If you love a song from a classic Disney animated feature, it’s likely that Howard Ashman was the mind behind the words.
Don Hahn’s new documentary, “Howard” takes a look at the life of the Academy Award-winning lyricist and the legacy he left behind.
Ashman grew up with love for musical theater, and, after living the life of a starving artist in New York, he adapted Roger Corman’s film, “The Little Shop of Horrors,” into a musical with Menken which served as a turning point in his career.
The success led to some speed bumps but he eventually ended up in Los Angeles where he re-teamed with Menken to write songs that would later become benchmarks in Disney’s renaissance of animation.
He received many Oscar nominations for his work and won for songs in “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
However, while he was writing songs for “Beauty and the Beast,” he was struggling with AIDS. Howard died at age 39 before he was able to see his final Disney films release, but his legacy continues to inspire new generations.
“Howard” will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.
Read the story at Deadline.
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