When Disney+ announced what was going to be on their streaming platform, many eyes went straight to The Simpsons.
While it didn’t come under the Disney-family umbrella, it became a huge product offering for the new streaming service and hardcore fans around the world became excited. But, that excitement soon evolved to disappointment because of how The Simpsons was presented to its audiences.
Cast your mind back to watching The Simpsons a decade or two ago. Those episodes were originally broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio to fit our squarish TVs. But now, as widescreen has taken over, the later episodes of The Simpsons were created to fulfil a 16:19 widescreen ratio.
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And while that’s all good, the earlier episodes of The Simpsons (the first 19 seasons to be exact) have been adjusted to fit this new ratio on streaming services, which has left a lot of previous episodes cropped weirdly, left a poor image quality and some jokes missed. Here’s one example.
As a result, fans around the world were pissed, so much so that they took to social media to ask Disney+ to rectify this mistake. And well, rectify they did. In a week’s time, on May 28, Disney+ will restore all the old Simpsons episodes to fit the aspect ratio it was intended for. Thank God for that. You can check out the official announcement that Al Jean (the animation’s showrunner) made via Disney+’s official Twitter account.
Also, the day after this change happens (on May 29), audiences will also have access to the Oscar-nominated, 2011 animated short The Longest Daycare, so that’s exciting.
Also, The Simpsons also teased “new features” and “additional viewing options”, so who knows what that’ll entail. Only time will tell.
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