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  • John Musker Question Countdown #1

    During Mermaid, what would Howard do that would inadvertently make you laugh, and what would he do that would make you pull your hair out? In this post, the last in my ten question series about Howard, I would like to share a final mosaic of memories about him, my relationship with him, what I [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown #2

    Could Howard ever have been promoted to a director, despite his relative lack of knowledge of animating a film? As I considered this question, it seemed to suggest three additional questions, all of which affect the answer to this one. The first question is: Do I think Howard had the necessary skill set to be [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown #3

    Do you think Howard would have been a good fit for Hercules, with its gospel and rock qualities? I think Howard would have had fun with the gospel and rock and roll approach we used for Hercules.  In all honesty, Howard was, in a way, very instrumental in the choice of that approach, even though [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown #4

    Question #4 What did you think of the stage adaptations of Aladdin and Little Mermaid? Did you get to have any input during the creative process of either show?   Ron Clements and I had almost no input to either the Little Mermaid or Aladdin stage productions.  I am not sure exactly why.  Roger Allers [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown #5

    Question #5 How does an idea for a project usually begin? Where does inspiration come from? And how long does it take for an idea to really take off? No two projects have the same period of gestation.  And their sources are usually varied as well.  As has been recounted here and elsewhere, Little Mermaid [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown # 6

    Question #6 The other day, I was watching Mermaid with commentaries on, and whenever a certain scene came up, John would say, “Oh, Howard wrote that,” which surprised Alan Menken. So my question is how much of The Little Mermaid, story-wise and script-wise, did Howard contribute and did his strong sense of storytelling create a [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown – Number 7

    Question Number 7:  I know that Howard came to Disney and taught you guys a lot about musical theater but I also know he was very excited about learning how animation works. What did you teach him? Did you have to move him away from thinking like a theater person and if so, in what [...]

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  • And Now, Without Further Delay – John Musker Question Number 8

    John Musker back behind the eight ball with question number 8: How much input did you have on Mermaid’s songs? Were they perfect to begin with, or did you have to advise Howard to change the lyrics? When Ron Clements and I wrote our ten-page treatment for Little Mermaid, we had ideas for a few [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown – Number 9

    John Musker here with question #9 in our countdown: “This is a tricky one. How different would Aladdin have turned out had Howard lived? Did Howard ever write a screenplay or did Linda Woolverton write the original draft?” This is almost impossible to answer.  Based on our work with Howard on Little Mermaid, he would [...]

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  • John Musker Question Countdown – Number 10

    John Musker here, he of the tall, spindly frame and hatchet face, and happy to shed some light on the man who particularly helped Ron Clements and me bring a mermaid to life, and a genie to strut his stuff: the uber-talented, brilliant, and sorely missed Howard Ashman. Hopefully my answers to the questions you [...]

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  • 10 Questions For John Musker

    This week’s blog is an experiment.   I thought it might be interesting to ask some questions of one of Howard’s colleagues at Disney. I thought it might be especially interesting if the questions came directly from readers of this blog. So I asked John Musker who, along with Ron Clements, was co-writer and co-director of [...]

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