April 2018 | by Scissorhands95See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see HOWARD at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the audience went crazy for it. Directed by acclaimed producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), this documentary showcases the life of Howard Ashman, whose songs have fundamentally changed Hollywood animation and continue to influence storytelling today.

Howard's life was cut short by the AIDS virus, and the documentary serves to honor his life and legacy. Hahn extensively interviews nearly everyone who ever crossed paths with Howard, and helps to shine a light on his musical genius. They go into a TON of detail, looking at Howard's childhood, hopes and dreams, fears, and, of course, his professional achievements (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, etc) at every point in his life.

For anyone who enjoys storytellers, musicals, Disney, or movies in general, I would highly, highly recommend this film. In HOWARD, Don Hahn made the ultimate tribute to a close friend: he has given us a glimpse inside the mind of a genius who went too soon.


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