‘Howard’ Documentary Arrives on Disney+ August 7 David Derks July 25, 2020 “Howard,” a documentary the follows the life and work of Disney Legend and Academy Award®-winning Lyricist Howard Ashman, will arrive on Disney+ beginning August 7. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. View this post on Instagram Meet the man behind the music that made the world go round. 🎶 Howard, an Original Documentary, is streaming Aug. 7 on #DisneyPlus. #HowardDoc A post shared by Disney+ (@disneyplus) on Jul 16, 2020 at 9:00am PDT Directed by Don Hahn, “Howard” is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Little Mermaid.” “You may not know his name, but you sure know Howard Ashman’s music,” said Don Hahn. “He’s one of the greatest storytellers of the twentieth century who helped to revitalize the American musical and re-energize Disney Animation. He left us a songbook that still lives on in us today, yet his personal story has never been fully told until now.” Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, personal films and photographs, as well as interviews with Howard’s friends and family, the film is an intimate look at the Disney Legend’s life, his creative drive, and the process behind the music. Ashman died of complications from AIDS in 1991, before “Beauty and the Beast” was released in theaters. The film features interviews with Ashman’s longtime musical collaborator Alan Menken, who also scored the film, Bill Lauch (Ashman’s Partner), Jodi Benson (voice of “The Little Mermaid”), Paige O’Hara (voice of “Beauty and the Beast”), Sarah Gillespie (Ashman’s Sister), and more. Produced by Hahn and Lori Korngiebel at Stone Circle Pictures, “Howard” premieres Friday, August 7, streaming exclusively on Disney+.