His songs told stories for generations. Howard, an Original Documentary, is streaming Aug. 7 on #DisneyPlus.
Howard Elliott Ashman was an American playwright and lyricist. He collaborated with Alan Menken on several works and is most widely known for several animated feature films for Disney, for which Ashman wrote the lyrics and Menken composed the music. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, you name it, he was behind it.
The documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at Ashman’s unfortunately short-lived time at Disney before losing his battle with AIDS in 1991.