Howard Is an American Documentary Streaming Online Watch on Disney+ Hotstar With English Subtitles, Release Date August 7th, 2020. Howard documents the life of songwriter Howard Ashman, who was known for writing the lyrics to Disney classic songs in films like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin among others. He died in 1991 due to complications of AID at the age of 40. Starring Howard Ashman, Sarah Gillespie, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Bill Lauch among others as themselves from archive footage and interviews. Directed and written by Don Hahn.