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Howard (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Howard serves as a bittersweet tribute to the life and legacy of a brilliant artist whose timeless songs served as the soundtrack for a generation of Disney fans.

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Directed by Don Hahn ("Beauty and the Beast"), "Howard" is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and creator of musicals including "Little Shop of Horrors." 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. Spanning his childhood in Baltimore, to his formative years in New York, and his untimely death due to AIDS, "Howard" goes in-depth to explore his journey to become the lyricist behind some of the most beloved and well-known classic family films in the world.

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I thought [director] Don Hahn did a beautiful job. You could really feel his affection for Howard. It's a moving and richly layered portrait.

August 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Hahn ... performs a delicate balancing act as he puts audio interviews over old photos, archive footage, and occasional animations.

August 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mostly it will just make you hungry to revisit Ashman's work. That's perhaps not the intended result of this fond tribute/merely serviceable survey of a too-short career - but it's not necessarily a bad one.

August 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If Hahn's filmmaking struggles to replicate the whimsical creativity of his subject, Ashman's genius shines through anyway.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There's little here that couldn't be divined from Ashman's Wikipedia article and it seems a shame that someone responsible for four such extraordinary movies should be given such an unremarkable cinematic biography.

August 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Howard" serves as a fitting celebration of that life and career. It's a chance for those who knew him to pause and fondly look back, in a way that merely adds to an appreciation of the parade that he helped start.

August 7, 2020 | Full Review…
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