Peter and I just got finished watching a new documentary that was released today on Disney+: "Howard". It was a beautiful, yet heartbreaking. Here is the synopsis:
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, “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.
Before tonight, we had not realized how vast Howard Ashman's influence and genius was. After the credits started rolling, we reveled in our appreciation for his work, but also for Disney documentaries in general. They gift us a deeper appreciation for things we already love so profoundly. We are such suckers for anything "behind the scenes" of Disney. Even us know it alls don't actually know it all!
As true blue Disney fanatics, we've watched plenty of documentaries over the years. We are so grateful that Disney+ has so many in it's library... But what we love even more is that it's embraced this genre of story telling. "You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality." This has always been one of our favorite quotes by Walt Disney. While the Walt Disney Company prioritizes preserving the show, these documentaries simultaneously shed light upon those people responsible for upholding the magic of Disney.
Here are a few of our favorites that you HAVE to watch (all on Disney+)!
- "Waking Sleeping Beauty"
- "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story"
- "Walt: The Man Behind the Myth"
So tonight I ask you, what Disney documentary touched your heart in a way you'll never forget? Whether it was released on Disney+ this year or you remember popping in its VHS twenty years ago, all answers are welcome!