George Lucas is the origin of this project and was mocked more than once for creating this so-called cinematic monstrosity. Despite criticism, this film is a great family entertainment (although some scenes are a bit scary for the little ones). It appears that the poor reputaion film because of these critical prevents the film from being released on DVD in either zone 1 or 2.
Financial difficulties in the early 80s because of the construction of its business and its premises, George Lucas had financed HOWARD to recover freely. Unfortunately for him, the film was one of the biggest flops of the 80 He was then forced to sell the CGI animation department of his company to Steve Jobs, for a very good price it says; department that later became the famous studio Pixar.